HST 015: Veterans and Higher Education with Timothy Wienecke

Summary:

Tim has spent the last two decades learning with and helping people navigate the hard times life throws at us. He has served as an advocate, representative, Airman, Sergeant, mentor, organizer, educator, and therapist. He uses his experience, passion, and education to empower people with the skills and knowledge needed to find the best way forward.

He owns a private clinical mental health counseling practice in Denver and Golden, Colorado. Prior to his clinical work, he facilitated the Peer Advisers for Veteran Education program at the University of Colorado at Denver. In two years, the program grew from two mentors helping roughly 50 students a semester to pairing every new veteran student with with a sponsor to help them transition into campus life. He also developed and provided staff training for the University on student veteran success and integration and integrated campus and community resources for student veterans and their families to ensure appropriate and needed support was leveraged. Before his career in mental health and education, he served as a Signals Analyst in the United States Air Force for five years.

IN THIS PARTICULAR EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN:

Tim’s military career and experience

The Air Force Bystander Program in response to Sexual Assault

Joining the military and transition out of the Air Force

How military service support his work in the mental health counseling field

Cultural Identity in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Veteran attitude towards mental health counseling

The difference between college before the military and after the military

The CU Denver PAVE Program

Peer Mentorship being one of the key components to academic success

The value of mentorship both in the military and out of the military

The distinction between advocacy, resourcing, and being a clinical mental health counselor

Challenges in transitioning out of the military into college

The challenge in deciding what a veteran wants to keep from their military career, and what type of civilian they want to be

Some veterans want to continue to fully identify as a veteran once they leave the military, and other veterans want to distance themselves from the military as much as possible

The visible shift between when a veteran has made the transition between service member and civilian

Staying immersed in a veteran community if it’s part of your chosen post-military career as opposed to a different career field

Non-veteran mental health professionals serving veterans. Find a clinician that does what you need help in

Overcoming the “need” to “only” see a mental health professional who is a veteran

Protective factors against Veteran Suicide: Family, Peer Support, Mental Health Professionals

Therapy for therapists and doing our own work

Shame as one of the most significant barriers to getting help

LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Tim’s Guest Posts on the Head Space and Timing Blog:

The Veteran Scholar: 5 Things to Look At When Choosing a College

The Veteran Scholar: 5 Things That Will Make Your First Year of College Better.

The Veteran Scholar: Five things to do during your last year of college

Empowered Change Counseling and Education 

Timothy Wienecke on LinkedIn

Email: timothywienecke@empoweredchangeCE.com

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