Counselor to help military families in Germany

January 19, 2009 by

KANSAS CITY — A Catholic sister with 25 years experience as a mental health counselor will head to Germany at the end of January to help families of American military personnel.

Loretta Jasper

Sister Loretta will be part of the Military and Family Life Consultant program, under a government contract with MHN Inc. Through the program, licensed clinical therapists assist military members and their families with difficulties they may face in the cycle of deployment, ranging from stress management and financial pressure to grief, post-traumatic stress disorder and other individual issues.

During the course of her career, Loretta has specialized in helping people deal with substance abuse and gambling addictions and has more recently focused on play therapy. She has just returned from the latest of three stints in Sri Lanka with Heart to Heart International, working with children in areas devastated by the 2004 tsunami.

She holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., and a post-graduate certificate in play therapy from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan. She worked in area agencies for the first 15 years of her career, and has been in private practice in the Kansas City area since 2001.

The 63-year-old Loretta was born in Cawker City, in rural north-central Kansas, and has been a Sister of St. Joseph for 45 years.

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