9.08 Colorado: Chaplains try a new path to deal with PTSD, The Omaha World-Herald, Jan. 29, 2011
A new program at Iliff School of Theology in Colorado is helping Air Force chaplains support service members with post-traumatic stress disorder. The one-year course of study, which was developed for the Air Force, encourages chaplains to allow service members to draw on their own individual concepts of God and spirituality to help them cope. The goal is to build trust so that service members are more willing to talk about their experiences and receive non-judgmental support. “Service members come back having seen things they don’t know how to share,” said Chaplain Matt Boarts, who is currently a student in the program. “They become isolated.” The program of study leads to a Master of Arts in Spiritual and Pastoral Care (MASPC).