MAJ Edward T. Schlesser

Behavioral Health Officer PAARNG

Lebanon Campus Harrisburg Area Community College

Mr. Edward Schlesser began his career as a social worker in 1987 at the Wilkes Barre VA Medical Center working on the medical/surgical unit and in the Nursing Home Care unit. He then transferred to the Lebanon VA Medical Center in 1989 where he is employed at the present time. While at the VA Medical Center in Lebanon he has been a social worker on the inpatient psychiatric unit and on the Substance Abuse treatment unit. In 1998 Mr. Schlesser was hired as a Staff development Specialist. He then assumed full-time duties as an instructor in psycho-social issues, stress management, total quality improvement, customer service and clinical interventions. Mr. Schlesser is certified by the Franklin Covey Institute to instruct the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People course.

He was also the lead instructor for the Disruptive Behavior Course at the Lebanon VA Medical Center which focused on effective techniques to deal with patients who would be at risk of harming themselves or others. In April of 2002, Mr. Schlesser served as the Rehabilitation Services Coordinator for the Psychiatric department at the Lebanon VA Medical Center having administrative responsibility for the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit, Vocational Rehabilitation and the Homeless Program. At present he is a Training Specialist for the Human Resources Department at the Lebanon VA providing instruction to hospital staff on clinical issues, leadership and customer service.

Mr. Schlesser is a commissioned officer in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard where he served in the Division Mental Health Section for 9 years as a Mental Health Officer. He later became Chief of the Family Action Office which specializes in Family Assistance to those soldiers who were deployed to various locations around the world and provided classes to military families on the emotional cycle of deployment. Other duties included managing the National Guard Youth camp and providing therapeutic interventions for soldiers and families in need. He currently serves as the lead Behavioral Health Officer for the Medical Detachment in the PAARNG providing counseling, education and case management services to soldiers being deployed and those returning from overseas duty.

Mr. Schlesser is currently a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Lebanon Campus Harrisburg Area Community College where he teaches courses in Sociology, Gerontology and Human Development. He has a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Marywood University.