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Non-Traditional Strategies for Care

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Trauma among First Responders, Military Personnel, and their Families |  Trauma in Clinical Settings
Dr. Elizabeth Wrape, Ph.D. |  Jessi Beyer
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Appropriate for All Levels
1.5 Hours
Audio and Video
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This video presentation will be in two parts.

Part 1 - Natural and Integrative Therapies for Military Members and First Responders

 In my presentation titled “Natural and Integrative Therapies For Military Members and First Responders”, I will discuss eight natural and integrative therapies that can be powerful additions to trauma healing journeys. While talk therapy is very well-supported and is the most common form of therapy, it is completely useless for military members and first responders who avoid it because of the stigma surrounding asking for help. Through expert interviews and reading published research, I have concluded that there are alternatives or additives to talk therapy that can be powerful additions to the healing journey and that are more welcoming and less stigmatized that traditional talk therapy: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Craniosacral Therapy, Dance-Movement Therapy, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Equine-Assisted Therapy, Canine-Assisted Therapy, Ecotherapy and Nature-Based Therapies, and Flower Essence Therapy. My presentation will give an overview of the therapies and the evidence surrounding them as to bring awareness to the therapies so that more of our military members and first responders can feel comfortable getting the help they need and deserve.


  1. Understand why natural therapies are often more effective for trauma healing for military members and first responders.
  2. Describe nine natural therapy methods that can be powerful additions to a survivor's healing journey.
  3. Comprehend the effect that the therapy stigma has on trauma survivors.

Part 2 - Family/Significant Other Inclusion in Treatment for Trauma

 Significant evidence has demonstrated the association between social support and mental health outcomes, particularly for trauma-related disorders. Further, symptoms of trauma-related disorders have been shown to have deleterious effects on relationships, particularly with regard to avoidance, emotional numbing, and hyperarousal. These effects even broaden to impacts on the mental health of other members of the family (e.g. children, spouses). The connection between coping with trauma and social support is particularly important for veterans, who experience higher levels of trauma than the general population. The purpose of this talk is to provide evidenced-based strategies for including families/significant others in treatment of trauma-related care for Veterans. As treatment can take a wide variety of forms, it is important to consider the spectrum of involvement, from collateral reporting, psychoeducation, and conjoint or family treatments. This talk will look at that spectrum of involvement, including possible contraindications for involvement of family members or considerations for the sequencing of care.


  1. Review research examining the importance of relationships in treatment for trauma-related disorders.
  2. Provide a spectrum of evidenced-based strategies for inclusion of families in trauma treatment.
  3. Identify areas of future need for inclusion of families in mental health care.

Orignally recorded at IVAT's 25th San Diego International Virtual Summit



Dr. Elizabeth Wrape, Ph.D. Related seminars and products

Clinic Coordinator

VA San Diego Healthcare System, University of California, San Diego

Dr. Wrape received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Texas in 2015 following completion of her predoctoral internship at VA North Texas Healthcare System.
She completed her fellowship at VA Puget Sound- Seattle Division in the Family Therapy Program, providing couple and family therapy services with a range of presenting problems.
Dr. Wrape is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the UCSD School of Medicine, as well as the Clinic Coordinator of the Family Mental Health Program (FMHP) at VA San Diego Healthcare System. She also serves as a study therapist, supervisor, and consultant on the FMHP-adjunctive RCT working with couples experiencing PTSD. Her clinical duties include systemic interventions for relationship distress in-person and via telemental health; primary modalities used are Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT), Cognitive Behavioral Couple Therapy for PTSD (CBCT), and Structural Family Therapy. Dr. Wrape’s research
interests include supervision and training particularly in family-service delivery, as well as examining innovative ways to provide couple and family services.

Jessi Beyer Related seminars and products

Speaker, #1 Best-Selling Author, and Mental Health Advocate

Jessi Beyer International, LLC

Jessi Beyer is a speaker, mental health advocate, and the #1 best-selling author of How To Heal: A Practical Guide To Nine Natural Therapies You Can Use To Release Your Trauma. She has been featured in dozens of media outlets, including Best Company, Thrive Global, and Elite Daily, and has spoken to thousands of people across the country through groups like Leadercast NOW, the WomenTech Global Conference, and Missouri State University. Outside of her professional life, Jessi is a K9 search and rescue handler and proud pet mom. You can read the first three chapters of her book for free at or connect with her on social media @jessibeyerinternational.

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