Soldiers Project Pennsylvania to Host Clinician Training to Discuss Spiritual Healing and Veterans

Release Date: Thursday, February 23, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College will host a training for The Soldiers Project on “Insights from the Field: Addressing the Spiritual Healing Needs of Veterans and their Loved Ones” on Thursday, February 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the East Parlor, St. Joseph Hall.  


Dr. Austin Joyce, D.Min., LMFT, chaplain of the Coatesville VA Medical Center, licensed marriage & family therapist and Siobhan McEnaney-Hayes, LMFT, licensed marriage and family therapist, both Soldiers Project PA team members, will present the training. The training is open to social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors and those in the medical field. Continuing education credits will only be issued to members of The Soldier’s Project.


The training will offer a candid presentation, followed by discussion to explore the need for spiritual healing of veterans and their families. The presentation will focus on the journey many veterans and their families take in the process of spiritual healing including the courageous, arduous, ongoing process of forgiveness of self, others and the United States government. The discussion will focus on how clinicians can be genuinely present to veterans and their loved ones as they strive to make meaning of their suffering in an effort to truly come "home."


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.


All members and guest who plan to attend a workshop will need to preregister to receive CEU certificates on the day of the training. There is a $25.00 charge for CEU’s for those attending who are not members of The Soldiers Project PA. Payment can be made at the door. Please email Sister Nancy DeCesare, IHM, PhD., associate professor of human services at to register. Registration is required at least two weeks in advance of the training.