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Date: APRIL 3, 2013
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 Pm (ET)

Webinar Overview

This Webinar will focus on some of the current difficulties  encountered by college professors instructing students who are Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Content will include basic characteristics, causes, and effects of PTSD. More importantly, it will include ways professors can provide support to their Veteran students. A lively panel discussion, thought-provoking videos, case studies, and surveys from Veteran students will be shared so that participants will be better enlightened on how to respond to the specialized learning needs of this student population.

Webinar Speakers

Deborah Grassman, NP

Deborah Grassman is a Nurse Practitioner. Her career at Bay Pines VA in St. Petersburg, Florida lasted for nearly 30 years, where she was the Director of the Hospice program and personally took care of 10,000 dying veterans. She recently retired from the VA and now provides education and consultation throughout the country. Deborah’s contribution toward advancing End-of-Life care in this country is described by NHPCO. On their website, they write: “Deborah’s work has dramatically and almost singlehandedly increased awareness of Veterans and their unique end-of-life issues. Additionally, her insights into the family’s experience offers perspectives for understanding how these experiences can impact on and often complicate grief and bereavement.”  Deborah’s book, Peace at Last: Stories of Hope and Healing for Veterans, is used by multiple agencies to learn about the effects of past trauma on the quality of a person’s dying process, the influence of the various cultures of war on dying veterans, stoicism, and warrior wisdom. She has a new book, The Hero Within: Redeeming the Destiny We were Born to Fulfill which describes the processes of abiding, reckoning, and beholding our interior hero.

Paul F. Tschudi, Ed.S, MA, LPC

Tschudi has over twenty five years of experience working with people facing grief, loss and life transitions. He had maintained a private counseling practice for over 15 years. From 1993 until 1997, he was Executive Director of The Wendt Center (aka St. Francis Center), a center for counseling and educating people living with loss and illness where he currently serves on the advisory board. His interest in end-of-life issues was born out of the experience of serving as a medic in Vietnam 1969-70. Currently, Mr. Tschudi is an assistant professor with duel appointments at The George Washington University’s (GWU) School of Medicine and Health Sciences as well as The Graduate School of Education and Human Development Counseling Department. Tschudi began developing and teaching courses on grief, loss and life transition in 1994 when he developed the first counseling course that focused on grief and loss. This eventually lead to both graduate and undergraduate courses including an on-line Masters Degree in End-of-Life Care and an on campus Graduate Certificate in Grief, Loss and Life Transitions. The courses focus more on the humanity of caring and normalizing life transitions rather than on clinical/medical model approaches. Tschudi is a faculty advisor for both the ISCOPES Transitioning Veterans Collaborative service learning team and the GW Student Veterans Group.  He co-chairs the GW Task Force on Military Members and their Families – a collaboration of schools and faculty/staff who serve the military community at GWU and also serves on the Advisory Board of TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors) .In addition, he conducts workshops, retreats and classes for colleges, non-profit organizations, conferences, government agencies and companies addressing issues of loss, grief, spirituality, veteran’s transitional issues and self-care. And in 2006, Tschudi developed the GWU End-of-Life Care Summer Institute which has become an educational staple each summer since and focuses on contemporary issues around grief, loss, life transitions and veterans. He has recently developed a graduate level course “Life Beyond War” which brings together student veterans and graduate level counseling and psychology students to learn coping, listening, self-reflection and counseling skills when working with veterans and their families.

Ralph Wineland, MRC

Ralph Wineland joined the Department of Veterans Affairs Toledo Vet Center as a Team Leader in October 2010. Prior to entering the mental health field Ralph held professional positions as a Senior Industrial Marketing Engineer, Business Development Manager, and Capacity Development Specialist for electric utilities in Ohio and Bangladesh. Ralph holds a Master of Rehabilitation Counseling degree, Bachelor degrees of Industrial Management and Electronic Engineering Technology, and an Associate degree in Civil Engineering Technology. Ralph served in Vietnam 69-69 as a medical corpsman for the 37th Medical Company at Blackhorse Base Camp and as a combat medic for the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment G Troop, 2nd. Squad, 1st. Platoon. Ralph is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a License Professional Counselor. Ralph is a member of the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 35, American Legion Post 646, VFW Post 7424, and the 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia. He enjoys traveling with his wife Kim and visiting their nine grandchildren. 

Webinar Recording

AACN Member Faculty Recording

NOTE: If you are a member of the AACN Collaboration Community, use the AACN Member Recording link to view this webinar. Please contact Anna Kathryn Pierce, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at apierce@aacn.nche.edu for access to the community.

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