Veteran and Family Healing: We're All in This Together

9:00 AM
3:00 PM
The University Center - KSU at Stark

Registration is closed!

This is a free event. Registration includes a morning beverages, refreshments and lunch.

There are 21.5 million veterans living in our communities and of that number, 1.6 million are women.  Military service and deployments have a direct impact on the families which is felt through the schools, businesses, and faith communities. 

While military service often provides a positive impact on individuals such as:  Pride in serving, acting from a sense of duty, the importance of teamwork, accepting responsibility, honor, and sacrifice.  There can be a negative outcome from military service which manifests as an increase in substance abuse, domestic violence, civil disobedience, unemployment, and divorce for many individuals and families.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the concept of moral injury, resulting from compromising one's moral beliefs and values, will be explored. Symptoms of both are manifest through the family of the veteran and the community's institutions; therefore it takes the family and the community to bring resolution and restoration of health. 

Educational Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. 1. Identify how PTSD and the effects of deployment impact the family and extended community.
  2. 2. Learn characteristics and consequences of Post-Traumatic Stress   Disorder (PTSD) and moral injury as it relates to military service.
  3. 3. List methods for coping and healing from moral injury and PTSD.
  4. 4. Describe the role community and family members have in recovery and adjustment.

Day 1*  - Friday, April 5, 2013 (CE approved activity)

The content of this day focuses on the specific and unique needs and adjustments of the veterans and families during active duty, deployment, return, and reunification. It will explore recovery through an Indigenous Healing model emphasizing the importance of community support. 
Registration for Day 1 includes morning beverages, refreshments and lunch.

Continuing Education * (Friday only)

The Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) is approved by the Ohio Psychological Association – MCE Program to offer continuing education for psychologists.  ODMH #311334820 maintains responsibility for this program.

ODMH Continuing Education Committee is an approved provider of Continuing Education for RNs and LPNs for the Ohio Board of Nursing and has awarded 5.0 CE contact hours per OBN003 92-1657CO.

ODMH has been approved as a provider of Continuing Professional Education credit by the Ohio Counselor, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapist Board.   5.0 CPEs have been awarded to Social Workers per RSX088902-1846CO and to Counselors per RCX068915-1830CO

ODMH is approved by OPA-MCE to offer continuing education for Psychologists. 5.0 MCEs are awarded per 311334820-1070CO.

ODMH has obtained approval through the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services for 5.0 RCH credits awarded to Chemical Dependency Counselors through the Ohio Board for Chemical Dependency Professionals per PID # 09-1113-64PVN-R

Day 2 - Saturday, April 6

This day provides an opportunity to personally share and experience the benefits of a Healing Circle.
Registration includes morning beverages and lunch.

Image of Tony Jan SeahornTony Seahorn: Following his tour of duty in Vietnam and subsequent physical therapy and recovery from combat wounds, Tony was informed by the Army that permanent nerve damage to his arm and shoulder would not allow him to pursue his dreams as a career aviator. After discharge from the service, Tony made a career in management with AT&T where he was able to finish his college education and went on to get an MBA. Recently retired, he and his wife Janet started their own Education Consulting and Outdoor Adventure business, Team Pursuits. Following encouragement from family & friends, his most honored medals from combat are now displayed in a shadow box in their home. Some of which include two (2) Bronze Stars for heroism, two (2) Purple Hearts, Air Medal for Valor in Flight, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross, and Presidential Unit Citation. When not traveling and writing, Tony spends much of his time training two overly enthusiastic black lab retrievers, Chase & Hunter Bailey. They love to bird hunt, fly fish, and help guide the raft down-river.


Janet Seahorn has been a teacher, administrator, and consultant for thirty years. She currently teaches classes on neuroscience and literacy as an adjunct professor for Regis University in Denver and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.  Jan has a Ph.D. in Human Development and Organizational Systems. Her background includes an in-depth understanding of human development and neuroscience research as well as effective practices in organizational systems and change.  She conducts workshops on the neuroscience of learning and memory, the effects of “at-risk” environments. She specializes in the topic of brain development and researched-based instructional practices on human behavior.

Jan has worked with many organizations in the business and educational communities in creating and sustaining healthy, dynamic environments.

She has recently completed two books: “When Crap Happens Grow Zucchini: A book on how to live with dying and appreciate the crap” and  “Foul Wisdom: Working and Living with Turkeys and Eagles: a book on change both personal and organizational”


Shianne Eagleheart  (Haudenosaunee-Seneca) is a Licensed Independent Counselor and Internationally Certified Clinical Supervisor, Native American Ceremonial Leader, Professional Trainer, Ordained Minister, and Executive Director and Founder of The Red Bird Center, Inc. The Red Bird Center for Healing in based in Indigenous Earth Medicine that honors all faiths and cultures. The Center is located in the forest in Southeastern Ohio. Shianne has been providing community training on this “Healing Center Model’ through out the United States and abroad since 1999. She is a published author for Children and Youth / Journal and the author of “The Wounded Bear”, which offers the blueprint for community healing .Shianne joined Dr. Schluep in the co-creation of WJHM and has been instrumental in the formation of healing practices for veterans and their families.


John M. Schluep, D.Min. is Senior Pastor at First Congregational Church of Tallmadge since 2000. Prior to his pastoral work, John was an U.S. Army officer. As a local pastor, John has worked with numerous area schools in times of crisis. He has worked as an Assistant Professor at Kent State University. He consulted with the PBS productions: “Adolescent Suicide: A Generation at Risk,” “The Family,” and “The Learning Years.” Dr. Schluep earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Ohio State University, a Masters of Divinity at The Methodist Theological School of Ohio, and a Doctor of Ministry from Boston University. He was ordained in The United Methodist Church in 1981, and was received as a Pastor in Full Connection in The United Church of Christ in 2004. Reverend Schluep is the author of Soul’s Cry a book about how Warriors Journey Home works.


Margaret DeLillo-Storey, Psy.D., PCC, is a counselor for Perry Local Schools in Stark County and on staff at Northeast Oho Behavioral Health. She was a member of the U.S. Army for over 20 years, and was Honorably Retired after working in Medical Logistics, Plans and Operations and Personnel Management. Her experiences within war zones have added to her understanding of the effects of trauma.