A Spiritual Guide to PTSD

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dangerous-worldsRoberta A. Culbertson  posits that while there is no “cure” for post-traumatic stress disorder, there are constructive ways to navigate the vast, often terrifying spiritual realm that beckons after one experiences life-altering trauma.

This discussion took place, June 11, 2013 in Charlottesville City Council Chambers where Culbertson read from her new book Dangerous Worlds: A Spiritual Guide to PTSD and discussed surviving violence as a spiritual practice.

Culbertson is the founder of the Center on Violence and Community at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Her latest work integrates two decades of research and experience with survivors of violence and its aftermath.

roberta-culbertsonRoberta Culbertson

Culbertson has a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Virginia and completed a residency as an interfaith chaplain at the University of Virginia Health System. She is past director of the VFH Fellowship Program,  a poet,  as well as a longtime student of Buddhism and shamanic practice.

While at VFH, she edited Tough Times Companion and Surviving War: Poetry, Essays, and Photographs, and with W. Nathaniel Howell co-authored Siege: Crisis Leadership and the Survival of U.S. Embassy Kuwait.