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LMU Extension invites you to its biannual Veterans and Service Providers WorkshopWomen Veterans: Impact and Empowerment, facilitated by Instructor Mark Mitchell.

For over 200 years women have served in the U.S. Military. Yet, only recently their contribution and role importance have been acknowledged. Comprising 10% of the veteran population, these “invisible veterans” share conditions experienced by males such as hypertension, PTSD, depression and homelessness. In addition to the shared conditions, women have faced additional unique problems – such as 1 in 5 women veterans indicate a “yes” when surveyed about military sexual assault.

Now is the time for visibility! This workshop is important for both women and men. Obtain:

  • Tools, connections and opportunities to those who wish to serve the women veteran population more effectivity
  • Research based information on what is working with women veterans
  • Personal stories of triumph to inspire and strengthen resolve
  • How to work with the women veterans
  • Current research on what works regarding mental health counseling
  • Update info on women veteran’s wellness programs
  • Efforts being made regarding homelessness with women
  • Using spirituality as a tool for coping


  • Tess Banko, MPA, MSW, Marine Corps Veteran, former military spouse, social worker, Executive Director of the UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellness Center (VFWC).
  • Taryn Pickett, LMFT, launched the female veteran support groups at the North Orange County Vet Center and at CSU Fullerton. She is a specialist in trauma, addiction, and EMDR.
  • April Delgadillo-Jolley, LMFT, Army veteran, MST Coordinator and Readjustment Counselor for North Orange County Vet Center, where she uses EMDR, CPT, and Meditation based interventions to help women veterans and dual trauma couples.
  • Syd Mendez, MA, AMFT, veteran and Resilience Trainer for the Women’s Veterans Programming for the UCLA/VA Veterans and Family Wellness Program. She has done prior clinical and research at Syracuse and Pepperdine Universities.
  • Kristine Stanley, MS, MBV, Air Force Veteran of 24 years, has an MS in Counseling, is the Director of the women’s outreach program for the National Veterans Foundation and the chair of the LA County Veterans Advisory Committee.
  • Brenda Threatt, MDiv, Chaplain, Commission Officer in the CA State Military Reserve, Executive Director of USVETS Long Beach, responsible for housing, case management, and emergency housing for over 800 veterans daily.
  • Natalie Ferbezar, MSW, Navy veteran, yoga instructor for veteran and active duty troops in Africa. She has also worked with OIF & OEF veterans in Japan and Virginia. She has a particular interest in wellness, yoga, and veterans.

Please contact LMU Extension at 310-338-1971 or email acc@lmu.edu.

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