GFW PTSD Home  | Site Map  | Site Search   
Gift From Within
PTSD Resources for Survivors and Caregivers

You will need the Real Player to view these clips. Download the free version here:
For PC For Mac
Free Webcasts Featuring Dr. Frank Ochberg
Please email if you would like to learn about upcoming podcasts and webcasts. Also please feel free to submit ideas for new topics.
Dear Friends:

Here is a collection of webcasts and podcasts for trauma survivors,
caregivers, therapists, clergy, and health professionals. They cover a wide range of topics for the individual wanting to learn about, understand, and cope with abuse, trauma and PTSD. We hope you find them helpful. If you would like to read comments from other viewers please click here
PTSD Symptoms:
Chronic & Complex PTSD:
Compassion Fatigue:
Other Conditions:
Veterans & PTSD:
PTSD | PTSD Symptoms | Chronic & Complex PTSD | Compassion Fatigue | Professionals
Relationships | Recovery | Spirituality | Therapy | Other Conditions | Veterans & PTSD
PTSD Questions & Answers
with Joyce & Dr. Frank Ochberg, M.D.
What does the future of psychiatry look like?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg discusses how psychiatry in the future will be different as we learn more about the brain.

length: 2:11
Does PTSD affect brain function?

Exposure to a traumatic event may cause PTSD symptoms. Stress can damage the brain. In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg discusses what happens to the brain after a traumatic event.

length: 11:03
What does the latest brain imaging research tell us about PTSD?

In this webcast Frank Ochberg discusses the MEG. The MEG (Magnetoencephalography) is a computerized brain imaging device. We are moving toward the day when we can distinguish between the image of the person with TBI, the person with PTSD and the person with both.

length: 5:10
Do different traumas cause different forms of PTSD?

Frank Ochberg discusses how Injurious exposure can cause changes in the physiology of your brain. The quality of the PTSD may be different but PTSD is an injury that was not there before you were traumatized.

length: 4:11
What is the common ground between men and women and PTSD?

Frank Ochberg feels that PTSD is the common ground between the traumatized man and the traumatized woman. It is Important for therapists and those who create policy to recognize the meaningful differences between how men and women deal with certain situations and frustrations.

length: 4:16
Why do you think the term Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) is more appropriate than PTSD?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg discusses PTSD vs. PTSI and the honor that comes from injury versus the stigma that comes from a disorder.

length: 6:57
Dr. Frank Ochberg was among the Scientists who Came to Define PTSD

So what is and isn't PTSD? And where does the science, the public conversation and the public policy around PTSD need to go next?
back to top
PTSD Symptoms:
Explain the biology of arousal in victims of sexual assault

In this webcast, Frank Ochberg, MD discusses the biology of arousal in victims of sexual assault and/or sexual abuse, and why victims should not think there is something wrong with them and/or carry self- stigma.

length: 1:32
What are emotional triggers and how can we manage them?

Psychiatrist Frank Ochberg explains the concept of emotional and psychological triggers and how veterans, victims of crime and sexual assault can manage their traumatic stress symptoms.

length: 5:58
What is the role of shame when men are the victims?

In this webcast, psychiatrist Dr. Frank Ochberg discusses men who have been victimized and the role of shame.

length: 2:47
What is the role of shame when one has been victimized?

Dr. Frank Ochberg, PTSD expert explains why victims of crime and other trauma survivors may feel humiliated and embarrassed after being subjected to the cruelty of others.

length: 4:35
Nightmares Versus Flashbacks.

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg talks about PTSD and the differences between flashbacks and nightmares.

length: 4:02
PTSD & Depression: Who is on your Board of Directors?

In this webcast Dr. Frank Ochberg discusses how he helps his PTSD and depressed patients. Many people with PTSD and depression say negative things about themselves to themselves. Dr. Ochberg explains a therapeutic tool he calls "your board of directors." Replacing the negative people on your board of directors with those who are supportive.

length: 2:12
Non-Lethal triggers for PTSD.

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg discusses how non-lethal events can trigger PTSD.

length: 3:59
What are trauma memories?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg explains the trauma memory, including the verbally accessible memory and the situationally accessible memory.

length: 4:46
What does it mean to freeze in a traumatic sense?

In this webcast Frank Ochberg discusses the concept of freezing. Freezing is an interesting word to use to explain a state of mind when you are stuck. Instead of fighting something terrifying we may freeze.

length: 4:04
Why do trauma survivors so often feel shame?

In this webcast Frank Ochberg discusses how survivors sometimes hide their feelings. Feeling humiliated is part of being victimized. The perpetrator should feel shame, not their victim.

length: 1:52
Can PTSD cause sufferers to break from reality? What is a dissociative state?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg helps trauma survivors understand the term dissociation.

length: 3:44
What is the stress response?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg explains the stress response and its relationship to PTSD.

length: 3:48
Why do PTSD sufferers seem to worry excessively?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg defines why trauma survivors seem to worry excessively, and our unconscious associations and perceptions.

length: 1:16
Why do some trauma survivors have trouble falling and staying asleep?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg explains why some PTSD survivors have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep and the fear of nightmares.

length: 6:10
Are PTSD survivors at a higher risk for suicide?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg discusses whether a person with PTSD is at a greater risk for suicide.

length: 4:16
back to top
Chronic & Complex PTSD:
What is Chronic PTSD?

In this webcast, PTSD expert, Dr. Frank Ochberg explains chronic PTSD.

length: 2:55
What is complex PTSD and how can it be managed?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg, an expert on traumatic stress explains how to cope and manage your chronic PTSD symptoms.

length: 3:19
What are the effects of chronic trauma?

In this webcast, PTSD expert, Frank Ochberg explains the effects of chronic trauma on survivors of traumatic events.

length: 2:05
back to top
Compassion Fatigue:
What is Compassion Fatigue?

Compassion Fatigue can develop because even though working with suffering people is rewarding it can also be hard to take sometimes. In this webcast Dr. Frank Ochberg explains the causes, symptoms and methods for coping with compassion fatigue.

length: 6:23
What are the differences between Secondary PTSD, Compassion Fatigue, and Caregiver Burden?

In this webcast Frank Ochberg explains the differences between Compassion Fatigue, Secondary PTSD, and Caregiver Burden.

length: 6:49
Are nurses vulnerable to Compassion Fatigue?

Frank Ochberg discusses why nurses may experience compassion fatigue. Nurses are important helpers in our society.

length: 2:27
Can a child develop Secondary PTSD?

Frank Ochberg talks about how children are vulnerable to secondary trauma. Children who develop vicarious trauma may take steps backward in their development.

length: 2:03
back to top
What is meant by psychological first aid?

Dr. Frank Ochberg explains the concept of Psychological First Aid which is an approach for assisting a group of people following a traumatic event, natural disaster or emergency. Talking about what you have gone through with a group of people may not be the best way to initially treat trauma survivors.

length: 3:55
What tips do you have for new therapists?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg offers tips for new therapists working with clients. He discusses the different stages of therapy.

length: 6:10
How can a health professional best support a patient that has been traumatized?

In this webcast Dr. Frank Ochberg gives suggestions to health professionals who may not have experience talking to a patient who discloses a traumatic event such as a rape or sexual assault.

length: 7:15
Can therapists incorporate the religious beliefs of their patients to help in the healing process?

In this webcast Dr. Frank Ochberg explains how he incorporates the religious beliefs of his patients in trauma therapy.

length: 9:46
What do you do if you learn your patient is likely a Psychopath?

In this webcast Frank Ochberg explains what a therapist can do if they find themselves treating a psychopath.

length: 2:37
back to top
What do you say if your spouse says to "Get over it."

Dr. Frank Ochberg gives tips for survivors on how to talk to their spouse or significant other about PTSD.

length: 2:24
What do you do if you're living with a narcissistic parent?

Living with a narcissist is very difficult particularly for a child. The narcissist feels entitled. They have an idealized feeling of worth.

length: 2:44
Sexual Abuse and/or assault: Advice for husbands and significant others.

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg offers advice and suggestions to husbands and significant others about how to be supportive to the women in their lives who have encountered sexual abuse, rape, and assault.

length: 5:13
Sexual Abuse and/or assault: Advice for wives and significant others.

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg offers advice and suggestions to wives and significant others about how to be supportive to the men in their lives who have encountered sexual abuse, and/or assault.

length: 3:18
How can we support the PTSD sufferer?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg explains how caregivers can best support their loved one with PTSD.

length: 2:52
What does it mean to bear witness to the PTSD sufferer?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg explains how to listen to your loved ones talk about their traumatic experience with care and respect.

length: 1:37
back to top
Other consequences of trauma beyond PTSD: Depression & Grief

PTSD is not the only consequences of trauma. Sometimes people are biologically depressed which means they can lack psychological energy.

length: 4:46
What is the toll of incest in our society?

Dr. Ochberg discusses how our society has outrageously high statistics of incest.

length: 4:04
A message for men whose partners have PTSD.

Dr. Ochberg offers suggestions to men on how to best help their wives or girlfriends deal with PTSD.

length: 1:46
What is the value of using diagnostic labels?

Frank Ochberg acknowledges that there is a controversy about labeling people. Labeling is helpful with scientific work but we do not want it used to reduce a person's humanity.

length: 1:26
What do you say to your clients when they feel they have been retraumatized?

Being retraumatized does not necessarily mean you will not be capable of dealing with PTSD symptoms that may reappear.

length: 1:32
Are you at risk for more abuse after being a survivor of incest?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg discusses the incest secret and how it affects relationships.

length: 3:16
Are trauma survivors more likely to be revictimized?

Dr. Ochberg explains that yes a person can be a victim of childhood abuse and suffer more traumatic events but they can get help and therapists can give you tools for recovery.

length: 2:28
Overcoming silence and forming a healing community.

Frank Ochberg says finding a healing community can be of tremendous help to trauma survivors.Trauma survivors can meet and confirm forms of emotional pain and forms of separation from friends and families.

length: 1:54
What do you say to clients who ask if they have to live with PTSD forever?

Frank Ochberg believes that the overwhelming outlook and prognosis of PTSD is good but there are some people who are locked into difficult lives due to poverty, personality characteristics, and severe injury. This might delay their recovery.

length: 2:47
What was the inspiration for the Survivor Psalm?

Frank Ochberg reads the "Survivor Psalm." The Psalm in the form of a bookmark has been distributed to thousands of trauma survivors. Frank wrote the psalm after working with victims of crime, and wanting a statement that would reflect a state of mind after therapy was completed.

length: 1:53
How has victim status been defined in case law?

Frank Ochberg wants crime victims to know that there are laws and federal and statutes in the states that define crime victims for the purpose of crime victim compensation.

length: 2:22
What is the correlation between emotional distress and illness?

In this webcast Dr. Frank Ochberg explains the correlation between emotional distress and physical illness.

length: 4:12
What can a survivor do if they are being bullied?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg talks about how he helped one of his clients who was bullied at their workplace.

length: 1:31
back to top
Should spiritual leaders learn about abuse, trauma, and PTSD to help them in their pastoral roles?

Frank Ochberg would like members of the clergy to learn about trauma because they are frontline workers and many victims go to their pastoral counselor for help.

length: 2:58
back to top
What are some tips for separating from your therapist?

Dr. Ochberg gives the trauma survivor in therapy tips on how to anticipate and deal with the end stages and/ or graduation from therapy.

length: 3:36
What is exposure therapy?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg explains exposure therapy.

length: 2:29
What is cognitive behavioral therapy?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg explains Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

length: 1:52
What is active listening and how is it different from mirroring?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg explains how to be an active listener to a trauma survivor.

length: 2:13
How do you use role playing in therapy?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg explains how he uses role playing with his clients in order to decrease stressful situations.

length: 3:22
What is your advice for the survivor looking for a trauma therapist?

In this webcast, Dr. Ochberg gives helpful suggestions on how survivors can work with a therapist in order to have a successful therapeutic relationship.

length: 12:10
The Color Wheel: Positive and Negative Emotions.

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg discusses a therapeutic tool called The Color Wheel, and how he uses colors to correspond with positive and negative emotions. Dr. Ochberg talks about assigning colors to emotions.

length: 11:46
Written Explanation of Ochberg's Color Wheel of Positive Emotion-FAQ
What are the treatment options for Psychopaths?

In this webcast Frank Ochberg explains what a psychopath is and why they do not get upset or excited about seeing the pain of others.

length: 6:11
back to top
Other Conditions:
Living with a Narcissist.

Frank Ochberg discusses personality disorders. They tend to overlap but the narcissist really feel entitled. They have an idealized feeling of worth.

length: 3:51
What is a Psychopath?

In this webcast Frank Ochberg explains what a psychopath is and why they do not get upset or excited about seeing the pain of others. People exist who are different from us and because they look like us it is potentially deadly to go through this life pretending that these people do not exist.

length: 9:11
Describe DESNOS (Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Stated), and Complex and Chronic PTSD

Frank Ochberg discusses the term DESNOS. DESNOS is used because some traumas are not clearly defined. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that develops from exposure to a single traumatic event and in this webcast Frank Ochberg discusses situations of multiple traumas and traumas taken place during a person's formative years.

length: 5:59
What is Medical Depression?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg explains depression and how that sometimes there is a need for medical intervention.

length: 3:31
Can a child be a psychopath?

In this webcast Dr. Frank Ochberg talks about psychopaths and if child can be labeled a psychopath.

length: 6:19
back to top
Veterans & PTSD:
Dr. Ochberg's thoughts on the current discussions of Military Sexual Assault.

Dr. Ochberg discusses military sexual abuse and how we need to listen to the voices of the victims.

length: 4:02
What is meant by the term Moral Injury? What is Survivor Guilt?

In this webcast, Dr. Ochberg explains the concepts of Moral Injury and Survivor Guilt, mainly drawn from the military context.

length: 5:53
What is the Stellate Ganglion Block?

This webcast discusses a new treatment procedure that is being researched for treating veterans and other people suffering from PTSD.

length: 3:52
Military Sexual Trauma: A Breach of Trust.

In this clip, Frank Ochberg discusses female veterans returning with PTSD. Female vets may have had abusive relationships before going to war and a fair number have suffered abuse and rape while in service to their country. Frank Ochberg discusses treatment options.

length: 4:32
What can be done to destigmatize PTSD in veterans?

We need to destigmatize, and normalize, symptoms of PTSD. War changes a person. Service members train everyday to serve their country, to fight and win America's wars. Prolonged exposure to hazardous environments, daily exposure to violence and death has a deep affect. There's nothing morally wrong or physically wrong with the person who gets PTSD.

length: 5:49
Should PTSD be considered an injury?

Frank Ochberg explains why he feels that a person with PTSD deserves to be treated with dignity just as we would treat a person with a physical injury to their arm or leg.

length: 1:59
Transition from Military to civilian life.

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg discusses the veterans transition from military life to civilian life. Guidelines for families and loved ones on how to gauge the normal transition period.

length: 4:55
Frank reads his poem for veterans called "My Wounds Are Not For You To See."

Frank Ochberg reads his newest poem. It is based on his experience with combat veterans. Many veterans live with traumatic stress symptoms after combat and military service.

length: 4:26
Survivor Guilt

In this clip, Frank Ochberg discusses survivor guilt. Sometimes after a traumatic event, a person may feel guilty for surviving or being uninjured when others were harmed.

length: 3:14
PTSD and Veterans: A Conversation with Dr. Frank Ochberg: Tapping Into the Emotion

This is a clip from our DVD PTSD in Veterans: A Conversation With Dr. Frank Ochberg. Dr. Ochberg explains what happens when you experience PTSD symptoms such as the loss of emotions and depression.

length: 2:06
What is an example of an accommodation for those with hidden wounds?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg explains how managers can make necessary accommodations for employees with PTSD.

length: 6:47
What are some of the challenges that young veterans with PTSD may face in the workplace?

In this webcast, Dr. Frank Ochberg discusses why some veterans have problems returning to work after war and that it's our job to help identify these issues and assist.

length: 3:24
How do you create a comfortable work climate for the wounded warrior?

There are some general rules that managers need to follow to help the wounded warrior feel welcome and comfortable in the workplace.

length: 2:57
Are there 'specific do's and dont's for establishing the optimal work environment for veterans?

Frank Ochberg feels that managers need to be flexible when dealing with veterans returning to the workplace.

length: 3:00
How can training create better managers for our returning veterans?

We can train employers that are hiring wounded warriors about PTSD so they can better assist our returning veterans.

length: 1:37
Audio Podcast: Practical tips for military families living with combat stress and PTSD.

In this podcast, the founder of Gift From Within, Dr. Frank Ochberg, and the founder of the Military Family Network, Megan Turak, provide military families and extended members of the military family community practical guidelines, actions and skills for dealing with combat stress and PTSD situations.

length: part one 32:23 | part two 28:19

back to top
Viewer Comments:

"I wish every serviceman or servicewoman and every person in their family would receive an ipod with the podcast "Practical tips for military families" on it as they are returning home. It would be a wish come true."
- Lydia Brewer Manager of the online support group Vetwives Living With PTSD

"Thanks for the wonderful educational programs. I'm a nurse practitioner and these will be helpful in my work at a busy metropolitan emergency room."
- Jeanne Hoffman, NP

"Valuable video clips - excellent resources for our military chaplains."
- Dr. Dave Howard

"I suffer from complex PTSD from childhood trauma and a long abusive marriage. I want to thank you for the webcasts because I found them so validating, inspirational and encouraging. I hope others who hurt like I do will find their way to this page and view these. Thank you for all you do to help us on your wonderful site."
- Patricia, trauma survivor

"I work at a domestic violence agency. The webcasts are super mini classes with great concrete examples. I have found them helpful, easy to access and relevant. I particularly appreciated the webcasts on Sexual Assault: Advice for Husbands and Significant Others, Nightmares vs. Flashbacks, and Non-lethal Triggers for PTSD."
- Stacie Dubay, LMSW

"Your new webcasts are amazing! Great job done on these brief but concise descriptions on trauma issues. You can be sure my clinical team, students and survivors will hear about yet another great resource from Gift Within."
- Connie Saindon, MFT, Founder of the Survivors of Violent Loss Network

"What a fantastic addition to the Gift from Within's website! Not only is this an amazing tool for the work I do but I am going to promote it all over my county. Again, Gift from Within does not disappoint. "
- Daphne O'Hair, Victim Assistance Coordinator

"Thanks so much for offering these healing tools. I appreciate the work that you and Dr. Ochberg are doing to change the field of PTSD. It is so needed."
- Sabrina, trauma survivor

"As a person who has survived trauma and have consistently sought out avenues for healing, the webcasts have provided me with a private way to have my questions answered. Thank you."
- Cindy Lou, trauma survivor

"The Color Wheel webcast is a must for therapists working with clients who are unable to, or have difficulties with articulating their emotions. Delivered in a warm and humorous style by Frank it is easy to see how this intervention could progress clinical work with e.g. the client who has been diagnosed with Aspergers, especially when working with couples in this context. Thank you."
- Joan. Therapist. UK

"This caliber of information is difficult to find elsewhere on the internet and I was starved for any information that would help me understand PTSD. Thank you for this."
- Jeannine, trauma survivor

"I watched your webcast called "Transition from Military to Civilian Life." I am always looking for additional resources that may help members of my command. I now have an additional "tool in my tool bag." Your website has also made me more aware of the diagnosis of PTSD and how to better approach those who may be suffering from it."
- Chris Osborn, Naval Officer

The Board of Directors webcast is wonderful. Dr. Ochberg has a great way of expressing what his clients say to him. He has a way of putting his explanations into terms survivors can understand (our every day language/experience). He doesn't get lost in the clinical/research terminology, and has a good, solid, and calming speaking voice. The webcast made me hungry for MORE!!!! : ) Thanks to you, Joyce, for putting such great supportive tools out there!
- Sab- trauma survivor

These videos are excellent and I have shared them with those who are close to me so we can all learn together. Thank you for creating them in layman's terms so that I can understand and process the information to find greater healing.
- M.A., trauma survivor

I have been working with trauma survivors for 40 years, and I have been teaching trauma-related graduate courses for nearly 25 years. The "Gift From Within" website offers the most incredible resources for survivors that I have seen! I only wish that I had had such a powerful tool for use with clients in the earlier days of my clinical work. In all my trauma-related courses, I make sure that my master's and doctoral students know about this site for their own eventual work with trauma survivors.

- Dr. Lisa Lopez Levers

This website is the first one I found straight out of three very serious and traumatic events. It is jam packed full of resources for survivors--everything a survivor could need for recovery--from survivor stories, Q&As, audio and DVDs for sale at a low price, book recommendations, etc. I didn't know anything about PTSD and I thought that only veterans could get it. If it wasn't for that site, its wealth of information and all of the work that Joyce Boaz does there, I don't believe I would have gotten a diagnosis. It was her site that brought me into a trauma therapist, a book recommendation that got me started on my journey, and the DVDs which are helping me when I hit a brick wall in recovery. My recommendation couldn't come more highly!

- Jami
Click here to watch additional GFW DVD and Video clips
If you would like to subscribe to our e-mail list for updates please send an email to this page for new programs to be added...
Please be aware that the materials on this website are intended for educational purposes. This is not meant to replace or act as a substitute for the care and advice given to you by your own clinician or mental health counselor.
click to enlarge
For a free bookmark send an SASE to Joyce c/o Gift From Within, 16 Cobb Hill Road, Box SP, Camden ME 04843.
* If possible we would appreciate a donation.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Home Page | Site Map | Articles | Webcasts | Order Form | DVDs on PTSD and Trauma | Q&A with Dr. Ochberg
PTSD Etiquette: Finding The Right Words | Meditations | Support Pals Humor Grab Bag
Support Pals Share Inspirational Stories | Support Pals Share Favorite Healing Ideas | Support Pals Book Reviews
Support Pals Finding A Therapist | Support Pals Talk About Living With PTSD | Support Pals Favorite Books & Music
Support Pals Discuss: What PTSD Means To Me | Military Family Resources | Support Groups | Internet Links | Retreats & Respites
Conferences, Workshops and Seminars | PTSD & Trauma Bookstore | Poetry | Art | Music | Survivor Psalm | Memory Shouldn't Be...
Mission Statement | What People Are Saying | Support GFW | Frank Ochberg's Bio | Joyce Boaz's Bio | Board Members | Contact Us
Awards | Band of Angels | What's New | View Our PSAs | Site Search | Guestbook

Copyright © 1995 - 2020 Gift from Within,Camden, Maine 04843
html Conversion Copyright © 1995 - 2020 SourceMaine, Belfast, Maine 04915
Content may not be reproduced on websites without express permission. Please link instead.

Page created on 13 September 2007
Last updated by on 29 February 2020