When Johnny and Jane Come Marching home is a talk with author, professor and playwright, and about her advocacy project and book of having non veterans listen to veterans.
From her website:
"Traumatized veterans returning from our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are often diagnosed as suffering from a psychological disorder and prescribed a regimen of psychotherapy and psychiatric drugs. But why, asks psychologist Paula J. Caplan in this impassioned book, is it a mental illness to be devastated by war? What is a mentally healthy response to death, destruction, and moral horror? In When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home, Caplan argues that the standard treatment of therapy and drugs is often actually harmful. It adds to veterans' burdens by making them believe wrongly that they should have "gotten over it"; it isolates them behind the closed doors of the therapist's office; and it makes them rely on often harmful drugs. The numbers of traumatized veterans from past and present wars who continue to suffer demonstrate the ineffectiveness of this approach.
Sending anguished veterans off to talk to therapists, writes Caplan, conveys the message that the rest of us don't want to listen—or that we don't feel qualified to listen. As a result, the truth about war is kept under wraps. Most of us remain ignorant about what war is really like—and continue to allow our governments to go to war without much protest. Caplan proposes an alternative: that we welcome veterans back into our communities and listen to their stories, one-on-one. (She provides guidelines for conducting these conversations.) This would begin a long overdue national discussion about the realities of war, and it would start the healing process for our returning veterans."
Paula J. Caplan, a clinical and research psychologist, is an Affiliate at Harvard University’s DuBois Institute and a Fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program in Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She is the author of The Myth of Women’s Masochism, They Say You’re Crazy: How the World’s Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who’s Normal, and eight other books. Her articles, essays, and op-eds have appeared in both scholarly and popular publications.
From St. Paul's Cathedral's website:
Sunday at 9:00 a.m. in the Guild Room
November 10 - Veterans'Day Forum and Food Drive Collection with Friends of Military Outreach and Support (FOMOS) and Dr. Paula J. Caplan
Dr. Caplan, an Afilliate at Harvard University's DeBois Institute, is founder of the Welcome Johnny and Jane Home Project, which helps veterans heal and reduces the chasm betwen veterans and nonveterans through the powerful, human connection of listening. Compelling testmonials from veterans and listening volunteers can be found on the Project's web site, www.listen2veterans.org. Dr. Caplan is the author of When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans.
Food Drive - This day we will also collect dontions to benefit miliary families at Fisher House, which provides free loding for families of patients under care at Balboa Hospital. Please bring your non-perishable food to our courtyard table ater either service.
St. Pauls Cathedral is located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Nutmeg
2728 Sixth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103