On November 7, 2011, CIR hosted a colloquium featuring Roméo Dallaire, Canadian Senator and Retired Canadian Forces Lieutenant-General. Sen. Dallaire served as Force Commander for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) in 1994 and experienced various challenges with reintegration upon his return home. At the colloquium, Sen. Dallaire shared his personal experience with post-traumatic stress and its effects, and how he has learned to manage the challenges of coming back home from a war zone.
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The Invisible Veterans: A Colloquium with LGen Romeo Dallaire (Ret.)
Date: Monday, November 7
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The Forum, Ronald Tutor Campus Center
Join us for a colloquium featuring Canadian Senator Roméo A. Dallaire, a retired Lieutenant-General in the Canadian Army who served as Force Commander for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) in 1994. He has written about his experiences in Rwanda in Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, and was awarded the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction in 2004. Sen. Dallaire will share his experience with reintegration and post-traumatic stress upon his return from Rwanda.
On January 18, 2011, the School of Social work and CIR hosted a conference on wounded warrior care. The conference, Wounded Warriors: Healing the Mind, Body and Soul, brought together experts and professionals from the United States and Canada to discuss and share innovative and best practices for the holistic treatment of military servicemembers and veterans from both countries.
The event was sponsored by the USC School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR), the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles, and the Canadian Forces.
To view video of the conference, please see links below:
Wounded Warriors Conference (Part 1)
Wounded Warriors Conference (Part 2)
On January 18, American and Canadian experts and professionals on wounded warrior care gathered at the USC Davidson Conference Center to share innovative and best practices for treating military servicemembers and veterans on both sides of the border. The conference, Wounded Warriors: Healing the Mind, Body and Soul, featured three panels that explored the challenges of the physical, mental and spiritual wounds suffered by servicemembers and veterans, as well as the various efforts and approaches taken by the United States and Canada to heal these wounds.
The event was sponsored by the USC School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR), the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles and the Canadian Forces, and represents a pioneering effort by American and Canadian entities to coordinate international research and education regarding the treatment of military servicemembers and veterans.
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On January 18, 2011, the USC School of Social Work will host a conference focused on exploring innovative approaches to wounded warrior care in the United States and Canada. The conference–entitled Wounded Warriors: Healing the Mind, Body, and Soul–will be a collaboration among CIR, the Canadian Forces, and the Canadian Consulate General of Los Angeles on best practices regarding the care of wounded warriors. Wounded Warriors will feature three panel presentations on the mind, body, and soul as they pertain to the care of wounded warriors.
Wounded Warriors: Healing the Mind, Body, and Soul
January 18, 2011
USC Davidson Conference Center
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Admission to the conference is free, but an RSVP is required to attend. To register for this event, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From November 29th to December 3rd, a small delegation from USC’s School of Social Work traveled to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus at the invitation of Major P.J. Crow of the Canadian Forces, to observe the decompression program for Canadian servicemembers finishing their deployments. The USC delegation included Dean Marilyn Flynn and Dr. Anthony Hassan (USC School of Social Work), Dr. Jeffery Wilkins (Lincy Foundation), COL Darc Keller (California National Guard), and Dr. Carl McKnight (Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health).
Canada’s Third-Location Decompression (TLD) model is based on the understanding that all servicemembers have directly or indirectly shared painful or distressing experiences during their deployment, and that spending some time in a location that is neither a military base nor home will help them prepare themselves both mentally and emotionally for their return to life at home base and in the community. The program is held at the Azia Resort and Spa near Paphos, and offers groups of approximately 150 servicemembers five days to unwind and re-acclimate to civilian life before finishing their journey home.
During their stay at the resort, they are required to attend four hours of mental readiness training. Afternoons and evenings are left free, so that servicemembers can use the hotel’s spa or explore the island’s historical sites, restaurants, and beaches. Upon their return home, these servicemembers receive additional training and a follow-up meeting 60 days later to evaluate their transition back into their communities.
The USC delegation had the opportunity to observe, interact, and interview staff and returning servicemembers participating in the TLD program, and discovered a high level of satisfaction among the program’s participants. According to evaluations conducted by the Canadian Forces, there is consensus that the TLD program is valuable as both a component of the decompression process and as a phase of the transition process, which begins prior to deployment and continues after the servicemembers’ return home. Although a family component has not yet been incorporated into the program, the Canadian Forces recognize the need to include family members in the process and plan to introduce this component into the program.