Ret. Col. Katherine T. Platoni ’74 will receive the 2016 IVAT Returning Veterans Resiliency in Response to Trauma Award at the 21st International Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma in San Diego, Calif.
A national expert in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a Colonel who has served for more than 35 years in active and Army Reserve status, Platoni developed combat stress control, as well as debriefing and crisis management programs that are now used throughout the U.S. Army.
On Aug. 30, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) will present her with the annual award, which honors veterans who have experienced specific trauma in war and whose efforts and advocacy have had a notably restorative impact on a traumatized population. The award will acknowledge Platoni’s bravery as a veteran and her dedication as a veteran advocate working to alleviate the trauma experienced by others in war.
During the summit, which begins Aug. 25, Platoni will also deliver a presentation on the treatment of trauma in military veterans.
Her significant service as an Army Reserve clinical psychologist can be viewed here.