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Front Line to Home Front: Moral Injury

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Pleasant Hill - Main University Campus 100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-4817

November 5, 2016 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

A FREE half-day workshop with resources for service members, their families and the community service providers that support them.

In the military, service members are often placed in situations which go against their morals and they struggle with this upon returning home.

Hosted by the VALOR Center and Continuing Education Department at John F. Kennedy University this event will provide support and resources, including speakers and a panel discussion directly related to this moral injury that occurs while in the service.

This year’s speakers include:

Kathleen Pierce
A licensed clinical psychologist, Ms. Pierce specializes in providing treatment for trauma related disorders. She currently works with the Vet Center in Oakland, CA, where she provides treatment to veterans who have served in combat theatres, and veterans who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Her topic is: Moral Injury and PTSD – A Look at Profound Guilt as a Consequence of Military Service.

Laura Kerr
For over 20 years, Laura K. Kerr, PhD has written and lectured about healing from trauma, mental health reform, and the impact of society on mental disorders and trauma. She has also worked as a trauma-trained psychotherapist, including supporting veterans. Ms. Kerr will speak on Responding to Moral Injury in Veterans.

Also in attendance:

Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel Gregory D. Jans
A native of Buffalo, Minnesota, Ch Jans was ordained as a pastor by the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LC-MS) in 1990 and serves under the Ministry to the Armed Forces within the LC-MS board for International Mission. Ch Jans was commissioned as a United States Air Force Reserve chaplain in October 1991 while serving a pastorate in Mascoutah, Illinois. After entering active duty ministry in 1997, Ch Jans has served as a Protestant Chaplain, Clinical Pastoral Education student, Senior Protestant Chaplain Air Force Institute of Technology - Civilian student, Staff Chaplain for both Curriculum Development and Readiness Education and Training, Wing Chaplain, and Deputy Command Chaplain. Prior to his current position, Ch Jans was the Wing Chaplain, Sheppard AFB, Texas.

A light breakfast and lunch will be served. CEU are available for attendance.