UNI Veteran Association to hold PTSD awareness event

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Veteran Association (UNIVA), partnering with University of Northern Iowa Military and Veteran Student Services (MVSS), will host its second annual statewide PTSD Awareness Conference from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, in the Maucker Union on the UNI campus.

The conference will cover issues and concerns related to PTSD that not only originate from military experiences but also will include topics regarding sexual assault, addictions and other traumas. Speakers will present on subjects such as mental, emotional and academic support for those suffering from PTSD; the conference will focus on therapy such as art, music, service dogs and forgiveness; and will be a therapeutic intervention to the specific as well as broad challenges of changing generations of practitioners providing services to the evolving cultures of present day.

The conference will include an open panel discussion on how PTSD affects people during their day-to-day life, college and professional careers. This event will raise awareness to an unseen disorder by many. It will provide an opportunity to support continuing education to professionals and the general community alike.

The PTSD Awareness Conference was made possible through a partnership between the UNI Counseling Center, UNI Student Disability Services, UNI Student Wellness Services, UNI Veteran Association and UNI MVSS. The general registration fee is $10; free for UNI students. To register, visit military.uni.edu/ptsd. For more information, contact Chiquita Loveless, coordinator for UNI MVSS, at 319-273-3040 or Chiquita.loveless@uni.edu.


Emily Meier, vice president, UNI Veterans Association, 319-610-0473, meiereaa@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu