This FREE, 4-week on-demand course offers 11.5 CME/CE credits. The goal of the course is to educate primary care and community mental health providers about the mental health care and support of family members of Post 9/11 Veterans who may be experiencing the Invisible Wounds of War. Community clinicians often are unaware that they are treating family members of veterans; and few community providers receive any guidance in addressing the challenges these military families face. The course addresses care through an intergenerational understanding of the impact of the Veteran’s Invisible Wounds of War, including post-traumatic stress, mild traumatic brain injury and co-morbid substance use disorders on family members including parents of Veterans, their romantic partners and their dependent children. In addition to illustrating how these challenges are experienced by three generations of family members, the course offers practical guidance in how to mobilize family members in the treatment and recovery from these conditions.
The objective of the course is to help primary care and community mental health providers translate knowledge into enhanced clinical practice that provides better outcomes for Veterans and Military Family Members. The course includes 12 video role plays to illustrate teaching points and a discussion board. Course content is 100% mobile-friendly and completely on-demand, so you can participate whenever your schedule allows.
At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:
Identify one example each of the impact of a Veteran’s PTSD on his or her parent, romantic partner and child
Identify two goals of couples therapy when one partner has combat-related PTSD
Describe three features of the CRAFT model for engaging a Veteran in substance use treatment