1st Annual Military & Veteran Populations Conference: Building Bridges & Connecting Lives
UWM, School of Continuing Education
May 21-22, 2014
About the conference:
We live in traumatic times. Individuals have always experienced trauma, most especially our men and women in the services of our nation. Given the current events surrounding our cities and nation, there is a great need for services for returning veterans. Realizing that our veterans and their families have sacrificed to serve others, sacrifices that often result in emotional distress and family discord, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Continuing Education is honored to host our very first conference on trauma counseling for military and veteran populations.
We hope to bring our military personnel, veterans, families of the military & veteran populations, service providers, and educators to dialogue, to share, and to network in “Building Bridges & Connecting Lives”. Over the course of the 2 day conference, workshops from local experts are held to increase our knowledge of the needs of our military and veteran populations and their families, enhance services provided for our military and veteran populations and their families, and build partnerships with attendees.
About the theme:
According to the Pew Research surveys, there is a widely held perception among both veterans and civilians that the public does not understand the problems faced by those in the military. This “Building Bridges & Connecting Lives” Conference seeks to address this gap through dialoguing, sharing and networking. The goals of this conference are to:
- Dialogue about current challenges and opportunities facing our military and veteran populations and their families in order to identify educational and community support
- Share best practices and innovation in services and support for our military and veteran populations and their families
- Network to build strong partnerships and collaborations with our military and veteran populations and their families, service providers and educational institutions
About the Audience:
This 1st annual conference is designed for ANYONE who works with or has contacts with the military and veteran populations - from family members, advocates, clinicians, and social workers, to educators, school personnel, and other professional providers.
It is the intent of this Conference to provide this venue for all to begin the dialogue towards understanding and building strong partnerships if we are to strengthening our families and community.