Menninger’s free Veterans Personal Development Series (VPDS) is based on "The Road Map to Peace of Mind," a personal leadership development course used by many Fortune 500 companies across the U.S.
"The Road Map to Peace of Mind" was developed by Michael Cofield, PhD, ABPP, and Mary Ann Zimmerman, MC, LPC, LISAC, who have helped the leaders of the VPDS adapt their program to meet the unique needs of veterans and their spouse or significant other.
The series is designed to help veterans of the military, reserves and National Guard transition to civilian life following military service.
The series offers tools and knowledge to help participants manage strong emotions, handle stress and communicate effectively. It empowers them to take the skills learned in the military and modify them for use in everyday civilian life. The information learned and the skills gained can be applied to the workplace, family life and academics.
Each series is open to a group of about a dozen veterans and their spouses or significant others and is led by trained facilitators. The group meets once a week for two hours during a three-week timeframe. Light dinners are included with each week's class.
The VPDS is presented by The Menninger Clinic, with support from Mental Health America of Greater Houston, Lone Star Veterans Association, Worklife Institute, Texas Alliance of Military Women and the University of St. Thomas.