UCLan to Host first International Veterans Conference in Europe

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By Joe Willetts – Online News Editor


This years Veterans Conference will be held for the first time outside of the United States and will be hosted by UCLan.

The event is to take place on the 2nd October at the Grange Hotel, in Cumbria.

In conjunction with the University of South Florida the event will present and collaborate new research into Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). It will change the way servicemen and women suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are treated.

PTSD is estimated to have affected 30% of all active US servicemen and is triggered by witnessing traumatic or distressing events.

The conference will comprise international experts in military and veterans’ research, education, health and social care.

Key speakers include UCLan’s own Interim Vice Chancellor Professor Mike Thomas and Colonel Alan Finnegan Professor of Nursing in the UK Armed Forces who said

“This conference has been held in the USA on the last four occasions, so it’s really exciting that we’re bringing it to not only the UK but to Europe for the first time.

In addition to sharing the latest research into, ART we will explore the possible challenges facing tomorrow’s veterans, and the support available.”

The talk specifically targets those involved in the aftercare for veterans, helping them to also recognise the challenges armed forces face during humanitarian operations such as those undertaken in Syria since 2013.

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