CSC PTSD WORKSHOP DRAWS GOOD PARTICIPATION

Posted 9 months ago

By John Axtell

Military veterans, mental health professionals, representatives of various government and private agencies came together to discuss and learn more about the many facets of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at a professional conference hosted on the Chadron State College campus Wednesday.

The professional social work class taught by Dr. Bruce Hoem planned and hosted the event which included opening remarks by Nebraska Senator Al Davis and Nebraska Army Guard Lt. Col. Tom Brewer.

Brewer, father of CSC junior and ROTC member Kalee Brewer, said the medical care he received in 2011 was vastly improved compared to that he received when he was injured in combat in 2003.

The Purple Heart recipient said he is still receiving speech therapy as part of his ongoing care. He praised the VA centers in Lincoln and Omaha where he has been treated. Others in attendance expressed varying levels of satisfaction with access and quality of VA care. VA employees, also present, offered updates about their services.

Topics discussed by a panel of experts in the morning and in 18 breakout sessions in the afternoon included the history of PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury and how it relates to PTSD, medical treatment access and options, mental health care including counseling, prescriptions drugs, adjusting back to civilian life, recovery from addictions, prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Hoem, associate professor in the counseling, psychology and social work department, said attendance was up from last year with nearly 200 participants from several states. Past conferences hosted by the senior-level class have included awareness topics such as bullying, cancer and disabilities.

Gary May, a double amputee Vietnam veteran and associate professor of social work in the graduate program at the University of Southern Indiana, served as keynote speaker. He opened his remarks with anexcerpt from the book “Terror Nation: Notes from the Perimeter” by Mike Palecek.

May reiterated throughout the day that he believes there are better ways than war to resolve differences and he hopes that the need to have citizens become veterans will decrease in the future.

Brewer said of the conference, “It was a fantastic opportunity for community outreach. It’s encouraging to see different states represented at a collaborative event like this.”

—Tena L. Cook, Interim Marketing Coordinator

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Nebraska National Guard Lt. Col. Tom Brewer, left, Gena Hegemann, CW3 and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program manager

Nebraska National Guard Lt. Col. Tom Brewer, left, Gena Hegemann, CW3 and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program manager

Military veterans, mental health professionals, representatives of various government and private agencies came together to discuss and learn more about the many facets of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at a professional conference hosted on the Chadron State College campus Wednesday.

The professional social work class taught by Dr. Bruce Hoem planned and hosted the event, the latest in a series of annual conferences on a variety of issues. Hoem says attendance was about 200, a larger turnout than for last year’s conference.

This year’s began with opening remarks by Nebraska Senator Al Davis and Nebraska Army Guard Lt. Col. Tom Brewer, father of CSC junior and ROTC member Kalee Brewer.

Colonel Brewer, a Purple Heart Recipient, said the medical care he received in 2011 was vastly improved compared to that he received when he was injured in combat in 2003…explaining he is still receiving speech therapy as part of his ongoing care.

He praised the VA centers in Lincoln and Omaha where he has been treated. Others in attendance expressed varying levels of satisfaction with access and quality of VA care. VA employees, also present, offered updates about their services.

Dr. Sally Weyer

Dr. Sally Weyer, panelist and breakout session leader

Topics discussed by a panel of experts in the morning and in 18 breakout sessions in the afternoon included the history of PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury and how it relates to PTSD, medical treatment access and options, mental health care including counseling, prescriptions drugs, adjusting back to civilian life, recovery from addictions, prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Gary May, a double amputee Vietnam veteran and associate professor of social work in the graduate program at the

University of Southern Indiana, served as keynote speaker. He opened his remarks with an excerpt from the book “Terror Nation: Notes from the Perimeter” by Mike Palecek.

May reiterated throughout the day that he believes there are better ways than war to resolve differences and he hopes that the need to have citizens become veterans will decrease in the future.

Brewer said of the conference, “It was a fantastic opportunity for community outreach. It’s encouraging to see different states represented at a collaborative event like this.”

—Tena L. Cook, Interim Marketing Coordinator