There have been over 2.3 million soldiers deployed to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since October 2001. Of these, approximately 1.4 million have left active duty and begun their transition to civilian life, engaged in getting an education and new jobs. Many of these new veterans face psychological and readjustment difficulties that are the invisible wounds of war. The VA estimates that approximately 51% of returning soldiers sought help for a mental health problem, usually Post Traumatic Stress. In this lecture, we will explore the scope of mental health, neuro-cognitive, and readjustment problems that previously deployed military veteran students face as they return to our college campuses. We will also explore some unique issues military veterans who have not been deployed to a war zone may bring to college campuses. Finally, we will provide some guidelines on how campus initiatives and education can help these service men and women thrive in their educational endeavors.
- Learn PTSD basics
- Learn the basic components of trauma and the corresponding human responses
- Discuss the various triggers that tend to stimulate an increase in intensity of PTSD symptoms
- Explore and discuss the environmental cues to avoid, hence reducing symptom formation
- Identify environmental changes that tend to enhance educational success for military veteran students with PTSD on college campuses
All staff and faculty who potentially interact with military student veterans and student services personnel should attend this Webinar. Campus policy makers and leadership officials will want to learn the important variables associated with trauma in order to make informed choices of program and support development.