Military Sexual Trauma among women and men veterans of Operation Iraq Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom is a major emerging issue for our time. The most widely type of trauma researched thus far is trauma in female veterans who experienced sexual assault (MST) while serving in the military. Despite recent and ongoing research, the study of MST is still in its infancy stage. This presentation will explore risk factors, prevalence, mental and physical consequences and implications for treatment.
- Define the prevalence of Military Sexual Trauma among women veterans of OIF and OEF.
- Describe the risk factors associated with sexual assault.
- Explore many of the key points presently researched including mental health and physical health consequences.
- Discuss mental health treatment interventions with the strongest levels of empirical support including Prolonged Exposure Treatment and Cognitive Processing Therapy among others.
Sister Nancy DeCesare has over thirty years of experience working in the fields of administration, social work and teaching. As a frontline social worker on the streets of New York City, a supervisor, and executive director and now as an associate professor of Human Services at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia PA She holds both bachelors and masters in Social Work from Marywood University, and a Masters of Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Sister received her PhD in Clinical Social Work from the Shirley M. Ehrenkraus School of Social work, New York University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Academy of Certified Social Workers, and a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. She is a licensed clinical social worker in both New York and Pennsylvania.
Sister has received many honors for her work with marginalized populations including the National Jefferson Award, an award founded by Jackie Kennedy given for outstanding public service, the No Time to Lose Award, presented by the Governor of New York and the Beloved Award for her work with street children.
Sister is the former Executive Director of Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York, an international program for homeless youth. In addition, Sister is a grant writer, teacher and author. She has served on several boards including the Philadelphia Children’s Foundation and the Governor’s Advisory Board for People with Disabilities for the state of Pennsylvania.
Sister Nancy’s professional life has complemented her desire to make a difference. Her research centers on improving both personal and educational opportunities for young people. Her work in the areas of social policy, mental health and clinical counseling are notable. In 2010, Sister started The Soldiers Project for the State of Pennsylvania. The Soldiers Project provides services to veterans and their loved ones from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts free of charge. It is part of the National program of The Soldiers Project. The Soldiers Project PA also provides ongoing continuing education opportunities about the psychological effects of war. These trainings are open to the public, and free to members of The Soldiers Project.
Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Time: 8:30am Registration, Workshop 9am to 4pm
Location: Belmont Behavioral Health
Credits 6 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s and NJ Social Workers
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