Veterans Resources at
Following up on Terry Keane's presentation
on PTSD, CCAPS featured speaker in Boston, the newsletter team would
like to hear what counseling centers around the country are doing to
work with veterans. We received these two good submissions from CCAPS
members. If you have questions about their programs please contact them
for more information. Thank you Jane and Mark!
From Jane Bost at University of Texas Austin
Here are several things that we're doing here at UT Austin:
The university has created a Veteran Services Committee, coordinated by the
Registrar's Office. Key stakeholders such as the Counseling and Mental
Health Center, Dean of Students Office, Student Financial Aid Services, and
others. The purpose of the committee is to share information and ideas about
how to meet the needs of student veterans and to increase collaboration
among these university departments.
The counseling center has developed specific web content for student
veterans http://cmhc.utexas.edu/veterans.html This includes information on
making the transition from soldier to student as well as helpful information
for faculty and staff in working with student veterans.
The most recent development has been the creation of a research-practice
team consisting of the Austin VA, the Counseling Psychology Department (a
professor who has been doing research on veterans), the Counseling and
Mental Health Center, the Dean of Students and the Student Affairs
Assessment Coordinator. While early in the process, this group plans to
collaborate on an upcoming needs assessment of student veterans as well as
possible training of key university faculty and staff around student veteran
Jane Morgan Bost, Ph.D.
UT Counseling and Mental Health Center
From Mark Matuszewski at Northern Illinois University
I'm writing to share what we are doing to work with veterans at NIU. Last
year, we identified counseling center staff with an interest and/or
experience in working with veterans or trauma. We then partnered with our
peers in Health Enhancement, Health Services, and Recreational Services to
develop a script and conduct focus groups to both listen to and obtain
information from veterans, including a "women only" veteran focus group. We
are currently summarizing this data. We also met with our very active, NIU
Veterans' Club several times, introducing ourselves, asking questions, and
providing information about our services. At the same time, we have been
contacting and learning about various local/community resources, such as the
Vet Center, Vet. Service Commission, vet support groups, and private
therapists who can provide long term treatment for trauma. 2009-2010 has
been a year of gathering information and assessing needs.
Toward the middle of this last semester, a mandate through the governor of
Illinois has been met, the hiring of a Veteran Services Coordinator for all
NIU students. We are having this individual come to a staff meeting in two
weeks to see how we can partner and work together. In the meantime, we have
increased the number of veterans seen in our walk-in clinic, and we have
either provided them services directly or referred them to providers locally
who can better meet their needs. Based in communication and placing
ourselves in the public eye, we have increased our accessibility for
veterans. It is one our counseling center priorities for the next year to
offer a group treatment experience for veterans, and we will continue to
look at our research and talk with our peers and associates on campus to
figure out what this should look like. According to several Amvets Members,
NIU has more veteran students, 600-800, than any other school in Illinois.
We have lots of work to do, but it is exciting! 2010-2011 is the year of
Mark S. Matuszewski, Ph.D.
NIU CSDC Staff Psychologist