Special Event “Healing Moral Injury and PTSD: Ministry to Veterans, their Families and Communities” on April 2

Special Event “Healing Moral Injury and PTSD: Ministry to Veterans, their Families and Communities” on April 2

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 @ 7 p.m.
University Hall 1000
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

This forum will also be broadcast live online (see below).

The reality of moral injury and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), with which many of our Veterans struggle, affects all Americans. How can we best serve these men and women, their families, their communities? How can we contribute to the process of healing?

At this public forum, an interreligious panel of military chaplains and ministers will lead a discussion on the realities of moral injury and PTSD, best practices for ministry to veterans, and the role of spirituality in healing from the respective perspectives of different faith traditions. Active military, veterans, ministers, mental health professionals, and anyone simply interested in learning about this important issue are encouraged to attend and participate. A reception will follow. Click here to learn more.

To Attend
This forum is free and open to the public; online preregistration is requested to participate in the forum on campus. Campus parking fees will apply. This forum will also be broadcast live via Webcast on the Center’s home page extension.lmu.edu/crs (no RSVP or login required to watch online).

This forum is generously sponsored by the Martin Gang Institute for Intergroup Relations, a joint venture of AJC Los Angeles and LMU Extension dedicated to the promotion of understanding between religious and ethnic communities in Southern California.

About the Speakers
Mark Mitchell, M.F.T. (moderator) is a licensed marriage and family therapist, LMU Extension Instructor, and a member of the Behavioral Health Team of the Los Angeles Collaborative that examines veteran services, best practices and evidence-based information.

Anne Svenson is the founder and director of Active Duty Families at Saddleback Church, Lake Forest. Active Duty Families is a support group that serves the needs of the families of active duty military.

Nathan Graeser, M.Div. is Battalion Chaplain at the 1-144th Field Artillery battalion in Burbank and works as a Project Specialist at the USC Center for Innovation and Research for Veteran and Military Families.

Amir Hussain, Ph.D. is a professor of Theological Studies at LMU and is on the board of directors of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School, where he brings his experiences in ABI to work on PTSD and Moral Injury.

Rabbi Kevin S. Bemel is a navy chaplain, writer, and cofounder of A Higher Calling: Chaplains for Veterans, which provides no-cost, round-the-clock pastoral counseling to veterans and their family members.

Rev. John W. Love, D.Min. is a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and an Air National Guard chaplain (Lt. Col.) at the 146th Air Wing in Channel Islands.

Please contact the LMU Center for Religion and Spirituality at (310) 338-2799 or e-mail crs@lmu.edu.