Understanding Military Culture and the Needs of Service Members in the Community

Kathleen Ray, PhD, LCSW and Patricia A. Findley, PhD, LCSW

Course Description:
In the past ten years, ongoing conflicts in the Middle East have caused an increase in the prevalence of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, homelessness, suicide, military sexual trauma, interpersonal violence within families, and substance abuse amongst military personnel returning home from tours of duty. Consequently, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has had to increase the number of mental health professionals in order to provide adequate care for veterans. However, only a small percentage of veterans receive care at VA medical facilities and clinics, leaving a large percentage of veterans seeking care at general community clinics by providers who have little to no education, training, or experience working with veterans. This course will provide community-based social workers, counselors, and other mental health professionals with foundational knowledge about the military and the VA. Participants will gain insight into military culture, receive clinical instruction of assessment and current evidence based treatment models, and learn about the availability of appropriate resources.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define military culture and how it applies in working with veterans
  2. Describe the allowances under the Choice Act
  3. Recognize the impact of discharge status on veterans access to care/services
  4. Utilize the Military Checklist
  5. Apply two evidence based treatments specific to Veterans

Presenter Biographies:

Dr. Kathleen Ray is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at Ramapo College and is a researcher at the Veteran’s Administration.  Her areas of research are in Problem-Solving Therapy for Veterans and reintegration of Veterans over the lifespan.

Dr. Patricia Findley is an Associate Professor at Rutgers University in the Graduate School of Social Work. She is also a Health Science Specialist (Without Compensation-WOC) at the VA New Jersey Health Care System at East Orange. Her areas of research and clinical expertise in managing chronic illness, disability, and trauma.

Location: Eisenhower Conference Center, 80 Beaufort Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey
Date:   November 9, 2016      Time: 9:00am-3:30pm
Registration and coffee/tea will take place between 9:00-9:30a.m. The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30a.m.
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9:30-10:30am              Welcome and introductions
Overview of Military Culture
10:30-11:00am            Choice Act
11:00-11:10am            Morning Break
11:10-12:00pm           Discharge Status
Veterans Affairs
12:00-1:00pm                         Lunch Break
1:00-1:30pm               Military Checklist
1:30-2:30pm               Evidenced Based Treatment
2:30-2:40pm               Afternoon Break
2:40- 3:30pm             Evidenced Based Treatment, continued                                                  National and Local Resources

Target Audience:  Social workers, counselors, program administrators, and other mental health professionals.

This course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level participants.

Continuing Education Credits: FAMILYConnections, Provider #1252, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. FAMILYConnections maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB ACE Approval Period: 01/10/2014 – 01/10/2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 4.0 clinical and 1.0 social and cultural competency continuing education clock hours.

This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #34 Course #1054. Social workers will receive the following credit: 4.0 hour(s) Clinical Social Work Practice and 1.0 hour(s) Social and Cultural Competency for the approval period starting 10/XX/2016 and ending 10/XX/2018. Final NJ approval pending. 

FAMILYConnections, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6604. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Counselors will receive 5.0 CE hours.  FAMILYConnections is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign in and sign out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early. Certificates will be awarded to participants after they have signed out at the completion of the course.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish,  Coordinator, at 973-323-3454 or by email at ndevonish@cultureconnectionsnj.org

Free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until October 31st, 2016. Cancellations must be made by November 4, 2016.

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Grievances: Please contact Niki DeVonish, Coordinator, at 973-323-3454 with any grievances.

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