July 23, 2013
Dear editors, colleagues, friends, therapists clinicians and veterans,
on Sunday, July 28, at 18:00 The Clearing Barrel G.I. Coffeehouse and the Military Counseling Network e.V. would like to offer an extraordinary opportunity to the German-American community in Kaiserslautern.
Renowned documentary filmmaker and clinical psychologist Jan Haaken will be traveling to Kaiserslautern to show and discuss her latest project,
Mindzone: Therapists Behind the Front Lines.
This film explores the conflicts experienced by the mental health workers of the 113th Army Combat Stress Control detachment at the front lines in Afghanistan who must try to both treat soldiers with combat related mental health problems and yet send them back into the same stressful situations.
The documentary moves between the battle zone and the home front as therapists working at the Veterans Administration reflect back on what could have been done to prevent combat stress conditions in theater. MIND ZONE offers a rarely seen glimpse of heated debate within the field of psychology over diagnosis and treatment of combat conditions, and the limits of categories such as post-traumatic stress disorder in capturing the psychological impact of warfare.
Dr. Haaken’s personal interviews and research bring to light many of the hidden casualties and wounds of modern warfare. In a time when suicidality and long-term mental illness is epidemic among veterans, this is a subject which deserves serious public attention and a thorough public dialogue. To learn more about the project and to see the trailer please visit: www.mindzonemovie.com.
After the screening at the UNION STUDIO für Filmkunst, Kerststr. 24, 67655 Kaiserslautern ,
we like to invite you to a discussion with director Janice Haaken.
At the moment we are looking for groups and individuals who would be willing to become sponsors of this event scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 28, at 18:00. Of course financial sponsorship is important. We will need to raise at least $1,000 to make this event happen. This will help cover Dr. Haaken’s travel and accommodations. We are also looking for sponsors who will be willing to publicize and promote this event within their organizations and circle of contacts. You can do this by hanging this flyer in your clinic/ practice/ office for all interested parties to see.
To register your interest or ask any questions please call me at: 0151 56727550;
or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meike Capps-Schubert, Chair Military Counseling Network e.V.