Masha Andreoni, MSW ‘14
This past October, Masha received a fellowship to attend the Veterans Trauma and Treatment Conference in Rhinebeck, NY. This gathering attracted social workers, social work interns, teachers, volunteers, and non-profit organizations that are working to heal our returning veterans from various experienced traumas. This conference featured an East meets West approach, where presenters and key-note speakers discussed their success in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with acupuncture, tai chi, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, equine therapy, canine therapy, and emotional freedom therapy. Electrifying, exhilarating, hopeful, cutting edge, ancient wisdom, and age of enlightenment are just several words that Masha used to describe her recent experience. Masha goes on to say that “What was most refreshing was the constant reference of no longer treating patients by adhering to the disease model, which is referred to treatment that focuses on prescribing medications after listening to presenting problems, asking about a patient's disease history, and viewing current lab results”. This conference discussed a holistic approach when treating veterans. This model incorporates treating the whole person, taking their experiences (both past and present) and their environments into context.