Post Traumatic Stress Theater is a collaboration between community leaders and groups, in an effort to stop the growth of this condition among our veterans, their friends, and their families.
It is our goal to provide veterans’ facilities and clinics with a new method to help clients and their families, and loved ones, examine their uncontrollable feelings of stress resulting from war-related stress.
In the words of Father Berg:
"A few years ago I had the opportunity to interview nine active duty military men who were being treated for and diagnosed with post-traumatic stress (PTS) following combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. These men, in treatment here in Portland, included Army Rangers, a colonel, majors, sergeants, and specialists. I let them know of my intent to write a story and develop a program to help family members and the wider public better understand their personal suffering and the painful impact of PTS on their relationships. To a man, they were remarkably open with me about their mental and emotional scars.
I gave these interviews a great deal of thought and research. Clearly, we are dealing with more than the wounds of war here. Wounds heal. Scars remain. Protecting their confidentiality, I created a single fictional story incorporating as thoroughly as possible elements from their stories and my research. The result was my published book in 2013 titled SCARS. The book was well received and I was encouraged by a number of professionals to take this story to a wider audience.”
Written as a novel by noted community healer and priest, Father Richard Berg of Portland, Oregon, and adapted for stage by award-winning writer, Roccie Hill, ‘Scars’ is available to therapeutic clinics and counselors for use with treatment of veterans and their families at a nominal cost.
We provide the ‘Scars’ Program Pack, including description of the condition, script of the play, and suggestions for in-clinic production.
In addition, for those facilities that are not able to adopt the healing ‘role play’ production, we offer a DVD of the performance for viewing by clients, thereby generating group discussion.
Your donation to Post Traumatic Stress Theater supports the creative dramatic program designed to soften the scars of this disease from the daily lives of its sufferers and their families. Post Traumatic Stress Theater is a project of the University of Portland. Donations to our work is tax deductible. Your contributions are greatly appreciated! Checks should be made out to "University of Portland (PTS Theater Program)" and may be sent to:
PTS Theater Program
Attn: Richard Berg, CSC
University of Portland
5000 N Willamette Blvd
Portland OR 9720
PTS Theater is a Portland-based 501(c)(3) organization providing a unique opportunity to help our returning warriors find relief through creative dramatics.