Date: 11/6/2013 10:13:10 AM
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Keynote: Understanding Deployment & Homecoming: What Civilians May Not Know & What Veterans May Not Say - Dr. John E. Mundt
More than two million Americans have now returned from military service overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Participants will learn about the experience of these new veterans, with a primary goal to provide them with understanding and perspective necessary to support an optimal outcome to this major life transition. Given the prevalence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other problems in veterans, emphasis will be on the
typical deployment experiences of troops, including by linking specific warzone experiences with the psychological symptoms and behavior that they may produce. Substantial focus on the psychological experience of "homecoming", which impacts not only the returning serviceman or woman but also resonates throughout the extended family system.
Veterans Panel: Vets, The Arts and Healing
Focus on how veterans are able to say/express through art what they're often not able initially to talk about. There will be a mix of vets from Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq/Afghanistan discussing how they use stories, music, memoir, poetry and art to express their war experience.
Wednesday Evening: Animal Therapy - Capt. Luis Montalvan
Meet Capt. Montalvan and his service dog, Tuesday. Hear about his reintegration into civilian life, the difficulties he faced, and how he healed during the process. Presentations from local organizations that promote the use of service animals to support veterans in their healing. Wednesday evening session is open to anyone in the community at no charge; even if not registered for the summit.
THURSDAY (1/2 day)
Keynote: Military Sexual Assault, Nicole McCoy
Former Marine, Lance Corporal Nicole McCoy, is a survivor of multiple sexual assaults while in the military. She has been interviewed by Dan Rather and her story has appeared in many magazines and on National Public Radio. She will talk about her experiences in the military and since and what has helped her to heal. Nicole is currently petitioning the Department of Defense to create a national registry for service members convicted of sexual offenses while on active duty in the military.
Breakout Sessions for Veterans, their family members and clinicians (see website for descriptions):
- Challenges to the Treatment of PTSD
- Family Life, Military Style
- Agencies Advocating on Behalf of Vets
- Legal Resources for Veterans
- Animal Therapy
- Women's Programs
- Suicide Prevention Among Veterans & Service Members
- What Vets and their Family Members Need to Know About PTSD in War Veterans
- Recovery: Helping Veterans with Substance Use Problems
- After the War Zone: How We Heal
- Helping Homeless Veterans Transition from the Streets to a More Stable Environment
- Military Culture for Clinicians
- Veterans Helping Veterans
- PTSD for Clinicians
- Campus Programs for Vets
- Financial Support Resources for Veterans
- Military Sexual Trauma
Complementary Approaches: Practitioners of various complementary approaches, such as acupressure, acupuncture, tension releasing exercises and Tai Chi, will have information and demonstrations in the gym during the summit. See the final summit program when you register for information about specific demonstrations.
Art Exhibit: An exhibit of veterans’ art will be on display in the gym during the summit.
Resource Tables (see brochure for list of exhbitors)
Alliant Energy, Circle of Change Veterans Dog Program, Mental Health America of Wisconsin, UW Health
Rockford Health System
Army One Source, Dane County Aging & Disability Resource Center, Dane County Veteran Service Office, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Dryhootch, Healing Warrior Hearts, Mental Health America of Wisconsin, Madison Vet Center, RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, NAMI Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Madison Health Services, Wisconsin National Guard