War Trauma: helping our veterans truly "come home", interventions for the family, the neighborhoods, the schools, the employers, and the religious community (Part 1 of 2).

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Presenter: Thomas A. Smith MS, LMHC, NCP, BS, PD, RPh, FASCP, DAPA

Credits: 2 Continuing Education credits for APA, ASWB, NBCC, CBBS, ACFEI, American Psychotherapy Association

Part 2 will be available July 21st, 2009 @ 3:00PM CST.

This two-hour Webinar illustrates the problems that Iraq and Afghanistan veterans face when returning home. Because so many are reservists, they will be coming back into civilian life. While they have “rights” to the services offered by the Veteran’s Affairs department, and possibly have gotten some benefits from the Department of Defense, this group of young women and men will be accessing community mental health services- local psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors. The prevalence of mental health disorders in these returning veterans is significant and very different in the clinical presentation than others with such conditions as PTSD. Additionally, these returning veterans and their families will need specific treatment modalities. This seminar will address the identification of those veterans and their families in need, clinical interventions, and problems/solutions that therapists may face in providing services at all stages of the war experience- pre-deployment, deployment, and the return home. Different from many similar seminars, this seminar will also include the impact on the communities- specifically, the schools and extended families of these service men and women and their children. Difficult topics, such as the impact of religion, appropriate use of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, and even Military Sexual Trauma will also be addressed during this comprehensive educational seminar.

Target Audience:  Psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, mental health counselors, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, school counselors, and clergy

Program Level: Intermediate

Advanced Preparation: None

Length of the presentation: 2 hours

Prerequisites: Prior experience in the mental health field offering direct service to clients

Learning Objectives:

Part One will cover: The impact of war trauma on the children of family members, caregivers, and the religious community. Diagnosis and treatment procedures will also be covered.

After participating in the Webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • List four behavioral presentations of war trauma in the children of servicemen/servicewomen that may be caused by anxiety
  • Describe the concept of “anticipatory grief” in terms of avoidance
  • Explain five psychological stressors seen in caregivers of children of deploying/deployed servicemen/women
  • Develop a “safety plan” to lessen the potential war trauma for the family of deploying/deployed servicemen/women
  • Ascertain the various differential diagnoses of the family members when a loved one is deploying/deployed
  • Put in plain words the concept of “doublethink” as it pertains to religion and war
  • Delineate three interventions for the family of deploying/deployed servicemen/women

CE Awarded: APA, ASWB, NBCC, CBBS, ACFEI, American Psychotherapy Association

  • The American College of Forensic Examiners is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ACFEI maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The American College of Forensic Examiners International is an approved provider of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, approval PCE 1896. Course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • The American College of Forensic Examiners International is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program and its content.
  • This organization, American College of Forensic Examiners International Approval Number 1052, is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards 400 South Ridge Parkway, Suite B, Culpeper, VA 22701. www.aswb.org. ASWB Approval Period: 8/20/2007 to 8/20/2010. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive 1 continuing education clock hours in participating in this course.
  • The American College of Forensic Examiners International provides this continuing education credit for Diplomates and Certified members, who we recommend obtain 15 credits per year to maintain their status.  
  • The American Psychotherapy Association® provides this continuing education credit for Diplomates and Certified members, who we recommend obtain 15 credits per year to maintain their status. 

Disclosure: The presenter has no relevant financial relationship to disclose.
THOMAS A. SMITH, MS, LMHC, NCP, BS, PD, RPh, FASCP, DAPA, is a licensed mental health counselor and is President and CEO of Smith Rehabilitation Consultants, Inc. Dr. Smith provides mental health therapy services to individuals and families on such topics as disability, affective and mood disorders, marital counseling, adoption, abuse (sexual, physical, emotional, financial, and verbal), pain management, eating disorders, and the treatment of Dissociative Disorder. Tom has presented over 400 full-day Continuing Education Courses to mental health and medical professionals throughout the United States, on topics ranging from ethics to psychopharmacology to integrative therapies to practice development. Nationally published, he provides consulting services dealing with the Americans with Disabilities Act in business, education, government, and with private individuals. He has worked with the State of Indiana for over 12 years as a member of the Family and Social Services Administration Drug Utilization Review Board and was recently named the Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Indiana Counselors Association. Dr. Smith is also a registered pharmacist and is an adjunct associate professor at the Butler University College of Pharmacy.


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