PSU Offers Counseling Services to War Veterans

September 23rd, 2008 by Adam

The PSU Counseling and Human Relations Center will be offering a War Veterans Group to provide PSU students (and possibly some non-students) who are U.S. military veterans of war an opportunity to address issues of coping, stress management, and the after-effects of their combat or non-combat war experiences with other veterans in a safe, confidential and supportive environment.

The goals of the group include the increased ability to cope effectively with the stress resulting from military/war experience and from readjustment to civilian life; development/strengthening of healthy stress management tools; and mutual support in an environment of peers who have shared war experiences.

The meetings will be facilitated by Robert Hlasny, Ph.D., Clinical Coordinator, and Michael Fischler, Ed. D., Director, Counseling and Human Relations Center. The group will start as soon as there are enough members, and the meeting time will be determined after considering members’ scheduling needs.

In explaining their department and institution’s rationale for offering such a group, Fischler and Hlasny explained, “The veterans’ mission was to offer their support to others. Our mission is to offer our support to them. Nothing could be more natural or necessary. We are honored to have this opportunity.”

The group is primarily for PSU students, although other war veterans in the state are welcome to participate. Please be aware that space constraints may limit the size of the group. For more information about the war veterans group, call Terri Johnson at the Counseling and Human Relations Center at 535-2461. An intake assessment appointment is required for participation and will determine suitability for the group.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or Bruce Lyndes