“One of TC’s Most Important Moments”: Launching the new Resilience Center for Veterans & Families

Teachers College celebrated the official launch of its new Resilience Center for Veterans & Families this week in what TC President Susan Fuhrman called “one of the most important moments in the history of the College.” Held in the legendary Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel, the event was attended by top military leaders, private and corporate funders, veterans, and leaders in academic research and psychological treatment.

Funded through a generous gift by David and Maureen O’Connor, the Resilience Center is directed by George Bonanno, TC Professor of Clinical Psychology. The Center will pair groundbreaking research on human emotional resilience with clinical training of students to assist veterans and their families as they transition back to civilian life. The training will take place through TC’s nationally regarded Dean Hope Center for Educational & Psychological Services, directed by Dinelia Rosa, and will serve as a magnet for other TC faculty members who work with veterans.

“What we are trying to do with this center is completely new – it’s innovative and unique among pretty much all approaches geared toward veterans,” said Bonanno, one of the world’s leading authorities on human resilience to loss and trauma. “So much of the mental health focus on veterans is typically viewed through one lens, and one lens only – post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The dominant thinking is: first identify PTSD, and then treat PTSD.”

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