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Counseling center uc

Counseling Center, UC

VETERANS AND Military Personnel on Campus


Remember me

Remember Me

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ervaMPt4Ha0

  • Suggestion of Steve Frantz, MN


Today s presentation

Today’s Presentation

  • Who are veterans and other military?

  • What have they experienced?

  • What is the transition process?

  • What can YOU do to be most effective?


Who are they

Who are they?

  • Military Veterans

  • Military Reserve Components

    1 weekend/4, 2 weeks/52

  • Reserves

  • National Guard

  • Inactive Duty

  • Family members


Active duty demographics

Active Duty demographics

  • 1.5 million + in military

  • Primarily 19-30 year old men

  • enlisted average age 27, 85% male

  • officer corps average age 34, 84% male

  • Approx. 50% married

  • 43% have children (average number, 2)

  • Up to 52% dual service families

  • DOD 2004 Report


Why are they in school

Why are they in school?

  • $ for college a motivator to join military

  • Improved GI benefits

  • Ohio Initiative—will it have an impact?


Our uc students

*Our UC Students

  • Fall quarter 2009

  • Veterans = 516

  • Guard or Reserve =126

    Registrar’s Office, UC


Why uc

*Why UC?

  • Focus group 2008

  • Local, started here, family nearby

  • Specific academic programs

  • Credits for military experience, education, and courses

  • Veterans Advisory Committee report, 2009


Military values

Military Values

  • Loyalty

  • Duty

  • Respect

  • Selfless Service

  • Honor

  • Integrity

  • Personal Courage


Strengths

Strengths

  • Mature

  • Clear and serious priorities

  • Confident

  • Courageous

  • Cross-cultural knowledge

  • Determined

  • Disciplined

  • Focused


Veterans and military personnel on campus

  • Goal directed

  • Focused, sense of purpose, goal directed

  • Inner strength

  • Persevere

  • Problem solving skills

  • Responsible

  • Sense of purpose


Veterans and military personnel on campus

Nice qualities to have

in your classroom??


Veterans and military personnel on campus

  • Financial support, maturity, and experience all predict graduation

  • But veterans have higher attrition

  • What can we do to help them succeed ?


What have vets experienced

What have vets experienced?

  • “Stop loss” multiple tours of duty:

    Serving 1-2 more tours of duty than

    anticipated—some have 4-5 tours;

    increased use of Reserves

    and National Guard

    260-280 days/year in conflict

    WWII 40-60 days


Tough realities of combat

“Tough Realities of Combat”

  • Fear is ubiquitous

  • Unit members will be injured and killed

  • Communications will break down

  • Leadership failures will be perceived

  • Combat poses moral and ethical challenges

  • Environment is harsh and demanding*

  • WRAIR Land Combat Study Team


Harsh environment

*Harsh environment

Extreme heat

24 hour operations

Constant movement by ground or air

Crowded, uncomfortable living conditions

Limited downtime

Difficult communications

Center for Deployment Psychology, 2009


Iraq and afghanistan

Iraq and Afghanistan

  • No front line

  • Highly ambiguous environment

  • Complex and changing missions

    combat, peacekeeping, humanitarian

    Center for Deployment Psychology, 2009


Veterans and military personnel on campus

  • Prolonged stress

  • Improvised explosive devices

  • Women: sexual assault and harassment

  • Physical injury with high survival rate…90%+

    6% current conflict vets are amputees

    Physical and emotional trauma


Iraq combat experiences

Iraq Combat Experiences

  • Seen dead bodies, remains 95%

  • Shot at 93%

  • Attacked or ambushed 89%

  • Know someone killed, injured 86%

  • Fired at enemy 77%

  • Hoge et al, NEJM 2004, reported in CDP 2009


It s all about

It’s all about…

TRANSITION


Transition military to school

Transition: Military to School

  • Moving In: why join, getting called up, serving overseas

  • Moving Through: combat duty, memorable experiences, earning credits

  • Moving Out: transition program, returning home, academic preparation

  • DiRamio et. al. NASPA Journal


Deployment affects the whole family

Deployment Affects the Whole Family

  • Family roles, routines, communications

  • Loneliness

  • Finances

  • Fears

  • Children’s needs


College themes

College Themes

  • Connecting with peers

  • Blending In

  • Faculty

  • Campus vets office

  • Finances

  • Students with disabilities

  • Mental health and PTSD

  • DiRamio, NASPA Journal


Homecoming a process over time

Homecoming:A Process Over Time

  • Military culture to civilian culture

  • Battlemind to Homemind (Schoolmind)

  • High school…military…college


Battlemind

Battlemind

  • Focus on mission—nothing else matters

  • Truly life or death

  • Constant adrenaline rush

  • Black or white, all or nothing

  • Sense of purpose, invincibility

  • Trust battle buddies only; others = threat

  • Need to control environment

  • Real problems and needs exist there

  • COL Kevin Gerdes Briefing, reported in CDP Training 2009


Homemind

Homemind

  • Life now unfocused and complex

  • No longer life and death

  • What can replace the “high”?

  • Things are not clear cut

  • Loss in sense of purpose

  • Can’t trust anybody

  • Can’t be in control of surroundings

  • Problems pale in comparison

  • COL Kevin Gerdes, 2008, reported in CDP 2009


Challenges

Challenges

  • Lost camaraderie

  • Lost institutionalization

  • Academic deficiencies

  • Not fitting in—maturity, political climate, feel isolated


Veterans and military personnel on campus

  • Family readjustment

    changed roles and responsibilities

    spouse/partner may still be

    overseas

    balancing school, work, family


Veterans and military personnel on campus

  • Finances

    gap between benefits and expenses

    unaware of benefits

    not all classes or programs qualify

    Even more of an issue for single mothers


Reservists

Reservists

  • Return to civilian life

  • Job may be gone

  • May have reduced income

  • May lose health care coverage

  • Loss of unit and military support for family

  • Lack of observation/ follow up to assess needs

  • Center for Deployment Psychology, 20009


Channeling strengths

Channeling Strengths

Skills for survival in combat must shift, toward

  • Flexibility

  • React slower

  • Relax

  • Talk

  • Reduce alcohol

  • Show emotions

  • Negotiate

  • Forge new identity

  • Combat to Classroom


How do vets feel on campus focus group 2008 naspa

How do vets feel on campus?Focus group 2008 (NASPA)

  • Like other non-traditional students, but “severely non-traditional”

  • Transition to freedom of campus environment after years of orders

  • Annoyed with disorganization


Veterans and military personnel on campus

  • Don’t want anything special

  • Want to be recognized, want faculty to care about them

  • Don’t want “liberal” faculty poking and prodding; harassment

  • Want to connect with others, but may not show friendliness


Around deployments

Around deployments

  • College of Arts and Sciences

  • Military Reserve Component Student Activation Grading Policy

  • Instructor Awareness Form

  • “Person of Contact”


Health and disability

Health and Disability

  • Physical injury and survival

  • Loss of limbs

  • Traumatic Brain Injury


Traumatic brain injury tbi

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

  • Blow, jolt, or penetrating injury that affects brain function

  • Mild to severe

  • Short to long term problems

  • CDP 2004 reported in CDP 2009


Tbi symptoms

TBI Symptoms

  • Headaches, dizziness, tiredness, ringing in ears, blurred vision or tired eyes, sleep, balance

  • Sensitivity to sound, light, distractions

  • Memory, attention, concentration, organizing, decision-making, problem solving; slowed down

  • Irritability, anxiety, sadness, impulsivity

  • Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center , 2007; VA Hospital


Mental health

Mental Health

  • At risk for combat stress reaction

    and ptsd

  • Depression, anger, aggression, suicidal thoughts, self-blame, guilt, shame


Combat stress reaction

Combat Stress Reaction

  • Perseverating on combat experiences

  • Nightmares or trouble sleeping

  • Angry, tense, jumpy

  • Feel futility

  • Trouble trusting

  • Symptoms last days or weeks, a normal response


Veterans and military personnel on campus

PTSD

  • Re-experiencing thru nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts and memories

  • Avoidance feeling numb, detached, estranged; avoid reminders

  • On edge trouble relaxing, sleeping, hyper-vigilant, irritable, startle easily

  • May have delayed onset


Veterans and military personnel on campus

  • Recognize possible ptsd, tbi, other difficulties and use existing resources

  • Consult with Counseling Center

  • Refer to DSO for accommodations

  • Classroom management, UJA


Campus resources

Campus resources

  • Vets advisor, Transfer and Lifelong Learning, Registrar’s Office

  • Counseling Center

  • Disability Services Office

  • Learning Assistance Center

  • University Judicial Affairs

  • Campus Ministry

  • Women’s Center

  • Dean’s Office


Counseling center web resources

Counseling Center Web resources

  • http://www.afterdeployment.org

  • http://www.dvbic.org

  • www.militaryonesource.com

  • http://archive.sesameworkshop.org/tlc/

  • http://www.studentveterans.org/resourcelibrary/

  • http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/index.asp

  • https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/content/view/858/1053/


Vet2vet crisis hotline 1 877 838 2838

Vet2Vet Crisis Hotline1-877-838-2838

Cincinnati VA Hospital—OEF/OIF Clinic

primary care

mental health services

military sexual trauma

case management


Recommended reading

Recommended Reading)

The Good Soldiers

David Finkel

  • President Bush announced “the surge” in January 2007. David Finkel accompanied the army infantry soldiers of the 2-16 (the Rangers) for 15 months in Iraq, reporting their story.


Veterans and military personnel on campus

Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives

Jim Sheeler

  • Sheeler follows the experiences of several military men and their families through the work of Major Steve Beck, a Marine who specializes in helping the bereaved. Based on a Pulitzer prize-winning report.


Veterans and military personnel on campus

Coppola: A Pediatric Surgeon in Iraq

Chris Coppola

  • Dr. Chris Coppola’s had two tours of duty as a US Air Force surgeon in Iraq. Trained as a pediatric surgeon, he treated wounded soldiers (both US and Iraqi) and children, setting aside his personal beliefs about the war.


Veterans and military personnel on campus

  • From Soldier to Student: Easing the Transition of Service Members on Campus

  • American Council on Education, 2009

  • http://www.soc.aascu.org/pubfiles/socmisc/Student_Soldier.pdf


Sources

Sources:

  • Center for Deployment Psychology workshop materials 2009:

  • DOD 2004 Report

  • WRAIR Land Combat Study

  • Defense and Veterans Brain Injury

  • Center (Walter Reed Army Medical

  • Center); www.DVBIC.org


Veterans and military personnel on campus

  • Hoges, C.W. et. al. (2004). Combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, mental health problems, and barriers to care. New England Journal of Medicine, 351: 13-22.

  • DiRamio, D. et. a. (2008). From combat to campus: Voices of student-veterans. NASPA Journal, 45, pp. 73-102.

  • Myles, C. (20080. From combat to classroom; transitions of modern warriors.

  • http://services.exams.wisc.edu


Counseling center

Counseling Center

  • Confidential counseling for UC students – individual and group

  • Free walk-in urgent care services during business hours

  • Consultation with faculty, staff, family, and friends concerned about a student

  • Workshops and presentations – stress management, communication, relationships and balancing demands, and other life-enhancing topics

    316 Dyer Hall (513) 556-0648

    www.uc.edu/cc


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