Special courses help you “crack the code” to helping our returning Veterans

After years of deployment, Service members develop close-knit bonds and become accustom to a culture all their own. Unfortunately, returning Service members may have difficulty trusting well-meaning outsiders who just don’t “get” them. As a behavioral health provider, you have to prove you understand them before they’ll let you help them.
That’s why we’d like you to sign up for one, or all, of our online courses on treating the invisible wounds of war. Each course is FREE, available online 24/7 and nationally accredited. Here is a brief overview of this important training. 

Course 1:                                                                                                 Credit Hours:  2.25
The Impact of Deployment and Combat Stress on Families and Children, Part I:
Understanding Military Families and the Deployment Cycle
This course provides a general background on the deployment cycle and how it can affect Service members and their Families. It gives valuable insights into the stressors that are commonly triggered by deployment and readjustment to civilian life. In addition, it touches on the effects of PTSD on Families and the issues they may deal with related to the injury or death of a Service member.

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Course 2:                                                                                                 Credit Hours:  1.75
The Impact of Deployment and Combat Stress on Families and Children, Part II:
Enhancing the Resilience of Military Families
There have been over 1.64 million deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. And the number of Families who have experienced one or more deployments is unprecedented in our country’s history. In fact, over 2 million children have experienced the deployment of a parent in support of these conflicts.
This course delivers helpful strategies for children, couples and Families to help them adapt to the stresses of deployment. It teaches specific skills and techniques that can give couples and Families the resiliency they need to cope with the pressures of deployment.

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Course 3:                                                                                                 Credit Hours:  1.25
Military Cultural Competence
Service members develop tight knit bonds and a unique culture all their own. Over time, this can make them mistrustful of outsiders who just don’t “get” them. And you can’t treat them effectively until they believe you understand them. This course gives you the knowledge you’ll need about military culture so that you can understand, communicate, and gain the trust of Service members and their Families. Having basic knowledge of the values, structure, policies, and expectations of the military strengthens the patient-provider relationship and develops skills that let you deliver more effective care. You’ll learn military rank structure, the branches of service along with their missions and core values, active versus reserve status components, demographic characteristics and general and deployment related terms. You’ll receive a blend of experiential exercises and self-study to give you the tools you need put this training into practice immediately.

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Course 4:                                                                                                 Credit Hours:  1.0
PTSD Then and Now, There and Here
This course shares the latest research on Veterans returning with PTSD. The course explains different traumatic events (both foreign and domestic) that can trigger this disorder. You’ll learn the different symptoms of PTSD and the many ways it can manifest itself in different Service members. The instructor also reviews the latest developments in treatment of PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.

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