Student veterans often face different challenges in a college setting than traditional students. To address this need, WELLWVU and the Davis & Elkins College are teaming up to bring two presenters from the Center for Deployment Psychology, located in Washington, D.C., to help educate higher education faculty and staff from around the state on those issues Thursday (June 28).

This workshop contains a series of sessions in order to best tackle those challenges. Currently, 123 registrants will participate in a series of discussions:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Service Members and Veterans on Campus: Culture and Campus Challenges
  • 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The Deployment Cycle and its Impact on Students; Reintegration Challenges
  • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Outreach Strategies; Large Group Outreach Activities
  • 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Clinical Discussion; Overview of Treatment for PTSD on Campus

“The purpose of the workshop is to orient us to the veteran experience,” said Ian Kellems, assistant director of the WELLWVU Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services. “We’ll have a chance to talk about the deployment cycle and what the military is like so that we have a better idea of where veterans are coming from, which will allow us to better accommodate their transition to college.”

West Virginia University has more than 700 student veterans on campus. Becoming more sensitive to their experience will help the faculty and staff to work more effectively with service members, Kellems said.

Faculty and staff from around West Virginia, including from the Davis & Elkins College and Marshall University, are attending the workshop held at White Hall.

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