Vets Journey Home

Vets Journey Home is a unique weekend program for veterans, designed to help heal the emotional wounds of military service. The program was created in 1989 as The Bamboo Bridge, co-founded by VietNam veteran Christan Kramer, and a Sergeant Major’s daughter, Patricia Clason. They were committed to giving VietNam veterans the Welcome Home they deserved and helping them heal their hearts and bring peace to their souls.

Combat veterans, peace-time veterans, in-country or mainland, any time or engagement. Any veteran, male or female, still feeling emotional pain connected to military service is welcomed to the Vets Journey Home.

Often when a vet comes home from war, people ask “how was it” when the vet begins to talk about the pain that sits on their hearts, it gets to be too much to share, So it gets stuffed down. This can lead to drinking, drugs, lack of intimacy.
Staffed by graduates of the program and civilians who are willing to listen to the stories and be present with them while they share the pain and the story. This listening allows the vet to experience unconditional regard and acceptance, making it safe to open up even the deepest story, knowing it will truly be heard and not judged.
It takes the large group of caring individuals to “hold” that deep pain – because of the group, healing can occur that often takes much longer in a one-on-one therapy relationship.

The result is a coming home to the heart, an emotional healing.
Many of the vets who attend VJH develop a deep bond with their fellow participants.



The Awakenings Project

The Awakenings Project is a grass-roots initiative whose mission is to assist artists with psychiatric illnesses in developing their craft and finding an outlet for their creative abilities through art in all forms. The Awakenings Project also works to raise public awareness and acceptance of the creative talents of people living with psychiatric disorders who work in the fields of fine art, music, literature, and drama.



Family Caregiver Alliance

Family Caregiver Alliance is a public voice for caregivers, illuminating the daily challenges they face, offering them the assistance they so desperately need and deserve, and championing their cause through many means.



Academy for the Study of the Psychoanalytic Arts

The Academy’s mission is to advance the study of psychoanalytic epistemology, theory, practice, ethics and education within a psychological framework consisting of philosophy, the arts and the anthropic sciences as opposed to biology, medicine and the natural sciences.

We propose to do this through:

1.  the re-thinking of psychoanalysis as a creative intellectual discipline dedicated to the understanding of the psyche;

2.  the re-thinking of psychoanalytic practice as consisting of a collaborative inquiry to further self-understanding rather than the “treatment” of disease, disorder or deficiency;

3.  the development of educational programs for the study of the many modern and postmodern versions and visions of psychoanalysis that proceed from contextual metaphors such as narrative story, semiotics  and psychic theatre;

4.  the articulation and advancement of an ethic and principles consistent with this psychological framework;

5.  the presentation of these ideas to the academic, professional and lay communities.



Our Sponsor

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology,  founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests, and who meet the minimum qualifications.



The Joy Project

“The Joy Project is a non-profit, grassroots organization based on the philosophy of using real-world, workable solutions to end the epidemic of eating disorders. We work towards reducing the rate and severity of eating disorders by supporting and conducting research, education, and support programs”.



Prevention Action



The Icarus Project