Ms. Bruner has been a subject matter expert, researcher, and clinician in combat related Post Traumatic Stress, Post Deployment Adjustment, Military/Veterans Family and community services and programming for the last 14 years with the Department of Defense Centers of Excellence (DCOE) for Psychological Health in Washington DC. Recently, she relocated to Chicago to be closer to family.
While with the DOD DCOE she led the following initiatives: Clinical Communications and Outreach Director, Director of Tri-service Integrative Intensive Outpatient PTSD Programs, Director of Clinical Education and Training, Director Specialized Care Program (for combat related PTSD), Senior Clinician/Traumatic Stress Specialist Specialized Care Program, Clinical Coordinator Project De-Stress, the first of its kind internet delivered treatment for Traumatic Stress, first study on women in the military with PTSD, and Trauma Therapist, Operation Solace assigned to the Pentagon in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Prior to her DOD service she worked as a trauma therapist in private practice, consultant, founder of a family therapy training institute, child therapist trainer, specialist in disaster and crisis mental health and adjunct professor at a medical school behavioral health department and graduate school for clinical social work.
Her three most recent publications or presentations are Bridging the Gap: Intensive Integrative Community Based Retreats for Veterans and their Families, American Institute of Stress Combat Stress magazine, “The Battle Within: Understanding the Physiology of War-Zone Stress Exposure”, in Advances in Social Work Practice with the Military, and featured on NPR “On Point” Broadcast “PTSD and Military Families.” Currently, she serves as the consultant to several integrative intensive community based retreats for veterans and their primary social support that she designed for the national non-profit Gratitude America. Her research interest are in studies of the model and integration of other mind-body interventions to reduce post deployment challenges and moral injury.