Community ed offering courses for domestic violence and PTSD

By Guy Harrison, Media & Marketing Specialist

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. - Decorated Vietnam War veteran and esteemed psychologist and psychotherapist Dr. Larry Germanson is offering a quartet of classes at Central Arizona College's Corporate Center this fall aimed at helping people recognize the signs of domestic violence and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Each course, offered through the college's Community Education program, costs $49 to attend and will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the following days:

Domestic Violence Intervention Part I: Community Education will be held Mondays, beginning Sept. 19 through Oct. 10 while Part II also will run on Mondays from Nov. 7 through Nov. 28.

During these classes, students will explore intervention strategies and laws pertaining to domestic violence. The classes include discussion of preventative techniques, abuse characteristics, and available victim resources. Students also will study various case scenarios related to abuser effects and victim abuse.

Post-Traumatic Stress Parts I and II: Community Education will be held on Wednesdays, Sept. 21 through Oct. 12 and Nov. 9 through Nov. 30, respectively.

Students in these classes will explore Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by analyzing the cause and effects using the DSM-IVR and Veterans Administration information. Other avenues of acquiring PTSD will be explored as well, including civilian, police officer, EMT/firefighter and Red Cross volunteer incidents and spectator traumas.

Germanson has worked as a psychologist and psychotherapist in private practices in Colorado and Wisconsin for 20 years. He also worked with Native Americans from the HoChunk Nation to address domestic violence issues and created and piloted new treatments for addiction and other disorders with astoundingly low recidivism rates in Yuma, Ariz.

Germanson has tested and diagnosed PTSD in World War II, Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf War veterans over the past 20 years.

For more information about the community education program or to register for this class, please contact Muriel Thomas at or 520-494-6616.

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814