Join CIR on Tuesday, April 10, for another session in its Brown Bag Series: “Veteran Employment: Practical Tools and Resources for Providers” with Dr. Nikola Alenkin. Dr. Alenkin will provide an overview of veteran employment and will present on relevant policies and practical resources for providers working with job-seeking veterans. 1.5 CEUs are available for MFTs and LCSWs!
As of last year, 2.5 million Post-9/11 servicemembers had separated from the armed forces and transitioned into civilian communities. Within these communities, veterans encounter a sluggish economy and high unemployment rates similar to civilians. However, complicating the reintegration process for veterans is the public’s wariness of their mental health status and their ability to succeed in the civilian workforce. Compounding public fears, stories flood the media emphasizing the mental health challenges of the veteran population. In addition to these obstacles, veterans are struggling to translate transferable skills from their military experience to the civilian workplace.
Dr. Nikola Alenkin (Ph.D, LCSW), is currently a part-time lecturer at the University of Southern California School of Social Work. He has over 15 years of direct classroom teaching experience, teaching at all collegiate school levels (community college, and California State University Schools). His current role as Supervisory Social Worker at the Department of Veterans Affairs provides him the opportunity to supervise clinical and paraprofessional staff and provide direct clinical practice to military veterans.
Dr. Alenkin completed his dissertation research in the area of secondary traumatic stress/compassion fatigue and coping strategies for mental health professionals. He has also completed research in the area of homelessness, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS effected individuals. He is currently part of a studying investigating the impacts of mindfulness practice in relation to stress management and reduction.
UPDATE: To view this archived seminar, CLICK HERE.