New York Times
bestselling author Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván comes to Parkland College Nov. 15 to discuss Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and finding help through the effects of trauma.
A former U.S. Army captain and Iraq war veteran, Capt. Montalván is the award-winning author of Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him
. The story recounts his return to the U.S. with severe PTSD and how he readjusted his life with help from a golden retriever named Tuesday.
His keynote talk will be part of a featured program, "Recovery through Understanding," which will take place Friday, Nov. 15 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Parkland Theatre. A book signing by Capt. Montalván follows his lecture, from 4:50 to 5:50 p.m. in the college center.
The public is invited to attend this event; registration is required, however, as space is limited.
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Although it is generally associated with military soldiers and veterans, PTSD can affect individuals having experienced other types of trauma—natural disasters, domestic abuse, and rape to name only a few. Office of Disability Services Director Cathy Robinson said the event’s goal is to educate the community and to bring together organizations in the Champaign-Urbana area that offer support for veterans, abuse and trauma victims, and their families who may suffer the effects of PTSD.
"Hosting such a powerful and influential keynote speaker on this topic as Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván can have a hugely positive and united impact, showing our community that this is a topic we should all be discussing and on which we can all work together to make a positive change," Robinson said.
The Nov. 15 session will also include an overview of PTSD by Carle Clinic social worker Douglas Yore, BSN, RN, MSW, LCSW as well as a demonstration by Paws Giving Independence, a trainer/provider of service and companion dogs based in Peoria.
Program sponsors include Parkland’s Office of Disability Services, Club Access Student Organization, The Pavilion, NAMI, Champaign County Developmental Disabilities Board/Mental Health Board and Anti-Stigma Alliance, Community Elements, University of Illinois School of Social Work, University of Illinois Chez Family Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education, Community Elements, Biaggi’s, and Panera Bread.