Doc Springer Speaking

  • Jim Wong, USMC Veteran, Head of the California Veterans Chamber of Commerce
    Doc Springer is considered one of the world’s experts on PTSD, Trauma and Moral Injury among veterans, offering profound insights on effective clinical and peer support practices.
    Jim Wong, USMC Veteran, Head of the California Veterans Chamber of Commerce
  • Adam Dikker, Co-President, VALOR at S&P Global Intelligence
    Amidst the global pandemic and recent strife domestically with senseless acts of violence, Doc Springer helped put it all into perspective, and gave us the inspiration we needed to persevere. Thank you, Doctor, for sharing your insights. For leaders looking to make a mental health impact within their organizations, please consider inviting Dr. Springer and doing a collective read of her book WARRIOR. The book has fundamentally changed my approach to mental health.
    Adam Dikker, Co-President, VALOR at S&P Global Intelligence
  • Jocelyn B., USAA
    One of the best speakers I've seen at USAA.
    Jocelyn B., USAA
  • Kimberly Harris, USAA
    Dr. Springer, thank you for unpacking this topic in a way that brought fresh insight and understanding to those that support loved ones who suffer from PTS. You left us all wanting to learn more. The feedback during the meeting chat was fantastic.
    Kimberly Harris, USAA
  • SgtMaj Doug Castle (USMC, Ret).
    Dr. Springer’s work has direct relevance to the corporate environment. When applied correctly, her insights result in direct and positive outcomes; this I have proven more than once in my ten years in corporate work since my retirement from the Marine Corps.
    SgtMaj Doug Castle (USMC, Ret).
  • Amy Shick, Military Spouse Entrepreneur
    Dr. Shauna Springer’s insights are exactly what our civilian supporters, employers, military, and veteran community need to truly understand and support our combat veterans. She is the only mental health professional I have met who unequivocally understands the warrior ethos. And now she shares what she has learned a way anyone can understand.
    Amy Shick, Military Spouse Entrepreneur
  • Christopher Littrell, OIF/OEF Air Force Veteran, Police Officer
    Dr. Springer has clearly spent time in the trenches with warriors, battling their demons. She suggests tools and mindsets that I believe will transform warrior and officer wellness! Veterans and LEOs.
    Christopher Littrell, OIF/OEF Air Force Veteran, Police Officer
  • Tom Whalen, McKesson Healthcare Sales Leader
    Thank you, Shauna Springer, Ph.D. for coming on to speak. It came at the right time, and I took away some really good practical ideas.
    Tom Whalen, McKesson Healthcare Sales Leader
  • Col Scott Jensen (USMC, Ret)
    "Doc" Shauna Springer has incredible academic credentials coupled with very practical experience on the front lines supporting thousands of our men and women in uniform and their families. No one has taught me more about best practices and the science of supporting those dealing with stress and trauma.
    Col Scott Jensen (USMC, Ret)
  • Terry Corcoran, McKesson Healthcare Business Development Manager
    I ABSOLUTELY LOVED that. Thank you, Shauna Springer, Ph.D. for shedding valuable insight into this situation we find ourselves in all too often.
    Terry Corcoran, McKesson Healthcare Business Development Manager
  • Rich Stinson, LTC, US Army (Ret)
    Doc Springer – thank you for sharing your indisputable subject matter expertise. Your name recognition and knowledge obviously led to a large turnout and provided immediate credibility to the topic. I am confident listeners either said “Oh my gosh, I’m not crazy – this is common” or “I never realized someone would experience things in that way.”
    Rich Stinson, LTC, US Army (Ret)




These talks cover a wide range of topics on trauma, healing, and overcoming mental health battles

Firearm Safety and Suicide Risk : How to Approach a Loaded Topic

There IS a respectful way to approach the conversation about firearm safety. This talk presents innovative ways to align in this critical discussion.

Leading Ourselves and Others Through Disruptive Change

This talk is frequently requested by corporate leaders. Doc Springer shares insights for leaders and those who protect us - for thriving in the midst of challenges.

The Trauma Impact of the Pandemic

The pandemic has created layers of stress and trauma that need to be understood if we are to heal. This is Doc Springer's most requested talk.

A New Model for Treating Post Traumatic Stress

This talk highlights a paradigm shifting new model of care that has brought sustained relief to thousands who suffer from trauma exposure.

Overcoming Mental Health Battles

When the voice of despair calls to us, what are our strongest, most effective weapons? This talk, full of life altering insights, equips us to get up and fight.

Understanding and Treating Moral Injury

Moral injury is not the same as Post-Traumatic Stress. Effective treatment must be guided by a different set of insights that are presented in this talk.

Suicide Prevention: Critical NEW Insights

Conventional wisdom has not proven effective. This talk presents new insights to help us confront and overcome our most dangerous struggles.

Supporting Those Who Protect Us

Those who serve and protect us have pressures and constraints that need to be understood if we are to serve them effectively in healing roles.

A Tactical Analysis of Mental Warfare

Based on the Marine Rifle Squad Manual, Doc Springer puts mental health battles in terms warriors and first responders can understand and use.

Building Trust Across a Cultural Divide

This talk shares practical ways for mental health providers to build the kind of trust that promotes effective outcomes in therapy.

Veteran Suicide: A NEW Understanding

This talk explains how the story of why veterans and first responders die by suicide is often NOT the same as the story of why civilians die by suicide.

Engaging the Warrior Spirit Across the Lifespan

The warrior spirit is not limited to conventional combat operations. Doc Springer defines it and show us how to claim it across the lifespan.

A Trauma-Informed Approach for Sexual Assault

Some traumas are different, and need a different approach. This talk presents unique insights for supporting survivors of sexual assault.


These talks offer a wealth of new insights about relationships based on Dr. Springer's research and clinical work with couples

Falling in Love is Like Smoking Crack Cocaine

Falling in love is the best natural high you can get. Unfortunately, it can be more dangerous than drugs if you don't understand how it can impact us.

How to Become your Partner's 'Soulmate'

We don't arrive as "soulmates" but we can BECOME each other's one-in-a-billion match if we understand how trust and connection are built.

Avoiding Sharks in the Dating Pool

Dangerous people can be hard to detect. This talk provides a wealth of insight to help decrease the odds of ending up in regrettable relationships.

How we Build Trust in Close Relationships

This talk pulls back the veil on how we build trust in relationships to help us grow trust with the right partners and avoid regrettable relationships.

Six Ways to Have your Partner's "6"

In the military, to "have someone's 6" is to have their back. This talk presents 6 powerful ways to have your partner's back.

The Psychology of Affairs

Why do happily married people - have affairs? Is there any way to "affair-proof" a relationship? This talk is an eye opening look at infidelity.

Healing After Affairs

Healing after an affair is entirely possible, but only under certain conditions. This talk provides the insights needed for healing .

Why you SHOULD Fight!

Avoiding conflict can stunt growth and intimacy. This talk addresses the importance of conflict and what we can learn from it

How to have a GOOD Fight

Ready to fight? This talk provides practical guidance on how to have conflict without damaging the people you love.

Dr. Shauna Springer speaks to alumni of Harvard University


“A Power Greater than Despair” (Doc Springer's Leading Wellness Series Keynote)

  • What would happen if one of my worst fears – losing a patient to suicide – came true?
  • What if I were to fully acknowledge that despite my best efforts, I cannot save everyone?
  • Since living or dying is an individual choice, can we stop someone from ending their life when they are bent on self-destruction?

These questions kept me awake at night for many years until I realized that in my patients’ most desperate moments, there is a hidden narrative that helps us understand what has a power that is greater than despair. This realization has changed everything about how I approach the work of suicide prevention: When we connect, we survive. This talk has been transformative in helping individuals and organizations develop effective suicide prevention strategies for civilians and veterans.

Suicide Prevention: A Tactical Approach

The story of why veterans and first responders die by suicide is often NOT the same as the story of why civilians die by suicide. If we continue to use approaches developed for civilians, we will not get real traction in preventing veteran and first responder suicide.

This talk presents a totally novel approach – applying a tactical framework that empowers service members, veterans and those who support them with a new understanding for how to prevent suicide. This talk helps us understand the greatest vulnerability of society’s bravest citizens and describes strategies that have the greatest potential to keep our veterans and first responders in the fight.

Building Trust Across a Cultural Divide

What can healers who treat warriors do to build trust and overcome treatment-related stigma? This keynote training will provide a wealth of new insights to help mental health providers support patients who are current or prior military servicemembers.

Based on her unique role as a civilian psychologist who has become a trusted 'Doc,' Dr. Shauna Springer explains the trust deficit between warriors and mental health treatment providers, illustrates key differences between the values that underlie military training and the values that drive growth in therapy, and provides practical ways for all providers to build the kind of trust that promotes effective outcomes in therapy.

Firearm Safety: How to Approach A LOADED Conversation

Conversations about firearms are emotionally loaded and may have life or death stakes. Asking questions about firearm ownership in the wrong way can actually increase suicide risk. This talk, which was first offered as a keynote for the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Summit, tells the story of several innovative approaches to suicide prevention that can change the conversation about firearm safety.

Why you SHOULD Fight

Some people see fighting as a sign of fundamental incompatibilities. They’re right. We’re all incompatible on some levels, and it’s delusional to think otherwise.

In fact, you can take this as a rule of nature: You are never as compatible as you think you are at the start of any new relationship.

Many couples avoid conflict to prolong the “cocaine rush phase” of new love or to “keep the peace” in an existing relationship. This is a mistake. We need to fight.

This presentation explains:

  • What conflict can teach us that we would not know otherwise
  • How avoiding conflict will endanger our relationships over time
  • How conflict is critical for building trust and strengthening our relationships

How to Have a GOOD Fight

At one time in history, couples’ therapists gave foam bats to couples in conflict and encouraged them to “release their anger.” Interestingly, the same tactic is used in the Marine Corps to train Marines to become aggressive.

If “venting” aggression only makes us more aggressive, how can we fight without damaging those we love?

How to Have a GOOD Fight addresses:

  • Key distinctions between pre-meditated and reactive aggression
  • A clear description of what distinguishes aggressive and assertive behavior
  • Insights on “rage” and “emotional flooding”
  • Practical, effective strategies for gaining emotional self-mastery that have worked for both civilian and veteran couples

Falling in Love is Like Smoking Crack Cocaine

Explosive feelings of attraction are sometimes thought to be the mark of “true love.” In fact, science shows that what we are really experiencing is a form of addiction.

This talk reveals why “smoking crack cocaine” makes a good comparison for the experience of falling in love.

Past attendees of this talk commonly give feedback that this information has fundamentally changed the way they see relationships and has equipped them to make much better choices going forward.

The Dating Practices of Happily Married People

The rate of divorce in America is 50% for first marriages. This does not mean that you have a 50% chance of divorce. Your odds might be much higher - or lower – than 50% depending on a number of key factors.

What can we learn from a massive sample of women who have a 6% divorce rate?

This talk describes results of the Lifestyle Poll (Lifestyle Poll link) and draws from several of my most popular articles which have each been read by several hundred thousand people.

How to BECOME Your Partner's Soulmate

This talk presents and explores these three truths:

  • Soulmates as most of us think of the term do not exist.
  • People who love each other dearly for a lifetime were never soulmates to begin with.
  • It is possible however to become your partner’s soulmate, if you understand how we CONNECT in long-lasting love partnerships.

Six Ways to Have your Partner's "Six" (How to Have your Partner's Back)

Learning to love well is a skill that can be developed with insight and practice.

This presentation focuses on 6 of the best ideas for how to love your partner in a way that will make you irreplaceable and precious to him or her.

This offering is geared towards committed couples, but anyone with an interest in learning how to sustain a healthy long-term committed relationship can benefit.

The Life Story of Lasting Love Partnerships

Think about the happiest long-term couple you know.

Like all similarly satisfied couples, they went through three distinct relationship phases.

This talk provides an over-arching model for the development of successful relationships, identifying key hallmarks of each phase.

Doc Springer also de-bunks the notion of “soulmates” while describing how two partners can become each other’s “one in a billion” perfect match.

This is a mentally stimulating talk that gives a birds-eye view on the life course of happy marriage.

Doc Springer's background in LIVE TV allowed for a smooth transition in 2020 to virtual speaking for...

  • McKesson (America and Europe)
  • S & P Global Intelligence
  • USAA
  • SOCOM Care Coalition
  • Army National Guard Bureau Keynote
  • Marines Memorial Club and Association
  • Walk of Honor 2021
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • EVOLVE Keynote (for military spouses)
  • Synack
  • VA/DoD Suicide Prevention Conference
  • Maryland's Commitment to Veterans