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Understanding the Guard’s Duty Status

By Military, Veterans & Families, Professional Development

“Many events trigger responses across multiple jurisdictions and different levels of government. The National Guard is
exceptionally suited for its Homeland Defense role due to its geographically disperse forces with links to local
communities and ties to state and local governments. These relationships allow for rapid and integrated responses in
times of emergency. Because of its unique dual constitutional authority, the National Guard serves to bridge the “zone of
ambiguity” across State and Federal government boundaries.

The National Guard is the only United States military force that operates across both State and Federal responses,
leveraging State Active Duty (SAD), Full-Time National Guard Duty (Title 32) and Active Duty (Title 10). While SAD, Title
32 and Title 10 are different statuses and roles, they provide mutually supporting capability.”

View and download NGAUS Fact Sheet – Guard Status 9.27.18

VA Rocky Mountain MIRECC TBI Toolkit

By Military, Veterans & Families, Professional Development, TBI

Rockey Mountain MIRECC logo

About Rocky Mountain MIRECC

The mission of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC is to study suicide with the goal of reducing suicidal ideation and behaviors in the Veteran population. Towards this end, the work of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC is focused on promising clinical interventions, as well as the cognitive and neurobiological underpinnings of suicidal thoughts and behaviors that may lead to innovative prevention strategies.


Rocky Mountain MIRECC TBI Toolkit

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a significant public health concern. The VA Rocky Mountain MIRECC TBI toolkit provides necessary information to address the needs of individuals with a history of TBI and co-occurring mental health conditions. The toolkit specifically emphasizes TBI in justice-involved and Military/Veteran populations. This toolkit is designed to assist professionals in identifying TBI and associated co-occurring problems and to facilitate determining potential need for further evaluation and/or treatment/case planning modification. In addition, relevant information and resources for families/support systems are available.

TBI Toolkit

Clinical Military Counseling Skills, Online Self-Study

By Professional Development

Course Description

Qualified professionals are eminently needed to provide competent services to active duty service members, veterans, veterans with disabilities, and their families across the different military branches and in a variety of settings. The Clinical Military Counseling Skills course is based on the Clinical Military Counseling Certificate (CMCC) credential offered through the Telehealth Certificate Institute. Participants will increase their knowledge, awareness, and skills in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of military vs. civilian or community mental health and related services. Participants’ are offered comprehensive material related to the service member and veterans’ medical, psychosocial, behavioral, mental health, family life, vocational, and career transition needs. This course includes over an hour of recorded instruction and 174 slides of content. This course includes 1.5 contact hours at no cost.

Click Here to access the course. 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the unique attributes of military culture and explain how military mental health services are different from civilian mental health services.
  • Describe some unique differences in terms of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of active service members and veterans.
  • Discuss the medical and psychosocial aspects of treating military within the deployment cycle and family dynamics.
  • Identify the unique vocational rehab and career transition aspects of active duty service members transitioning to civilian life.
  • Explore the principles of military resiliency and coping resources that assist active service members and veterans to live optimally.


Mark A. Stebnicki, Ph.D., LPC, DCMHS, CRC, CCM, CMCC is a Give an Hour provider, and a Professor and Coordinator of the Military and Trauma Counseling (MTC) Certificate Program in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation at East Carolina University. In 2015, he developed one of the nation’s first military counseling certificates within a CACREP-accredited counselor education program. Dr. Stebnicki is an active teacher, researcher, and psychotherapy practitioner with over 30 years’ experience working with adolescents and adults that have had exposure to extraordinary stressful and traumatic events, grief, loss, chronic illness, and disability.  For over 30 years his work with both civilian and military trauma in the rehabilitation and mental health field are reflected in 8 professional texts, 28 journal articles, and over 100 presentations given regionally, statewide, and throughout the nation. He has served on many statewide and national professional counseling boards and organizations. Overall, these experiences have been cultivated and advanced in the Clinical Military Counseling Certificate (CMCC) program he developed in 2016.


National Council for Behavioral Health (Trauma Informed Care Webinars)

By Children and Youth, Professional Development, Suicide, Trauma, Trauma Informed Care
Trauma-Sensitive Schools
Karen Johnson
Cheryl Sharp

Helping Children Recover From Trauma
Bruce Perry

Does Your Organization Measure Up: Are You Really Trauma-informed?
Cheryl Sharp and Linda Ligenza, October 18, 2012

Mobilizing a Community to Address the Impact of Childhood Trauma
Teri Barila and Mark Brown, September 17, 2012

Trauma from Adverse Childhood Experiences: The Hidden Epidemic
Vincent Felitti, August 27, 2012

Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support
Cheryl Sharp, Cathy Cave, July 9, 2012

Stories from Survivors: A Primer on Suicide Prevention
David Covington, Cheryl Sharp, Kevin Hines, and Major General Mark Graham, September 12, 2012

Addressing Trauma through Mental Health First Aid
Cheryl Sharp, February 22, 2012

Mitigating Disaster Trauma: Lessons from Sandy
Linda Ligenza, Christian Burgess, Vicky Mieseler, November 14, 2012

Free Practice Listing Offer from HelpPRO

By Military, Veterans & Families, News, Other Behavioral Health, Other Mental Health Topics, Professional Development, Resources

Give an Hour (GAH) and HelpPRO, the original therapist finder, have had a productive partnership for more than ten years. As part of the partnership, HelpPRO offers a free Basic Listing, a $75 per year value, to every therapist who is an approved member of Give an Hour. We urge you to take advantage of this offer now by going to the GAH landing page to list your practice in HelpPRO.

This free offer is renewable annually for as long as you remain active in GAH. The only requirement is that you renew and update your listing at least one time each year. Also, for $75 per year (half off the regular price), you can upgrade to a Premium Listing whenever you want. The HelpPRO Premium Listing includes your photo, a personal practice statement and links to your account on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and professional video.

Advantages of a HelpPRO Listing:

  • Greater visibility to military and families looking for counseling
  • Greater visibility to all clients seeking therapists with your expertise and specialties
  • Referrals from HelpPRO staff and partner organizations such as the MS Society, Autism Society, and, if you work with suicidal clients, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Next month, HelpPRO will celebrate its 25th Anniversary. Currently, 1000 of your GAH colleagues are listed in HelpPRO providing services to military members and civilians all over the country. And, because they work with clients experiencing suicidal thoughts, 395 GAH providers are listed in the HelpPRO Suicide Prevention Therapist Finder – a valuable resource available at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.

If you have any questions, please email Lisa at HelpPRO or call the customer services line at 800-652-0155. Thank you.

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