What Vets and Their Family Members Need to Know About PTSD in War Veterans
Many returning warzone veterans may find the readjustment process to be a challenge, and some of those may actually experience psychological distress that is severe and persistent enough to merit treatment. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one possible response to trauma, and this condition receives lots of attention but is frequently misunderstood. This brief breakout presentation will focus on what veterans and their families need to know about PTSD, in terms of how the condition manifests, how it is diagnosed, and how it can be treated.
Presenter: Dr. John Mundt, Keynote Speaker
Recovery: Helping Veterans with Substance Use Problems
Veterans will share their recovery stories and whathelped them with their recovery journey. ADTP Staff will share effective approaches to identify, engage and treatveterans with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health issues.Trends in substance abuse prevalence and prevention for veterans and active militarypersonnel will be reviewed. Objectives: 1. Gain a better understanding of the challenges veterans face indealing with substance abuse issues in the military and after service; 2. Learn best practices for prevention andintervention with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders; 3. Learn about VA resources for treatment.
Randall Chipman, LCSW, Manager, Addictive Disorders Treatment Program (ADTP) Wm. S. Middleton Veterans Hospital
Madison VA ADTP Treatment Staff & Veterans
After the War Zone: How We Heal
Veterans often lose their moral compass- their spiritual grounding - after returning from war. Learn about ways faith communities are reaching out to support veterans and their families.
Zelleane Joyner, Facilitator
Chaplain Simonis, American Legion
Chaplain Hedman, Wisconsin National Guard
Elder Jerolyn Robinson, Catholic Charities
Father Patrick Norris
Pastor Adams, Madison Mennonites
First Lt. Eric Bakko, Wisconsin National Guard
Helping Homeless Veterans Transition from the Streets to a More Stable Environment
This workshop will be a panel discussion between several individuals from several organizations who assist homeless Veterans. They find ways to provide a path for the Veteran to move to permanent housing. Transitional housing and subsidized housing will be discussed.
Sue Wallinger, City of Madison
Meghan Snitken, HUD/VASH
Karla Jameson, Porchlight
Cicely Robinson, HUD/VASH
Shirley Clayborne, City of Madison
Doug Loumos, Housing Initiatives of Madison
Military Culture for Clinicians
Clinicians who are not veterans can put themselves in a better position to respond to individuals who are by learning about military culture. This panel will help clinicians understand how the cultures of the different service branches differ and what they need to know about the military experience that can allow them to communicate more effectively and credibly with veterans.
Jennifer Sluga, Dane County Veterans Service Office
Ken Prust, Madison Vet Center
Sarah Yahnke, NAMI Wisconsin
Julie Murray, Madison Vet Center
Michael Gillitzer, USMC Wounded Warrior Regimen
Gabriel LePierre, Agrace
Joe Rasmussen, UW Madison
Vets Helping Vets
Veterans are assuming a variety of roles to assist their pers. This panel will provide information about various organizations that make peer support a part of their mission and their practice.
Calvin Tucker, Dryhootch Madison
Richard Machotka, Veteran Peer Support Specialist
Dave Hosking, Madison Vet Center
Alice Pauser, Wisconsin Peer Support Specialist Program Coordinator