Patrick Dougherty awaits a helicopter at the end of his tour.

How To Heal Personal and Collective War Trauma

Image: Patrick Dougherty awaits a helicopter at the end of his tour in Vietnam.

I couldn’t talk about my war trauma until 1976, which was five years after I left Vietnam. This was four years before post-traumatic stress disorder was even formally recognized as a medical diagnosis. In 1979, I went to the Veterans Affairs for help. They told me I didn’t have enough war experience to warrant any support from them; that all my trauma actually came from my traumatic childhood, and had nothing to do with Vietnam. This is what they told just about every veteran back then.… Read More

The Healing of the Collective Trauma of War

A ritual of healing the trauma of war – Sunday of Memorial Day weekend – First Universalist Church, Minneapolis, MN.

Hi All, Here is the link some of you asked for to the service I led at my Unitarian Universalist Church last Sunday on “Healing the Collective Trauma of War.” It will be of particular interest, I think, to those of you who are therapists or healers as this is a variation of the emerging science on working with individual trauma, and it is adapted to work with a large group on collective trauma.…/veterans-memory-civi…/…

Here is a brief overview … Read More