Center for Nonviolence Co-Sponsors Film Screening and Discussion Around 'Welcome Johnny and Jane Home Project'

Ashland Center for Nonviolence and Mental Health and Recovery Board Sponsor Film Screening and Discussion Around ‘Welcome Johnny and Jane Home Project’
Dr. Paula Caplan

9/23/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University and the Ashland County Mental Health and Recovery Board are co-sponsoring a film screening and discussion of the film “Is Anybody Listening?”

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Sept. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium on the Ashland University campus.

Filmmaker Dr. Paula Caplan will be on-site to facilitate a discussion on her “Welcome Johnny and Jane Home project,” which helps to welcome veterans back into our communities by listening to their stories one-on-one.

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 Caplan, is it a mental illness to be devastated by war? Caplan proposes an alternative: that society should welcome veterans back into communities and listen to their stories, one-on-one.

Caplan will provide guidelines for conducting these conversations, which would begin a long overdue national discussion about the realities of war, and it would start the healing process for our returning veterans. Veterans are being recruited to participate in this project.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###