Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Conference set

April 24, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Veterans Club will be hosting a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Conference for higher education leaders on Saturday, May 4. The conference was created in order to give higher education administrators more ways to help foster a successful community for veterans in higher education.

“We want to be able to provide administrative staff with tools and practices to help implement a healthy and successful community on all campuses,” said Eli Caywood, UW-Platteville’s veterans certifying official.

The Veterans Club has invited staff and faculty from all UW System schools, as well as universities in Iowa and Illinois. Anyone wishing to attend must register at www.uwplatt.edu/ptsd.

Michael Orban, a Vietnam veteran who suffered from PTSD will be the keynote speaker. He will speak at 10:30 a.m. in Velzy Commons in Ullsvik Hall. Orban’s book, “Souled Out,” chronicles his struggles when he returned from Vietnam. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.

John Scocos, secretary of Wisconsin’s Department of Veterans Affairs will be on hand to speak about veteran benefits.

Caywood will talk about programming and practices related to PTSD on campus.

Dr. Deirdre Dalsing, UW-Platteville’s director of Counseling Services, will speak about PTSD in the classroom and Kristin Bull-Lyon, a clinical social worker from the Veterans Affairs office in Madison, Wis., will speak about programs that support veterans.

A student panel will begin at approximately 11:45 a.m. Caywood, Tim Long, student; Jake Krapfl, student from Northern Iowa University; and Jim Wagner, founder of the Veterans Freedom Center in Dubuque, Iowa and a Vietnam veteran will participate in the panel.

The purpose of the panel is to answer questions from faculty and administrators about student issues on campus. Panel participants will educate others on the challenges of being a student veteran on a campus composed mainly of younger, non-veterans as well as faculty who have not served in the military.

“As of right now, while we think the information that will be presented is valuable for people working with veterans, our goal is to focus our efforts on veterans in higher education,” said Caywood. “If we find that we will have open seats, we will look into opening up the conference to the public.”

Funding was donated by area American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, as well as fund raisers put on by the Veterans and Psychology clubs.

“Our intent is to develop this into an annual veterans conference with service and job fairs for veterans in the future,” said Caywood.

Contact: Eli Caywood, veterans certifying official, (608) 342-1321, caywoode@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Sarah Kessler, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, kesslers@uwplatt.edu

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