PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Col. Dave Grossman to Speak in Santa Barbara

Internationally Recognized Expert on Violence
and Aggression to Speak in Santa Barbara
New Beginnings Counseling Center Welcomes Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – Local nonprofit New Beginnings Counseling Center’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program is hosting Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, M. Ed., U.S. Army (Ret.) in a full-day community seminar entitled “Psychological Resiliency: The Bulletproof Mind”. The event will be held on August 21st at the Santa Barbara Public Library Faulkner Gallery from 9am-4:30pm.

A former Army Ranger and Paratrooper, Col. Grossman, is the author of Pulitzer Prize-nominated On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society. He is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime. Grossman has served as an expert witness and consultant in state and federal courts including U.S. vs. Timothy McVeigh, and has testified before the U.S. Senate and Congress. He helped trained mental health professionals after the Jonesboro School Shootings, and was also involved in counseling, training, or court cases in the aftermath of the school shootings at Paducah, Springfield, Littleton, Nickel Mines Amish School, and Virginia Tech. Col. Grossman’s seminar will address the key factors in recovering from hardship, threat, combat, and community trauma, how our body responds to survival situations, and how to avoid pathologizing normal human responses to trauma.

“New Beginnings is very excited about hosting Col. Grossman in our community. We work with many families and individuals who have experienced trauma and tragedy and we appreciate this opportunity to expand our understanding of these issues and therefore our ability to provide the best possible services to our clients. Through our professional development offerings we hope to strengthen our community’s capacity to address the complex mental health issues we all face, share the field’s latest information and advancements, promote best practices, and advocate for policies grounded in research, innovation and collaboration.” The seminar will include a discussion of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the physiology and psychology of a conflict situation, and the understanding and application of treatment approaches.

The seminar will be held on Thursday, August 21st from 9am – 4:30pm at the Santa Barbara Public Library’s Faulkner Gallery, 40 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. General admission is $89. To register or for more information visit or call 805-963-7777 x176.

New Beginnings Counseling Center’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program provides short-term case management and financial assistance to county-wide veterans and their families who are homeless or at-risk of losing their housing. The program is a part of a federal initiative to end veteran homelessness by 2015. New Beginnings Counseling Center, located at 324 East Carrillo Street, Suite C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, (805) 963-7777, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information or to make a donation, visit

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