Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Human Development & Family Science

First Advisor

Christi Cervantes


The focal topic of this capstone project is the emotional well-being and improvement of formerly incarcerated veterans who were transitioning out of the California prison system. The median age of formerly incarcerated age in Washington state in 2018 was 48.3 years old (Drapela, 2018). A focus on emotional well-being for this demographic is needed due to the individuals being at a higher risk of suicide, homelessness, and mental illness (Spence, Crawford, & LePage, 2020). Previously incarcerated veterans often face mental illness from experiences of high stress and traumatic situations within prison, the military, and events from their childhood. To attempt to improve the mental health of the formerly incarcerated veterans, three areas were addressed within a workshop around post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recovery strategies.