The Journey Home from War

The Journey Home from War is a two-day STAR workshop for friends, families, congregations and communities of veterans and those who minister to them as they return to civilian life.

Veterans come home from war with visible and invisible wounds. Rates of divorce, family conflict, mental health conditions, and suicide often increase. An army-funded study found reports of “severe aggression” against spouses ran more than three times higher for army families than among civilian families.

What do veterans need as they reintegrate into their families and communities? How can the inherent strength and resilience of veterans and their families be enhanced? What can individuals and communities of faith do to support military families as they receive their loved ones home?

This workshop will build on the basic concepts of STAR* and apply it to the experience of military families:

  • the effects of trauma on the body, mind, and spirit
  • common responses to unhealed trauma
  • recognizing the symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury; and
  • new skills and strategies to chart a healing journey

In addition, participants will learn about the process of coming home:

  • stages veterans move through as they prepare for deployment and as they return;
  • battlemind: unlearning some aspects of basic training in order to re-acclimate to life with their families
  • the spiritual impact of war
  • creating a specific plan to support veterans and military families

About the facilitator

The Rev. Dr. Beverly Prestwood-Taylor of the Brookfield Institute, in Massachusetts has been working with returning veterans and with the congregations who serve them since 2007. She has assisted in the development of outreach to veterans, such as a military family support group, yoga for veterans, and retreats for returning veterans.

*It is highly recommended, but not required, that applicants take the STAR training before attending this event. If you have not taken STAR, we recommend reading “The Little Book of Trauma Healing” by Carolyn Yoder before the seminar.