Press Releases


March 31, 2009


Milwaukee, WI -- MPTV presents a Community Cinema Special COMING HOME: MILITARY FAMILIES COPE WITH CHANGE on Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m., at the Discovery World Innovation Theatre, 500 North Harbor Drive.

The half-hour, free, public screening will be followed by a discussion with panelists: Karen Berte, PhD (Milwaukee VA Trauma Recovery Services), Dale R. Christiansen MSW, LCSW (Zablocki VA Medical Center), and Elizabeth D. Axelrod, M.S. PhD and Bruce H. Axelrod, MD (Comprehensive Mental Health Services). Also contributing are Jane E. Bromley MSW, LCSW (Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom), James Scott, PhD (Veterans Affairs MATC), and Jessica Stice of (USO Wisconsin).

This half-hour production of Sesame Workshop is a serious look at the challenges facing many military families. It features Queen Latifah and John Mayer and Sesame Street's Elmo and Rosita. It focuses on stories from families dealing with visible and invisible injuries. Children play a central role in the family's adjustment process. It explores the heroic struggles families face on the path to finding a "new normal" after injury. It also encourages families and their communities to support each other during times of change. The audience is encouraged to offer their experiences and concerns and to seek information and insights from our panel and guests. Discussion is geared to those aged 13 and older.

MPTV Community Cinema is a monthly film screening series. For more information, contact Darlyne Haertlein, MPTV Community Relations at (414) 297-7518 or

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Editor's Note: Additional information on panelists follows.

Karen Berte, PhD--Dr. Berte is the Program Manager for Trauma Recovery Services at the Milwaukee VA and its related clinics. She is also an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Co-Director of the Psychiatry Resident Training Clinic for the treatment of post-traumatic stress.

Dale R. Christiansen MSW, LCSW-- is the Lead Social Worker Primary Care. He supervises a team of 14 Social Workers in the outpatient Primary Care clinics and emergency room of the Zablocki VA Medical Center and 4 VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Eastern Wisconsin. He also provides direct clinical Social Work services for Veterans and their families.

Elizabeth D. Axelrod, M.S. PhD--is a licensed psychologist and licensed for the private practice of school psychology. Her special areas of expertise are Psycho educational assessment, children with learning disabilities, parenting issues, and conjoint couples treatment. She is particularly interested in women's issues. In the Axelrod's private practice, Comprehensive Mental Health Services, S.C. Dr. Betsy Axelrod is the Clinic Director.

Bruce H. Axelrod, MD--received his medical degree in 1967 from the University of Rochester Medical School. He completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at Yale University and then served as Region 10 Director for the National Center for Family Planning Services for the Department of Health Education and Welfare. He then completed a fellowship in Child Mental Health at the University of Washington and remained on the faculty the following year with a joint appointment in Pediatrics and Psychiatry. In 1974, Dr. Axelrod attended the University of Michigan and completed a residency in Adult Adolescent and Child Psychiatry. He was recruited by the Medical College of Wisconsin to provide liaison psychiatry at Children's Hospital and subsequently ran an inpatient program for severely disturbed children. In 1980 he and his wife, Elizabeth established Comprehensive Mental Health Services, a multi specialty practice, providing care for adults, adolescents, children and families. He is one of approximately 200 physicians in this country who is board certified in three specialties; adult psychiatry, child psychiatry and pediatrics.

In addition to our panelists, we will have contributions from the following experts in our audience:

Jean E. Bromley MSW, LCSW--is the Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Program Manager for the Milwaukee VA and the lead OEF/OIF Program Manager for the VA facilities in Wisconsin and Chicago. Her role is to ensure that there are a full range of health care treatment and support services available for Veterans and Service Members returning home from combat operations in support of the current Global War on Terrorism.

James Scott, PhD--Student Service Specialist for Veterans Affairs at MATC and advisor to the MATC Veterans Club

Jessica Stice of USO Wisconsin--Jessica will be hosting a "Talk, Listen, Connect" event for military families and their young children at the War Memorial Center on April 4.