Soldiers Project Pennsylvania to Host Clinician Training at Chestnut Hill College to Discuss Military Sexual Trauma

Release Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College will host training for The Soldiers Project Pennsylvania on “Military Sexual Trauma” on Thursday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Redmond Room, St. Joseph Hall.


The presentation will define and describe military sexual trauma (MST) as well as explain some of the difficulties both female and male survivors of MST may have now and years later. It will also examine why many survivors do not come forward while in the service, regrettably suffering in silence. Services available for MST survivors will be explained and contact information provided.


Allison M. Stanco, M.S., LPC, will present the training. The training is open to social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors and those in the medical field. Two continuing education credits (CEU) will be offered for social workers, professional counselors and marriage and family therapists who attend. All members and guests who plan to attend the workshops will need to preregister to receive CEU certificates on the day of the training.


Stanco is a readjustment counselor and military sexual trauma counselor at the Montgomery County Vet Center. She earned her undergraduate degree in 2002 from the Pennsylvania State University and her master of science in community counseling from the University of Scranton. Stanco previously worked as a counselor for the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Dix, N.J., and has been a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard since 1997. She currently is chair of the Montgomery County Veteran’s Suicide Prevention Subcommittee and a member of the Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Taskforce.


The Soldiers Project was started in 2004 by psychiatrist Judith T. Broder, M.D., who believed that it was her professional obligation to help returning troops and their families to manage the myriad of war-related mental health issues. In conjunction with the Ernest S. Lawrence Trauma Center in Los Angeles, they jointly started a program to help veterans. The program provides free care for service men and women and their families. Now more than five years since its inception, The Soldiers Project in the Southern California area alone has more than 200 volunteer clinicians with over 400 in the entire country.


There is a $25.00 charge for those attending who are not members of The Soldiers Project PA, with or without CEUs. Registration is required and payment can be made at the door. Please email Sister Nancy DeCesare, Ph.D. at to register.