Many of us have family members, friends or significant others adversely impacted by some type of mental illness and have seen how it can compromise their interpersonal, social and occupational functioning. In this course, we will seek to understand mental disorders generally and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) specifically. We will also explore the accepted categories and symptoms of mental illness as outlined in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) of the American Psychiatric Association.
Charles Gaffney (firstname.lastname@example.org) was a mental health administrator in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs specializing in community-based and inpatient treatment of trauma survivors and their families. For more than 20 years, he worked with adolescents and adults and has managing programs at the local, regional and national levels. Charles earned a Bachelor of Arts in education from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Social Work from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.