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Inside the Mind of a Veteran


Title: “Inside the Mind of a Veteran”
Date: May 22, 2015
Presenter: Dr. Joshua Taylor

Description: In this presentation, Dr. Joshua Taylor outlines common psychological issues facing veterans from the various military branches, exploring commonalities and differences among them. He begins by addressing the thinking, feeling and behaving aspects of military functioning and military life. This is often overlooked in the therapeutic setting, by the veterans, their families and the therapist. Understanding these important elements can shed light on the issues being addressed. Dr. Taylor also addresses the critical differences and distinctions that separate the veteran from the civilian population, and why recognizing these differences is an important part of successful therapy.

Learning Objectives:

After viewing this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the different branches of the military and what their respective roles often are in shaping the psyche of the veteran.
  • Understand the roles of cognition, emotion, and behavior regarding PTSD and vicarious trauma.
  • Identify key concepts that can assist the therapist in treating veterans.
  • Explain how and why understanding the “military way of life” is critical to establishing the therapeutic relationship.

Bio: Dr. Joshua Taylor is a clinical psychologist and currently the regional program manager at the San Bernardino County behavioral health center. He is a published author and has presented to a wide variety of universities, organizations, and conferences on issues relating to veterans’ mental health, PTSD and trauma. Dr. Taylor serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Phoenix and is considered an expert on trauma. He has provided behavioral health staff training on mental illness, as well as oversight of crisis intervention training for law enforcement programs. In addition, he has been a regional MHSA Housing Program liaison.

Dr. Taylor is a past member of the Orange County Disaster Response Team and a sworn civilian member of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Team. He also has been recognized by the Orange County Health Care Agency and Orange County Superior Court for his training on veterans’ issues and emergency response activities.

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Mike is the Executive Director of TAPSTI and also serves as Training Director for the Institute. Mike is ABD on a PhD in Public Safety and has completed a Master's in Criminal Justice, a Master's in Adult Education, and a Master's in Public Safety. His Bachelor's is in Social & Behavioral Sciences. Mike is a POST-certified instructor and has attained dozens of other certifications through his thirty-year career.