Dr. Harry A. Croft (Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association) is board certified in Adult Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine and Sex Therapy, and has been in private psychiatric practice in San Antonio, Texas for more than thirty years. He is Medical Director and Principal Investigator for the San Antonio Psychiatric Research Center, where for 25 years he has participated in the development of many of the psychiatric medications which are now in use for depression and anxiety disorders. Dr. Croft's interest in PTSD began in 1973 when, as an Army physician, he served as the medical director of drug and alcohol treatment at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas at the height of the Vietnam War - an experience which paved the way for his medical evaluation, during later wars, of more than six thousand veterans with PTSD. Dr. Croft's lectures have enriched and enlightened more than 1000 medical audiences in all 50 states and 7 foreign countries. His publications in major medical journals such as Psychiatric Annals, JAMA, Psychiatry and the American Journal of OB-GYN (to name only a few) reflect his dedication to the advancement of best practices in modern psychiatry. But his greatest joy is in providing education in the public interest. As one of the first medical experts in America to appear in a regular television segment, Dr. Croft became known to all of San Antonio through his award winning show, "The Mind Is Powerful Medicine", which aired for 17 years. Transitioning with ease into the era of digital communication, he now serves as medical director of HealthyPlace.com, the world's largest consumer-driven mental health website. Scholar, writer, speaker, author, researcher and gifted physician… all are terms that describe Harry Croft. The words he, himself, would be most likely to chose, however, are "family man". He considers himself greatly blessed to be a devoted husband of 46 years. Harry and his beautiful wife Benay enjoy traveling t destinations where they can appreciate the grandeur of the natural and animal worlds. They take great joy in their two children and two granddaughters, and in the countless friends who are fortunate to partake of the warmth, the abundant humor, the compassion and the rare "common touch" that all combine to create the inimitable, remarkable Harry Croft . Rev. Dr. Chrys Parker is a clinical chaplain, pastoral counselor and trauma therapist who has provided care for over 2500 traumatized persons since entering the field in 1998. Working both as a clinician in medical institutions and as a civilian in the service of the US Army, she specializes in the spiritual and psychological care of those who suffer from PTSD as a result of combat, critical burn injury and sexual assault, and provides professional consultation and education to physicians, surgeons and psychiatrists. Chrys is well known for her passionate enthusiasm for life, her devotion to charting new pathways in the care of others, and her multi-dimensional and holistic approaches to trauma, involving mind, body, and spirit. In addition to mental health, her practice embraces the fields of theology and spirituality, longitudinal trauma research, non-profit care for indigent trauma survivors, and service as an Allied Health provider and academic educator . She has served as the pastoral director of numerous hospitals and medical facilities, and is a former volunteer field medic. She received her license to practice law at the age of 23, and after a lengthy trial and appellate career, retired to pursue new endeavors in the fields of ministry, medicine and mental health. Today, she continues to donates her time and unique combination of skills as both a lawyer and trauma specialist to providing legal advocacy on behalf of trauma victims. Chaplain Parker is the Executive and Clinical Director of the Burn Recovery and Research Foundation in San Antonio, Texas, and the Co-Directo
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