|Training and Resources|
Developed by Lisa Najavits, Ph.D., in 1992, Seeking Safety is a manualized treatment for clients with a history of trauma and substance abuse. Seeking Safety focuses on coping skills and psychoeducation and can be used for both genders, all races, and in a variety of settings. The overarching goal is safety and is an integrated treatment that focuses on PTSD and substance abuse simultaneously. The manual addresses 25 topic areas. For more information, visit: www.seekingsafety.org.
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) offers free training and resources on a variety of topics, including cognitive processing therapy. Developed by Patricia Resick, Ph.D., in 1991, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a manualized cognitive based therapy offered in 12 sessions. Clients complete worksheets and homework assignments to gain further understanding and insight about past traumatic events. In addition to the MUSC website, more detail about CPT can be found here.
To provide care that is tailored to servicemembers, veterans, and their families, civilian treatment providers need to be cognizant of military culture and other issues related to deployment and post-deployment reintegration. Free online courses are available through the following websites:
The Council of State Governments Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government. Staff provides practical, nonpartisan advice and evidence-based, consensus-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities. The Center offers a wealth of resources; examples include the following publications:
During March, in recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month, Health Net Federal Services, LLC (Health Net) is taking steps to increase awareness about traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and highlighting the reduction of stigma for those who seek care.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings. This program is very active throughout the U.S. and especially in North Carolina, with seven programs, including programs at three VA Medical Centers and two VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics.
A Consensus Report of the CMHS National GAINS Center Forum on Combat Veterans, Trauma, and the Justice System
The SAMHSA National Gains Center
Individuals holding the CRPS-V credential are veterans who are competent and certified to provide recovery support to other veterans facing mental
illness, substance abuse, or trauma issues. Click here for details.
You may apply for this credential in one of two ways:
Option 1: Download the Application Portfolio from the link below (free download). The application includes credential standards, instructions, and mandatory forms.
There is a $100 certification processing fee that must accompany your application. Application fees are non-refundable.
The FCB also offers three levels of Recovery Peer Certification:
The Certified Recovery Peer Specialist – A (CRPS-A) provides peer mentoring and support to individuals who are consumers of mental health service systems and achieves resiliency and recovery as defined by the individual consumer. The CRPS-A must be a true peer; this means that the peer specialist is also a consumer of public or private mental health services.
The Certified Recovery Peer Specialist – Family (CRPS-F) credential provides peer mentoring and support to families that include at least one child diagnosed with a mental illness before his or her 24th birthday. The CRPS-F must be a true peer; this means that the peer specialist must be a first-degree relative or primary caregiver of a child diagnosed with a mental illness.
The Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) credential is for those persons who possess competency in both family and adult peer mentoring. The CRPS must be a true peer; this means that the peer specialist must be a consumer of private or public mental health services AND is a first-degree relative or primary caregiver of a child diagnosed with a mental illness.
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE), working together with the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), has developed a mobile application of the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Pocket Guide. This app presents providers and other health care professionals with a comprehensive, quick reference that includes clinical practice guidelines for assessing and treating service members and veterans who have sustained a mild TBI. The mobile application is free and available for download on Android smartphones.
For more information on the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Pocket Guide Mobile Application and how to access it, visit the T2 website.
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) just released the Co-occurring Conditions Toolkit Training Video, a companion educational tool to help providers learn how to use the Co-occurring Conditions Toolkit: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Psychological Health.
The Co-occurring Conditions Toolkit, released in February 2011, is a comprehensive clinical guidance tool to help primary care providers assess and manage patients with co-occurring mild TBI and psychological health disorders. DCoE partnered with the U.S. Army to develop the companion video to provide an overview of mild TBI and co-occurring conditions and offer detailed instructions on how to apply the toolkit to clinical practice. Specific content of the Co-occurring Conditions Toolkit Training Video includes:
To order DVD copies of the Co-occurring Conditions Toolkit Training Video, contact the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) at email@example.com or call 800-870-9244. Just as with the actual clinical toolkit, the Co-occurring Conditions Toolkit Training Video is intended to be a hard copy, on-the-job reference, however an electronic version of the training video can also be viewed here.
In support of the DCoE mission to identify and promote effective instructional material for wounded warriors, families, and health care providers, we developed theChildren of Military Service Members Resource Guide – an online resource to assist families and health care providers address the mental and emotional health needs of military children. The guide identifies age appropriate resources addressing such topics as:
The guide is now available and debuts in advance of the DCoE April 2011 Monthly Webinar entitled Supporting Military Children in School Settings. For more information or to register for the Webinar, contactDCoE.MonthlyWebinar@tma.osd.mil.
eBenefits is your one-stop shop for online benefits-related tools and information. This portal is for Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Service Members, their families and their caregivers. Check out eBenefits and become a registered user. The My eBenefits Dashboard provides useful tools for updating your personal information, checking on the status of a claim, applying for benefits and managing your health.
As a registered eBenefits user, you can set up a personalized space where you can accomplish several different tasks, including:
For more information about benefits visit https://www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov/benefits_and_compensation
Trauma-Informed Organizational Toolkit for Homeless Services Provided by the Homelessness Resource Center of SAMHSA
Views from the Homefront: How Military Youth and Spouses Are Coping with Deployment Research Highlights