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March 13 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT



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“Understanding PTSD/PTSI and How it Affects Us All” Matt Quackenbush, LCSW

“You Are Never Alone” – A Personal Story of Survival, Courage, and Vulnerability – Officer Jared Nesary, Yakima PD (Ret.)

“Understanding PTSD/PTSI and How it Affects Us All” – Matt Quackenbush, LCSW – Matt has nearly two decades of experience in the mental health arena. He is the owner and creator of Finding Strength and the Finding Strength Method, a cutting-edge therapeutic treatment approach. As Deer Hollow’s Director of Education and Trainings, he travels the Nation with a team of fellow passionate healers, on a mission to educate all who are willing to listen that there is hope available to any who suffer from trauma. Using many different mediums to accomplish this aim, Matt is also the host of the critically acclaimed podcast the Finding Strength Podcast, available anywhere you get your podcasts. A Certified Mind-Body Bridging Therapist, specializing in a variety of evidenced based trauma treatment models including EMDR, Internal Family Systems, CPT, Psychodrama, and mindfulness. He is currently working on obtaining a PhD in Psychology studying Traumatology and the neurological effects of trauma on the brain. With over 10,000 hours of trauma focused therapy, Matt is considered an expert in the field of trauma treatment by many of his peers. In his presentation, Matt teaches us some of the latest research and techniques in Neuroscience, Traumatology, and Psychology. You’ll learn the basics of the neurobiology of trauma, how it changes the physical structure of the brain, and the way the body responds to threat and stress. You’ll learn about the new and cutting-edge treatments being used in the field of Traumatology. And when we’re done, you’ll walk away with easy-to-use take-home tools and techniques, more capable of changing the way your brain works and how your body responds to threat and stress. https://matthewquackenbush.com

“You Are Never Alone” –A Personal Story of Survival, Courage and Vulnerability- Officer Jared Nesary, Yakima PD (Ret.) –Jared will share his personal battle with PTSD, and what healing looks like after residential treatment. His courage to ask for help, which in his words saved his life and career. “You are never alone” is a personal story of survival, courage and vulnerability and a great reminder to all that no matter how dark the darkness gets or how far you have fallen, you are never alone in this battle. Jared survived PTSD and won his life back.

BIO- Jared is a United States Marine Corps Veteran with 22 years in law enforcement. Jared worked the majority of his patrol assignment on a swing or graveyard shift. Jared spent 9 years on SWAT, 10 years on Honor Guard, handled two Patrol K-9’s “Bruno” and “Yogi” (Da-Bear) was a Gang Officer, School Resource Officer, Peer Support Officer, and was the Department Training Officer, Lead Active Shooter/Rescue Task Force Instructor and the Lead De-Escalation Instructor for the Yakima Police Department when he retired in December 2020.

Jared’s story was featured in Police 1 on March 5, 2022:




March 13
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
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Cowlitz County Event Center
1900 7th Avenue
Longview, WA 98632 United States
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