CCC to host Mental Health Services and Services for Veterans

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3/29/19

Would you like to learn more about the Mental Health Services Programs and Services for Veterans? Clinton Community College is bringing a FREE Program to campus on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 from 11:20 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. The program will be held in CCC Room 139, 1000 Lincoln Blvd., Clinton, Iowa. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Come hear from experts about the many and varied services and programs provided to the veteran population, particularly, post-Vietnam through present day as described by four Human Services professionals. These individuals they have more than 100 years’ combined experience specialized in providing mental health services to veterans. Phillip Ross was a psychiatric nurse and Mental Health administrator. Terry Goodell was a therapist and team leader at the Veteran Center. Mike Kratz and Doug Weston-Kolarik were Psychiatric Social Workers within the VA system. Although these gentlemen were specialized in mental health, they were very were aware and knowledgeable of all the services available for our veterans. During the program, there will be a Question & Answer time.

  • Terrance “Terry” Goodell, LMHC, NCC is a therapist at Bridgeview Community Mental Health Center in Clinton, Iowa. Terry is a 1979 graduate of Clinton High School, and Mt. St Claire. He went to graduate school at the University of Iowa earning a Master's Degree in Counseling. He worked for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Readjustment Counseling Service (Vet Center Program) for 25 years as a therapist and Team Leader. He retired in 2017 returning to live in Clinton. Terry Is trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and grief work. He has extensive experience in rehabilitation counseling and PTSD. He specializes in the treatment of adults with anxiety, mood, and trauma-related disorders. Mr. Goodell served in the Army from 1983-1990.

  • Michael J. Kratz, LiSW was born and raised in Northern Wisconsin. He is married (43 years) and has a daughter, a son, and several grandchildren. He attended the University of Wisconsin at Superior earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1974. He then transferred to the University of Iowa School of Social Work obtaining his MSW in 1985. He initially worked for Findley Hospital from 1986--1989 as a medical social worker. He worked for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in the inpatient psychiatry ward from 1989-1995. He then accepted a position with the Department of Veterans Affairs at the VAMC in Iowa City from 1995-2014. Mr. Kratz worked in the Psychiatry Department at the VAMC as a psychiatric social worker on the inpatient and outpatient units and then was promoted to Team Leader and Manager of the Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) program, retiring in 2014. Mr. Kratz served in the US Air Force and is a pilot. He was a Missile Max Officer for Minuteman Missiles from 1977-1980. He was a Social Actions Officer from 1980 to 1983. Mr. Kratz now enjoys spending time with his wife and their grandchildren.

  • Phillip Ross is an Iowa native (Calhoun County). He served in the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade in Vietnam as a squad leader and later as a platoon sergeant. He was twice wounded, and received a commendation for valor in combat. He returned to Iowa as a student at the University of Iowa, graduating with a BSN in 1975.

    Mr. Ross began his service to veterans as psychiatric nurse at the V.A. Medical Center in Iowa City. He worked and trained in mental health therapies at Mayo Clinic affiliate medical centers in Rochester, Minnesota. He returned to the Iowa City V.A. Medical Center, and worked as psychiatric nurse and nurse manager. During this employment he began volunteering as a co-therapist for readjustment/therapy groups for Viet Nam Veterans. He then worked for 9 years as a readjustment counselor and coordinator for the Cedar Rapids Vet Center, and during that time frame, he had a two-year appointment as the Director (Team Leader) of the Quad Cities Vet Center. In addition to the duties of the Vet Center, Mr. Ross received 2 letters of recognition from a sheriff’s department and a police department, respectively, for successfully negotiating stand-off situations involving veterans. Mr. Ross returned to the Iowa City V.A. Medical Center as a clinical administrator for the Mental Health Service Line, and later became the medical center Inpatient Administrator.

    He then became the Chief Operating Officer of the Mental Health Service line for the Veterans Integrated Service Network , or VISN (number 14), and later as the Administrative Officer of the Mental Health Service Line for VISN 23 (a five state, 8 medical center region with over 50 community clinics). In VISN-level positions, he promoted and facilitated many then-new clinical programs and approaches, to include: mental health intensive case management, video-telehealth care and treatment, suicide prevention, the medical monitoring of psychiatric medications, training for evidence-based psychotherapies, and patient and workplace safety.

    He retired from the V.A. in 2016, and now pursues community and personal pet projects, and provides data for a quality review of mental health clinical documentation for VISN 23 (part time and not for pay). He is also busy with family and family events – to include his 6 grandchildren, ages 2-18.

  • Doug Weston-Kolarik, LISW, PhD is currently an adjunct faculty member at Clinton Community College where he has taught for 10 years. He was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was drafted into the US Army in 1965 and is a Viet Nam Veteran. He was discharged in 1968. He then attended Kirkwood Community College transferring to the University of Iowa where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1972. He went on to earn his Masters Degree in Social Work in 1985 and eventually earned his PhD in Human Services Administration in 2000. Mr. Weston-Kolarik has been a social worker for 45 years. He worked at the Johnson County Department of Human Services, the VA Vet Center program, Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids and Grant Wood AEA. He accepted a position at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City in 1994 as a psychiatric social worker for the inpatient and outpatient units specializing in PTSD, Grief and Loss, and POW-MIA issues. He retired from the VA in 2008. Mr. Weston-Kolarik has also taught for 34 years as an adjunct faculty member at Kirkwood Community College, Coe College, the University of Iowa, and currently at CCC. Mr. Weston-Kolarik is married and has one daughter and a grandson.



For more information, contact Mardell Mommsen Flippen at 563-244-7006 or mmommsen@eicc.edu.