What emotional pain are veterans and their families living with and how can we effectively help them?
To examine the emotional intensity of war and innovative strategies for healing, a special event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 (and repeated on Oct. 23) at The Tundra Lodge Convention Center, 865 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay. The event, titled “Wounded Warrior: Trauma and Transition,” is co-sponsored by UW-Green Bay and the Diocese of Green Bay.
Invited to attend are veterans, their adult family members, clergy, pastoral ministers and mental health professionals. Participants will learn about the impact of war on the soldier, his or her family, and the community as well as intervention methods that have demonstrated positive outcomes for veterans who have experienced combat stress.
The conference is offered through the office of Outreach and Adult Access at UW-Green Bay and serves as a continuing education program for social workers, licensed professional counselors and funeral directors. The event is also sponsored by the Northeast Wisconsin Alliance for Social Worker and Professional Counseling Continuing Education.
Leading the conference will be:
Dr. Ronald Ringo, a lieutenant commander who served with the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. He holds numerous degrees including a doctorate in counseling and philosophy. He is a Licensed Social Worker, and has national certifications as a Master Addictions Counselor, Certified Clinical Criminal Justice Specialist, and is an internationally Certified Trauma Specialist. He designed the Marine Corps’ “Warrior Transition Program,” which was featured on CNN’s “Newsnight,” and he was featured in a documentary film on trauma and war titled “Between Iraq and a Hard Place,” which won many film festival awards.
Father Michael Dory, a Navy captain and a priest ordained for the Diocese of Green Bay. He earned his doctorate from St. Mary’s University and was commissioned to the Chaplain Corps in 1991. His service in the Navy and Marine Corps has led to numerous tours and assignments around the world including as Command Chaplain on the USS Nimitz. He currently serves as Assistant Chief of Staff of Religious Ministries at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Western Recruiting Region.
Shirley MacInnis Ringo, a psychotherapist who focuses on women’s issues, life trauma and emotional healing. She is a member of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists and a keynote speaker for professional and individual groups on the value of understanding life trauma, its causes, treatment and recovery. She has been crossed-trained in many healing modalities including: Thought Field Therapy, Cranial Sacral Therapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. She has worked with such notables as Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Les and Fran Hewitt, authors of The Power of Focus.
Registration is $79 and includes breakfast and lunch. Catholic parishes have been invited to sponsor a veteran and/or their adult family members. Register online at www.uwgb.edu/outreach/socialwork/ (scroll to the “Wounded Warrior” listing), by phone at 920-465-2642 or by mail. The brochure and registration form can be downloaded from the website.
The Tundra Lodge is offering a discounted rate and four water park passes to families who stay on Oct. 21 or 22; just mention the Wounded Warrior Workshop.