DR. EDWARD TICK, Ph.D.
Honored for his groundbreaking work in the spiritual, holistic and community-based healing of veterans and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dr. Tick has been a psychotherapist for 40 years. He has been specializing in working with veterans since the 1970s.
Dr. Tick is the author of Sacred Mountain, The Practice Of Dream Healing, The Golden Tortoise, Wild Beasts and Wandering Souls and the award-winning book War And The Soul. His most recent book is Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul After War. He also has released a 6 CD audio book entitled Restoring the Warrior's Soul: An Essential Guide to Coming Home.
Dr. Tick is an internationally recognized educator and expert on veterans, PTSD, and the psychology of military-related issues. He has conducted trainings, retreats and workshops across the country and overseas. He has lectured and trained staff and worked with wounded warriors at West Point, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Fort Knox, Altus Air Force Base and other Dept. of Defense facilities. The Department of Defense now uses his pioneering work and he was the U.S. Army’s 2012 trainer for its annual Chaplain Sustainment Training in PTSD.
He is a tireless advocate for war-healing and peace-making, lecturing around the world and leading semi-annual educational, healing and reconciliation journeys to Viet Nam and Greece.
Dr. Tick is a gifted healer, teacher and guide specializing in using psycho-spiritual, cross-cultural, and international reconciliation practices to bring healing and hope to veterans, communities and nations recovering from the traumas of war and violence.
In their description of Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, Slate Magazine said, “Grossman cuts such a heroic, omnicompetent figure, he could have stepped out of a video game.” He has five patents to his name, has published four novels, two childrens’ books, and six non-fiction books to include his “perennial bestseller” On Killing (with over half a million copies sold), and a New York Times best-selling book co-authored with Glenn Beck.
He is a US Army Ranger, a paratrooper, and a former West Point Psychology Professor. He has a Black Belt in Hojutsu, the martial art of the firearm, and has been inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Col. Grossman’s research was cited by the President of the United States in a national address, and he has testified before the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Congress, and numerous state legislatures. He has served as an expert witness and consultant in state and Federal courts. He helped train mental health professionals after the Jonesboro school massacre, and he was also involved in counseling or court cases in the aftermath of the Paducah, Springfield, Littleton and Nickel Mines Amish school massacres.
Col. Grossman has been called upon to write the entry on “Aggression and Violence” in the Oxford Companion to American Military History, three entries in the Academic Press Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict and has presented papers before the national conventions of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Since his retirement from the US Army in 1998, he has been on the road almost 300 days a year, for over 19 years, as one of our nation’s leading trainers for military, law enforcement, mental health providers, and school safety organizations.
Today Col. Grossman is the director of the Killology Research Group (www.killology.com). In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks he is has written and spoken extensively on the terrorist threat, with articles published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Civil Policy and many leading law enforcement journals, and he has been inducted as a "Life Diplomate" by the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, and a "Life Member" of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute.
DR. LARRY DECKER, Ph.D.
"My work with veterans began in 1972 when I was offered a Clinical Post-Doctorate with the Long Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center SCI wards.
After teaching at Universities for several years and working as a psychotherapist I began work as a Clinical Psychologist for the Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center. For over 35 years I had the privilege of treating combat veterans from WWII to the current war in Afghanistan for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
During this time I also presented scholarly papers and all day workshops on the treatment of combat PTSD at many international conferences. I continue to offer presentations.
My recent book, The Alchemy of Combat, details how to transform PTSD into Posttraumatic Growth (PTG).
I will be presenting a symposium A Sufi and a Zen Master Discuss the Psycho-Spiritual Transformation of Combat Trauma at the next (November 1-7, 2018) Parliament of World Religions in Toronto Canada.”
DR. FRANK OCHBERG,MD
"It is a privilege for me to be a part of this project. When Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King were killed the Vietnam, war was raging and I was a new-minted psychiatrist. I didn't know it then, but 1968 made me a trauma shrink. I studied violence and its impact on survivors. I organized efforts to honor victims, including veterans. I went on to help create the diagnosis PTSD, to write and edit treatment texts, and to create treatment centers.
Someone else discovered that service dogs are the best remedy for certain servicemen and women with PTSD. I agree. And by the way, let's change that name from post traumatic stress disorder to post traumatic stress injury. Injury is honorable. Those who carry the invisible wound deserve honor and a Purple Heart, not stigma. If you have PTSI you should have access to the love of man's best friend. Service dogs for PTSI -- let's make the case and spread the word!"
Frank Ochberg, MD served in uniform in the US Public Health Service during the Vietnam era, was Associate Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and Director of the Department of Mental Health of Michigan. He edited the first treatment text on PTSD, defined the "Stockholm syndrome" while consulting on hostage negotiation to the FBI, and has founded or assisted many non-profits including the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Gift From Within, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Honor for ALL, the National Center for Victims of Crime, Service Women's Action Network and the Trust for Trauma Journalism.
DR. MARGUERITE O'HAIRE, PhD
of Human-Animal Interaction
Dr. Marguerite (Maggie) O’Haire is an internationally recognized Fulbright Scholar who is currently an Associate Professor of Human-Animal Interaction in the Center for the Human-Animal Bond in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. She earned her BA in Psychology from Vassar College in New York and her PhD in Psychology from The University of Queensland in Australia.
Her research program focuses on the unique and pervasive ways that humans interact with animals. From research with household pets to highly trained service animals, her findings have been instrumental in demonstrating the value of the human-animal bond.
She has published in major international journals and several textbooks. Her work has also been highlighted in over 1,000 media stories around the globe, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and NPR.
For more information, see www.humananimalinteraction.org.