2017 UC Student Veterans Writing Workshop Instructors:

Susan Derwin is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at UCSB and Director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC). Her teaching and research concentrate on the relationship between testimonial narrative and healing. Since 2011 she has facilitated a university writing workshop for student veterans and military dependents. She has spoken nationally and internationally about the benefits of narrative-making for the social reintegration of returning soldiers. She helped create a UCSB student veterans writing column in a local journal run by UCSB undergraduates, and she is the editor of Instant Separation, a digital journal of military experience from the University of California.

Thomas P. Helscher, Ph.D., FIPA, received his Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Virginia.  He taught writing in the English Department at the University of Virginia and subsequently completed psychoanalytic training at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS), where he received at Psy.D. in Psychoanalysis.  He has served as President of LAISPS and currently as a Training and Supervising Analyst.  For the last four years, he has served on the Steering Committee of the Soldiers Project, a national organization providing free and unlimited confidential psychotherapy to returning veterans, where he has worked in individual therapy with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and has offered training seminars for volunteer therapists on the concept of “moral injury.”

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