Education center hosts COS seminar

21 Sep 2007 | Lance Cpl. Christopher O’Quin,

The Education Center located inside The Hub here, recently began offering combat operational stress classes the second Wednesday of every month.

The class, open to service members, Department of Defense civilians and their families, offers information about the causes, symptoms and treatment of combat operational stress.

“Combat operational stress is a normal person’s reaction to an abnormal situation,” said Dr. Chris Coulapides, a marriage and family therapist with the counseling center here.

“It happens when people are taken from a place of high stress and danger; then moved into less stressful environment,” continued Coulapides.

When service members leave a combat zone and come back to the states, it can be hard to make the adjustment, according to Coulapides.

“Coming home and being with family can be stressful,” said Sgt. Maj. Mark Kellison, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron here.

“I always tell my Marines to take time for themselves and take a break,” added Kellison.

In addition to the combat operational stress seminar, the counseling center offers general stress management and anger management courses, couples communication workshops, and parenting skills classes.

For more information about the combat operational stress seminar and other classes offered by the counseling center, contact the counseling center at 858-577-6585.

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