Student Veterans & Service Members:
University Counseling Center Core Competency Program (C4)

March 8, 2013

North Carolina A&T State University
Harrison Auditorium
1601 E. Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411
336-334-7727 (Counseling Services)


Please complete the registration process by March 1, 2013.

Workshop registration is from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM. The seminar will begin promptly at 8:30 AM and adjourn at Noon for lunch.  The program will resume at 1 p.m. and adjourn at 5 pm.   There will be a 15 minute mid-morning and mid-afternoon break.  The course evaluations will be collected at the end of the program and course completion certificates will be distributed. This program is targeted to counseling center psychologists and other clinical professionals, community mental health professionals, faculty, graduate students and trainees, student services staff and university administrators. The instructional level of the activity is intermediate.

Course Content/Description

This day-long program is presented by the Center for Deployment Psychology* as a service to civilian providers.  The program focuses on the needs of returning service members engaged in a university experience.  Information will be provided on basic demographics and the culture of service members and veterans on campus including campus specific stressors.  The Deployment Cycle and its impact, differentiating PTSD from Battlemind, suicide risks as well as reintegration challenges will be discussed.  Information about the etiology/assessment and treatment of PTSD and an overview of Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy will be provided.  Also, outreach strategies for various constituencies to assist returning service members will be explored and discussed.  There will be 390 minutes of instruction and approx. 90 minutes for lunch and breaks during the workshop schedule.

Learning Objectives

Participants completing this course will be able to:

  • Examine military, service member, and veteran psychology as an area of multicultural diversity in order to provide competent clinical care in a university counseling center.
  • Identify campus-specific stressors common to military-connected students.
  • Identify deployment cycle stressors focused primarily on campus concerns and the student population.


Dave Riggs, Ph.D.

David Riggs, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Center for Deployment Psychology is a clinical psychologist and Research Associate Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.   Dr. Riggs has served as the Executive Director of the CDP since its founding in 2006.  He received his B.A. (Psychology) from the University of Kansas and earned his Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1990).  He completed a clinical psychology internship at the Medical University of South Carolina (1989). Prior to taking the Director position at the CDP, Dr. Riggs held clinical research positions at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety and the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA Medical Center.  He has previously held academic appointments at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Tufts University, Boston University and the University of Pennsylvania.

As a clinical and research psychologist, much of Dr. Riggs’ work has focused on trauma, violence and anxiety with a particular interest in the impact of PTSD and other anxiety disorders on the families of those directly affected.  He has trained numerous student and mental health professionals from the United States and other countries in techniques for treating PTST, OCD and other anxiety disorders.  This included training professionals in ways to address the needs of the survivors of international terror, natural disasters, military trauma, and sexual and physical assault.  Dr. Riggs has published over 60 articles and book chapters and presented over 200 papers and workshops on topics including posttraumatic disorder, domestic violence, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and behavioral therapy.

Continuing Education

To obtain 6.5 hours of continuing education credit associated with this workshop, the participant will need to sign in, attend the course in its entirety, and complete a program evaluation form. At the end of the program, the participant will exchange the evaluation form for a statement of attendance and credit. No partial credit will be awarded.


Participants may park in the parking lot next to Harrison Auditorium and in Williams Cafeteria.  Additional parking is in the Obermeyer Parking Deck (corner of Obermeyer & Bluford Street). A shuttle bus will run every 15 minutes from the parking deck.


There is no charge for the workshop. The program includes workshop instruction, course materials, continuing education credits and lunch.


Contact the A&T Counseling Services by calling 336-334-7727

Continuing Education Sponsor Contact Information

UNCW Counseling Center
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5937
910-962-3746 (Phone); 910-962-7124 (Fax);

The UNCW Counseling Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Counseling Center CE Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ADA Accommodations

Attendees requiring accommodations must advise The North Carolina A&T State University Counseling Services at least 3 days in advance of the date of the workshop.

*The Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) is a non-profit tri-service center funded through a grant awarded by the Uniformed Services University of Health Services to train military and civilian behavioral health providers.  For more information, visit: