Welcome Home: Creating a Campus Climate of Wellness for Returning Veterans
The Welcome Home training is a program for faculty and staff about the mental health needs of student veterans. The major objectives of the training are to increase awareness about the signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and depression so that faculty and staff can better understand how these conditions might impact student success in the classroom and on campus. The Welcome Home training is a four-hour training that has been adapted from “Combat to Community”, an 8 hour instructional course for law enforcement.
The Welcome Home curriculum was developed by Dr. David Joseph, a licensed psychologist who is a consultant for this project. Dr. Joseph specializes in treating veterans with combat trauma and military sexual trauma at the Oakland Vet Center.
A Welcome Home Program course reader has been compiled to serve as a resource for anyone wanting to learn more about returning veterans and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (PDF)