STUDENT CAUCUS EVENT: Post-Traumatic Growth for Veterans

October 18, 2017 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm


Columbia University School of Social Work 1255 Amsterdam Avenue Room C05 New York, NY 10027


Presented by
Retired Colonel and Director of Programs at Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, Virginia

Hosted by
MILITARY SOCIAL WORK CAUCUS, Columbia University’s School of Social Work

About the Program

In the aftermath of 16 years of war, more than 700,000 combat veterans, and 1.4 million family members, are battling the invisible wounds of war. The current mental health system, with its reliance on a one-size-fits-all approach of pharmaceuticals and talk therapy, has proven ineffective and ill-equipped to address the nature and scale of the challenges facing combat veterans and their families. At this caucus-sponsored event, Ret. Colonel John Sims will explain the philosophy behind Boulder Crest Retreat’s comprehensive wellness model. Privately funded, it fosters healing and Post-traumatic Growth through ancient warrior therapeutic techniques including archery, equine therapy, culinary therapy, transcendental meditation, and yoga.

About the Speaker

Retired Colonel John Sims (bio; interview) served for 30 years in the U.S. Army as both an Infantry NCO and Field Artillery officer. His operational deployments include Desert Shield/Storm, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He was the senior operations officer in the National Military Command Center during the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon. Upon his retirement from the Army in 2013, Sims has been working tirelessly on behalf of the cause of integrating veterans into the community, serving as the Deputy Director for Career Transition at the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). In July of this year, he joined Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, Virginia, as Director of Programs and a Warrior PATHH Guide.

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