Returning veterans represent some of the greatest challenges for the United States. The consequences of recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan affect every returning veteran. Some veterans experience more minor adjustments, for example needing only two-three months to readjust to civilian life and managing their reactions to noise, smells or indelicate comments. Others’ changes are more dramatic and can include seemingly irrational emotional responses to situations or individuals. These deeper changes can result in alienation or physical confrontation; many veterans suffer guilt, rage, memory loss and paranoia from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and/or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).
Understanding the impact of military culture and the overlay of war is critical to responding to and dealing with veterans in a mediation setting. The effects are threshold issues when mediating with veterans attempting to reintegrate into their families and the communities. The good news is that mediation is well suited in helping veterans deal with their present circumstances: we can facilitate conversations and help them set reasonable goals with others who are important in their lives. The future-orientation and structure of mediation offer veterans and those around them the opportunity to make practical and incremental changes; we have found that they use mediation to establish new relationships and activities consistent with their new reality. The mediation process can help veterans sort through the complex entitlement resulting from their services, while allowing the intra-personal battles of the veteran to other interventions and other professionals.
Presenter: Mark Kleiman.
When: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 – 6:00pm Eastern Time
Registration: FREE (spots are limited).
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