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Dr. John P. Oliver

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Chief, Chaplain Service

Local Address: Durham, North Carolina, United States
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, Nw
Washington Dc , District of Columbia 20420
United States

Company Description: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was established on March 15, 1989, succeeding the Veterans Administration. It is responsible for providing federal benefits...   more

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Lowell Lindsay, John Oliver, ..., 15 July 2013 [cached]
Lowell Lindsay, John Oliver, the late John Wise and Donald Ziraldo will be formally inducted at a ceremony on Sunday, Nov 3, 2013 at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.
John Oliver has been a passionate advocate of Canadian agriculture during his successful career as an agribusiness executive. His visionary leadership, commitment to industry associations and willingness to mentor others has been instrumental in helping Canadian agriculture address future challenges, and his work continues today. John Oliver lives in Oshawa, Ontario and was nominated by Dow AgroSciences. The late John Wise was a long-standing public servant, starting out in municipal politics and earning his way to serve two terms as Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food from 1979 to 1988. Among his many contributions to Canadian agriculture, it was during Mr. Wise's leadership that agricultural research stations and laboratories were established across Canada.
Canada's Minister of Natural ..., 14 Feb 2013 [cached]
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, John Oliver, dismissed Obama's speech, stating that the speech contained a little bit for everybody, including environmentalists. He said he felt no different than he did before the speech. While Oliver dismissed the ambassador's comments, Canada's Environment Minister Peter Kent has suggested in the past that the government may be open to a cap and trade system.
Officers and Board, 24 May 2010 [cached]
Chaplain John P. Oliver Chief Chaplain/CPE Supervisor VA Medical Center 508 Fulton St. Durham, NC 27705 E-Mail:
Catholic New World - Helping veterans when they return home from war, 6 Nov 2011 [cached]
They can even wonder if they will go to heaven or hell because they've killed someone, according to John Oliver, chief of Chaplain Service at the VA Medical Center in Durham, N.C., who presented at Hines' daylong seminar.
Forty-four percent of veterans return to ..., 12 Mar 2012 [cached]
Forty-four percent of veterans return to rural areas, often far from VA services, according John Oliver, chief of chaplain services at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Durham.
"We have research that shows that people are four or five times more likely to go to their pastors than to go to all other mental health providers, combined, when they have a problem," said the Durham VA's John Oliver.
"It's easy to get in, easy to talk to somebody, they don't have trouble with the parking lot, you don't have to pay… access is a big issue," Oliver said.
VA Chaplain John Oliver makes a point at a training for rural pastors sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs, last week.
VA Chaplain John Oliver makes a point at a training for rural pastors sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs, last week.
Oliver also said pastors often know the veterans in their communities and they know their families.
"Especially for African Americans. They're much more likely to go to their pastor than a mental health provider and it's even higher still for Asian Americans," Oliver said. "There's a cultural awareness that the pastor understands my culture and my situation, better than someone on the outside would."
Female relatives are another reason veterans end up in the parsonage, rather than a doctor's office.
"Their mother said, 'go see the pastor' and their grandmother said, 'go see the pastor' or their wife told them. Oliver said.
But the problem, Oliver said, is that many pastors are more highly trained in scripture and theology, but have only rudimentary training in counseling. His goal is to train the pastors to refer people who are experiencing continuing distress to VA facilities for further help.
"They're always the pastor, they're not the psychologist," Oliver said.
Oliver uses the training to give pastors without military experience an idea of what it's like to come back after having experienced trauma. In one exercise, he stands pastors in circles, and has them hand around a ball of yarn after talking about something that helps them cope with stress. Before long the pastors weave a taut web.
Oliver asks each group what happens if they can no longer do the thing that helps them to cope, whether it be pray, walk in the woods, or talk to their best friend who may have been killed by an explosion. Then he cuts the web apart.
"This is what happens when someone experiences trauma," Oliver said.
"The best predictor of someone doing well after coming home is having a solid community behind them," Oliver said.
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