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Conference to address suicide, issues associated with combat trauma

A one-day conference at Illinois State University will focus on trauma that soldiers and veterans face with active military duty, and the growing numbers of suicides committed by soldiers and veterans.

Titled “Soldiering On: Understanding Trauma in the Military Culture,” the conference will be from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 4, at the Alumni Center. The cost is $150 and the conference is sponsored by the School of Social Work.

To register for the event, visit Soldiering On: Understanding Trauma in the Military Culture registration link.

The conference will feature Brad Singer, the clinic chief for the Embedded Behavioral Health Team attached to the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia. “This seminar is not about doing things different, it is about seeing the problems faced by soldiers and veterans in a different way,” said Singer. “Active duty soldiers live in a world that most of us cannot understand.”

This one-day event will address the specific and multiple needs of the U.S. military population ranging from active service members to National Guard to reserves and veterans. As a result of an alarming number of veteran and soldier suicides, discussions will include combat trauma, suicide intervention, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) treatments, domestic violence, and military culture.

Continuing Education Units (CEU) are approved for LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, CDVP, and CPAIP. Attending both days of this conference fulfills both the cultural competency (Monday) and ethics (Tuesday) CEU requirements.

For more information and a full conference agenda, visit the Illinois State University School of Social Work Special Events page or contact socialwork@ilstu.edu.

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