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Learning as Healing and Transformation: The role of academic engagement in the humanities reshaping identity and resolving moral injuries through personal growth

It is generally accepted that military and veteran students respond better to “adult learning” or andragogical learning environments. Lesser known are the potential therapeutic and transformative benefits of engaging in studies that include personal reflection, enlarge possibilities for communication and personal expression, and offer “safe space” for dealing with the moral complexity of difficult lived experiences.  We present examples of programs for military-connected students that strengthen this type of transformative learning space, and discuss benefits.


Barton D. Buechner, PhD, Adler University
David Chrisinger, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
Anthony Torres, Combat Hippies