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Struggling with Invisible Wounds: A Veteran’s Journey to Regaining Mental Health

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The Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at WKU is pleased to host Veteran's Journey to Regaining Mental Health workshop.

As professionals and providers, it’s easy to get into routines, customary practice guidelines and well-organized treatment regimes. It can be very challenging and frightening to step outside of your comfort zone and push the boundaries. Yet, every single patient and situation is different. Each person is unique, has a different story, and is looking to you for help.

Join us to explore one veteran’s struggle to assimilate back into society after a mental break during her deployment to Afghanistan. After a decade long journey with medical and mental health professionals, Carolyn was able to finally discover the triggers and treatment to manage her recurring symptoms. Her providers had to look beyond our DSM and explore the symptoms and treatments identified outside the U.S. to help her regain her freedom from this debilitating mental illness.

The impacts of trauma can be far reaching–from mental, emotional, and physical impacts to relationship and work problems. This workshop will highlight the importance of exploring beyond our borders to help clients with undiagnosed and/or challenging issues.

Carolyn’s story is one that shows how determination and perseverance can help clients not only survive but thrive.

  • Approved for NBCC Credit Hours: 1  (ACEP # 4282)

  • Approved by Kentucky Board of Social Work for 1.0 credit hour of continuing education.(KBSWSP 2017036: Veteran's Journey to Regaining Mental Health)

  • $20: Students  (No CEUs Issued)
  • $40: Alumni, Site Supervisors, Faculty 
  • $60: Mental Health and Other Professionals
Locked In Book

Carolyn Furdek

Carolyn Furdek, DPT


Carolyn Furdek, DPT, is the author of Locked-In: A Soldier & Civilian’s Struggle with Invisible Wounds. She is a West Point graduate, former Army Captain, combat heavy engineer with multiple deployments abroad. She is a Bellarmine Alumni that practices as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Carolyn is a mental health advocate both for veterans and civilians in Louisville and seeks to help people who struggle and care for those with invisible wounds. She donates a percentage of the book proceeds.

Cheryl Wolf, PhD, NCC, LPCA, GCDF, PHR, CCHt, is an assistant professor at WKU where she teaches graduate-level counseling courses and serves as the clinical coordinator for student internship placements. She has conducted over 35 professional conference presentations and served five years of her clinical experience in a crisis center supervising counselors, working with clients in crisis or at risk of suicide, and counseling families who suffered losses of their loved ones due to accident or suicide. She is also an Annapolis graduate, former Navy Lieutenant, and surface warfare officer with deployments abroad.

  1. Identify at least three common misconceptions of soldiers/veterans who seek help for mental health

  2. Discuss common practices in your own profession that could be limiting the services that you provide to the patient you are treating/helping

  3. Understand the signs and symptoms of Cycloid Psychosis and the advantages of such a diagnosis and treatment

  4. Propose ways you or your practice/organization could safely step outside of the box, push the boundaries and champion the next patient that walks into your office

Friday, April 27, 2018

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Gary Ransdell Hall

Room 2010


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