AUTHOR Fred D. Gusman, MSW
Fred D. Gusman, MSW, is an internationally recognized figure in the mental health field. Mr. Gusman's expertise in the arena of traumatic stress is based on the firm foundation of his own military service coupled with his 30 years of clinical, research, and consultative experiences in the field of traumatic stress, combat stress, PTSD, disaster mental health services, and mental health programs development. He is an expert educator, clinician, program administrator and developer, and is a frequently sought after consultant to those in the field of traumatic stress. His knowledge base is informed by a noteworthy career and varieties of roles and experiences. Mr. Gusman pioneered and developed the nation's first residential rehabilitation programs for men and women veterans at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). Under his vision, guidance, and leadership, the programs have served thousands of veterans during the course of the last thirty years. In addition to this role, he has been called upon to serve in diverse capacities for the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institute of Mental Health, Department of Defense, American Red Cross, Federal Governmental Committees, in numerous community and state programs throughout the country and in Europe, and in numerous natural and man-made disasters, e.g. September 11th terrorist attack on the Pentagon). During the last two years, Mr. Gusman has provided numerous consultations and clinical trainings to various branches of the Department of Defense such as: Marine Corp Community Services (MCCS) staff and Marine Corps Family Services staff (various US mainland sites); the National Guard (Hawaii's 29th Infantry Brigade) and their families, and; Army personnel at Hawaii's Schofield Barracks-Soldier Retransition Center and the Family Retransition Center. Finally, Mr. Gusman is a collaborator on various research studies and author/co-author of numerous research and clinical publications.