Soldiers Project to Host Clinician Training at Chestnut Hill College

Friday, September 2, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College will host training for The Soldiers Project on “Post Deployment Support for Veterans and their Families Though the Work of Clinicians” on Monday, September 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Redmond Room, St. Joseph Hall.

Joseph O'Rourke, LCSW, BCD, certified trauma specialist and former chief of Behavioral Health at the Kirk United States Army Health Clinic at Aberdeen Proving Ground will present the training. The training will be open to social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors and those in the medical field. Continuing education credits will be issued to members of The Soldier’s Project only.

O’Rourke, a 1980 University of Pennsylvania graduate, has more than 30 years experience providing clinical services and supervision. He was awarded Diplomat status by both the National Association of Social Workers (DCSW, 1987), and the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (BCD, 1988). He has also been recognized as a Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS) by the International Association of Trauma Counselors/Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists since October 1995.

A native of Coatesville, Pa., O’Rourke retired last year as the Chief of Behavioral Health at the Kirk United States Army Health Clinic at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, ending 21 years of combined active duty and civilian service to the military community.

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 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 nearly 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.

To reserve a spot, please call 215.248.7028 before September 12 to register. For more information, please contact Sister Nancy DeCesare, IHM, Ph.D., associate professor of human services at decesaren@chc.edu.