Grades 9 - Adult
Closed Captioned • Scene Selection
A film by Stephen Olsson
Top 10 Editor's Choice, Booklist
Screened at American Psychological Association National Conference
"Highly recommended... Compelling, poignant, and heartfelt. An exceptional film to begin understanding post traumatic stress and the Vietnam veteran. Viewers not only come away with an awareness of the significance of post traumatic stress but see the transformation that begins for the veterans. "
– Educational Media Reviews Online
"Recommended. Movingly captures the continuing effects of post-traumatic stress syndrome on veterans of the Vietnam War while also looking at the development of therapeutic methods to help them address psychological issues."
- Video Librarian
"Recommended. Portrays a moving and heartfelt expression of grief and healing. It reminds us to remain vigilant to the hearts and souls of all veterans of combat."
–Science Books and Films (AAAS)
"Editor's Choice. The veterans’ feelings are honest, raw, and heartfelt and offer viewers a clearer understanding of the emotional effects of war. Visits to villages, air-landing strips, monuments, and battlegrounds where blood was shed and lives were lost bring out strong emotions of what was done to the land and people of Vietnam and memories of fallen comrades."
–Booklist (American Library Association)
"Ed Tick reminds us we must be willing to walk through hell beside our veterans with our hearts wide open; he has given us one opportunity for a first step through this film. The healing has begun and our veterans will take their rightful place in our society."
- John Schluep, Vietnam era vet, Senior Pastor of First Congregational Church, Tallmadge, Ohio; Founder of The Warrior's Journey Home
"What a beautiful creation! It moved me to tears and inspired me to do more. So many beautiful principles that traditional therapy misses."
- Glenn R. Schiraldi, Ph.D., University of Maryland School of Public Health
"As a therapist I have worked with PTSD with a variety of clients. This short film gave me a deeper experience, a visual guide to how deep the wounds are and yet how deep healing can be... the film gives HOPE that it is never too late. The loving Vietnamese people, the way the children warmed the hearts of the vets, and the image of the vet walking with the water buffalo paint the spirit of our work - more so than words could ever do. I use this DVD as often as I can in giving presentations to the community on PTSD -- the images are profound - they bring sacred silence and often tears to the audience...."
- Lin Daly, Executive Director, Therapeutic Inpatient Facility, Milwaukee, WI
Over two million Americans served in the Vietnam War. Forty years later, tens of thousands of veterans still suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). But a groundbreaking approach provides hope for these psychologically wounded former warriors, as well as for veterans of more recent wars.
Healing A Soldier's Heart follows the courageous journeys of four Vietnam veterans, all suffering from severe PTSD, who return to Vietnam to face the demons that continue to haunt them and hopefully heal their PTSD. Under the guidance of pioneering psychotherapist Dr. Edward Tick, the vets visit their actual trauma sites – the places where they fought and killed their former enemies, or saw their friends and comrades die.
The film provides an unforgettable, transformative journey through what Dr. Tick calls “their second, this time, willful descent into hell.” It carries viewers into the hearts and minds of the four veterans and their families, as they experience forgiveness and compassion from their former enemies. Through first-time contact with Vietnamese culture, the four vets are led to a new state of awareness and spiritual peace.
Healing A Soldier's Heart traces the veterans’ gradual shift from terrorized nightmares, drug abuse and attempted suicides, to healed warriors – with profound lessons for PTSD-suffering younger veterans from the more recent wars in Iraq & Afghanistan. The film is a powerful story about the long-term, psychological effects of war, and of the reconnection of the human soul through Dr. Tick’s innovative therapy.
About Edward Tick, PhDEdward Tick, Ph.D., is Founding Director of Soldier’s Heart: Veterans’ Safe Return Programs. Honored for his groundbreaking work in the healing of veterans and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dr. Tick has been a psychotherapist for 38 years, specializing in working with veterans since the 1970s. The Department of Defense now uses his pioneering work and he is the U.S. Army’s 2012 trainer for its annual Chaplain Sustainment Training in PTSD. He is the author of Sacred Mountain, The Practice Of Dream Healing and the award-winning book War And The Soul.
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