From the War Zone to the Home Front offers over 30 free on-line training courses presented by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD. It is meant for community primary care and mental health providers including physicians, psychologists, nurses, and clinical social workers. From the War Zone to the Home Front comprehensive content including veteran suicide, diagnosing and treating co-morbid PTSD and TBI, substance abuse, sleep problems, the culture of returned veterans, the new DSM-5 on PTSD, complicated grief in veterans and military families, and other challenges facing returning veterans and families today. Sessions are one-hour in length and may be viewed live or “on-demand.” Continuing education credits CMEs/CEUs provided at no cost. Click here to go to the Home Base Program page now.
What is Moral Injury?
1. National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder’s Research Quarterly publication on Moral Injury in Veterans of War.
2. Pulitzer prize-winning journalist David Wood’s three-part series on moral injury: http://projects.huffingtonpost.com/moral-injury
3. Soldiers of Conscience: a PBS documentary exploring the concept of moral injury. http://www.pbs.org/pov/soldiersofconscience/
The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research.
How can healthcare providers, counselors, social workers, and clergy help rural veterans who are in need of healthcare, behavioral health, or disability related services?
Healthcare providers and other professionals wanting to help rural veterans in need of healthcare and related services can encourage veterans to apply for veterans health benefits if they have not already done so. The Veterans Affairs Health Benefits website provides information about health benefits, eligibility requirements, and the forms for enrolling in VA healthcare.
Healthcare providers can form a partnership with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and provide services to rural veterans as a non-VA facility if their facility meets the requirements of the Veterans Choice Program. The FAQ What opportunities are there for rural healthcare facilities to collaborate with the VA? provides more specific information on this topic.
VHA TRAIN is a gateway into the TRAIN Learning Network, the most comprehensive catalog of public health training opportunities. TRAIN is a free service for learners from the Public Health Foundation. VHA TRAIN is supported by the Veterans Health Administration Employee Education System, an internal education and training program office in the Department of Veterans Affairs. The EES-developed learning programs found in the VHA support the professional development needs of public health and health care providers, with a focus on Veteran patient care.
The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. Together with our 3,326 member organizations serving over 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 2 million Americans have been trained.
Provider Training (Military):
Increasingly, civilian practitioners are treating returning veterans and their families. Unfortunately, few clinicians understand the military – a culture of its own—and do not understand how to provide culturally sensitive and clinically competent services to veterans and their families.
That’s why the National Council for Behavioral Health partners with the U.S. Department of Defense Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) and Relias to offer the Serving Our Veterans: Behavioral Health Certificate.
The National Council Consulting Team is committed to supporting excellence across the field. As your partner in change, browse available services to see how they can help you move forward today and position yourself for a better, stronger and more effective tomorrow.
Story Corps is committed to recording an oral history in America. They recently launched their Military Voices Initiative, which focuses exclusively on military conversations. Listen to short audio clips of stories told by military members, veterans and families describing their experiences since the wars began in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Military Families Resource Center, created by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, provides information about various military family topics that impact mental health, including helpful guidelines for deployment and reintegration.
Facts for Families: Families in the Military. This brief provides common reactions children have when a parent deploys and suggestions for coping with the transition.
Facts for Families: Coming Home: Adjustment for Military Families. This brief takes into consideration each family member’s needs and feelings after the return of a service-member.
AAMFT is worked with Joining Forces under the Obama administration to increase the education and training of MFTs and other providers in PTSD and TBI. AAMFT has created the webpage found below to highlight all of the information, training, and resources available to providers who are working to meet the behavioral health needs to service members, veterans, and their families. MFTs are encouraged to review these resources and take advantage of training opportunities that are available.
The Battered Women’s Justice Military Advocacy Project provides specialized training, technical assistance and resources to improve outcomes for individual military-related sexual assault and domestic violence victims and their families. The BWJP has a collection of webinars on a wide-range of legal topics.
Books for Military Children maintains a list of books parents or therapists can buy to help support children whose parents are deployed.
The Healing Heroes Book: Braving the Changes When Someone You Love Is Wounded in Service by Ellen Sabin is a book to support children and families as they face the changes that arise when someone they love is wounded in military service. It combines educational narrative, conversation starters, activities, and journal-style pages to help children honor their military family, explore their feelings, confront their concerns, find ways to feel better when they are down, and learn healthy coping skills. The book also provides sensitive and valuable information about wounds (including post-traumatic stress, brain injury, burns and amputations), care, and recovery.
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