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This content was provided by Dr. Scurfield "I was born in Chicago on August 3, 1943, and raised in Elizabeth, a small town 16 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, PA. I graduated in 1965 from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA (BA: Sociology/Anthropology) and was a Distinguished Military Graduate. Army ROTC. I received a two-year deferment from active duty to complete my MSW studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (1965-67). I entered active duty in June, 1967, completed Medical Service Corps Officer's Basic Training at Ft. Sam Houston. Antonio (summer, 1967), and my initial PCS was as a clinical social work officer at the William Beaumont General Hospital, El Paso. TX (1967-68). I then served one year as the Social Work Officer on one of the Army's two psychiatric teams in Vietnam (March, 1968-March, 1969). Then I was the chief social work officer, psychiatric ward, at the Valley Forge Army General Hospital near Philadelphia, for four months. I extended my active duty commitment and served as the Chief, Army Community Service, in Okinawa and was discharged from active duty in March, 1971. Also, while stationed on Okinawa, I was the HOLT Korean Adoption Program social worker, placing Korean orphans with American military families stationed on Okinawa (1969-71). I worked in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for 25 years (1971-72; 1974-1992). My leadership positions included: Director, Vietnam Veterans Resocialization Unit, Brentwood VA Hospital, West Los Angeles (1979-81), the first National Assistant Director for Counseling, Vet Center Program (Readjustment Counseling Service, VA Central Office in Washington, D.C. (1982-85). the founding director of the American Lake VA Post-Traumatic Stress Treatment Program, Tacoma, WA (1985-91), and the founding director of the VA's National Center for PTSD, Pacific Islands Division, Honolulu, HI (1992-97). I was a professor of social work, University of Southern Mississippi (1998-2011), at both the Gulf Park and Hattiesburg campuses, teaching mostly mental health and clinical courses for MSW students. I received some 15 teaching and service awards during my faculty career, to include being named a "Hero of Katrina" for my PTSD work with many students, staff and faculty following the destruction of our Gulf Park Campus on August 29, 2005. I retired from USM in 2011, and began my private practice at that time. Finally, I have been the "external consultant" to the Biloxi VA Vet Center since 2012, providing clinical and programmatic consultation on a monthly basis. My wife, Margaret (also a MSW social worker) and I have been married since August 1, 1981, and we have three terrific thirty-something ...:) adult children: Helani, Armand and Nick. Our family is faith-based. I was raised Syrian-Orthodox until converting to Roman Catholic in middle school. I also have read a bit about Hinduism and Buddhism and Far East cultures, and I was initially trained in Transcendental Meditation in 1977-78, to include completing some six weeks of residential Siddhi training. My latest (and seventh book total) (NASW Press, in press 2018) is: Faith & Non-Faith Based Meditation: Practical, Creative & Post-Traumatic Applications. For Providers, Their Patients and Clients. I have received many awards and honors over the years, to include: (1) Olin E Teague award (1988), the prestigious national V.A. Award for my accomplishments in PTSD with war veterans; "your accomplishments in treating PTSD have become hallmarks in psychiatry." (President Ronald Regan) 2) Mississippi Social Worker of the Year (2006) for my post-Katrina clinical and organizational work with Katrina survivors; 3) Fellow, American Institute of Stress. Two issues of the American Institute of Stress Combat Stress magazine were dedicated to my work and accomplishments (February & April, 2015) (4) National NASW Lifetime Achievement Awardee (2012) for my research, writing, clinical and educational accomplishments."
This content was provided by Dr. Scurfield "I am a Doctor of Social Work (Univ of So Calif) LCSW. My approach is based on my education, faith & life experiences: Vietnam vet, 25-year VA career, i.e., founding Director, Nat'l Center for PTSD, Honolulu; 13-year faculty at USM (Prof Emeritus of SW) & Katrina survivor. I am nationally-recognized in trauma & associated mood/anxiety/guilt/sub abuse, authored 6 books; grounded in Gestalt, Humanistic/Positive Psychology/CBT & meditation to enhance awareness, choices, life/work/school satisfaction"
Adult Development & Aging Psychology
Clinical Social Work
Cognitive & Behavioral Psychology
Grief and Bereavement
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