Love My Detour: Post Traumatic Gifts Programming is now listed as part of the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military, and can be found on the National Initiative Directory, as well as www.ArtsAcrosstheMilitary.org.
Learn about Amy’s Trauma Program at www.amyoes.com/trauma
Theatre and the Military: Resources
“It has been suggested that ancient Greek drama was a form of storytelling, communal therapy, and ritual reintegration for combat veterans by combat veterans. Sophocles himself was a general. At the time Aeschylus wrote and produced his famous Oresteia, Athens was at war on six fronts. The audiences for whom these plays were performed were undoubtedly composed of citizen-soldiers. Also, the performers themselves were most likely veterans or cadets. Seen through this lens, ancient Greek drama appears to have been an elaborate ritual aimed at helping combat veterans return to civilian life after deployments during a century that saw 80 years of war.” – Outside the Wire LLC
- The Anguish of War for Today’s Soldiers, Explored by Sophocles – New York Times
- How Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Help Veterans Deal with PTSD – Vice.com
- Improv Comedy Helps with PTSD in the Military – Channel 4 News
Art Therapy and the Military: Resources
Amy has written several articles for The 296 Project, anArt Therapy Based Veteran Service Organization and the 2015 Vetty Award Winner. Read her contribution, How Creativity Saved My Life, and learn more about her expressive arts workshops.
“Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) represent significant burdens for those afflicted, their caregivers, and military and civilian healthcare delivery systems. New approaches are urgently needed to help active service members suffering from PTSD & TBI thrive on duty and successfully transition to civilian life. The application of creative and expressive therapies as part of treatment plans has recently shown significant and sustained benefit at leading institutions such as Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, and various VA institutions across the country. – Art and Healing
Amy’s presentation, Post Traumatic Gifts, is an in-depth look at the physical and psychological aftermath of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, including symptoms, and traditional/non-traditional modes of healing.”
These multidisciplinary aspects of healing can be explained with a quote from “The Body Keeps the Score” by Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk:
“The imprints of traumatic experiences are organized not as coherent logical narratives but in fragmented sensory and emotional traces: images, sounds, and physical sensations.”
When bring these sensations – what can be too overwhelming and painful for words – to light through creative expression.
Amy’s art has been featured in The Military Experience’s “As You Were: The Military Review, Vol. 6.” in honor of Memorial Day.
Amy’s PTSD presentation has been adapted for both clinical and non-clinical audiences.
Clinical Presentations Include: 2016 American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, WOCN Society Nurse’s Regional and National Conferences, Mental Health America National Conference, 2016 Pacific Rim International Conference on Diversity and Disability, Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor
- Read Amy’s Article for Huffington Post: PTSD: The Illness I Couldn’t See (For Huffington Post and KevinMD Blog)
- Read Amy’s article: Modes of Healing for PTSD in the Military
Contact Amy today for inquiries and FAQs.