Thursday, June 23, 2011, 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, Noon Central, 1 pm EST, 6 pm Zurich, 7 pm Istanbul
Treating the Invisible Wounds of War
Behavioral health/well-being providers, community volunteers, members of the law enforcement and emergency response professions, social service providers, members of the faith based community and family support professionals who stepped forward and made the commitment to learn more about supporting our Soldiers and Families made a notable impact throughout our entire country! Sharing this course opportunity with fellow colleagues, contacts in other states and with your respective professional organizations and networks resulted in a continuation and addition of more course opportunities in the “Invisible Wounds of War” educational series for this upcoming year.
The full range of course topics now include:
- Treating the Invisible Wounds of War Series: Part 1 - Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Treating the Invisible Wounds of War Series: Part 2 - Traumatic Brain Injury
- Treating the Invisible Wounds of War Series: Part 3 - Issues of Women Returning from Combat. Women military service members returning from deployment to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan face gender-specific readjustment issues as they transition back to their local communities.
Exercise: Take the Complementary “Invisible Wounds of War” Course
To quickly access the training modules, please follow the directions below:
From your browser, go to www.aheconnect.com...
From your browser, go to www.aheconnect.com
Step 1: Click on New Users tab at the top of the screen
Step 2: Create a personal user account following the instructions on the screen. In order to activate the course for an interested individual or group, utilize the course access code denoted below.
NOTE: Be sure to enter your Army OneSource referral code of AOSWAGBI in the space provided.
Step 3: Login to the system using your new id and password
Step 4: Click on Courses tab at the top of the screen
Step 4: Select a course you wish to complete—BE SURE AND COMPLETE ALL RELATED COURSE MODULES FOR FULL CREDIT.
Step 5: Click on Register
Once you complete a course, your CE credit will be recorded, and you will have access to download and print a Certificate of Completion.
You/your professional organization can continue to support these outreach endeavors via participation in the online, “Invisible Wounds of War” course—still completely complimentary! Upon completion of the course successful candidates may print a certification of completion, suitable for display, as well as earning Continuing Education Credits—again, completely complementary.
(Licensed well being providers include those who require Continuing Education Credits as part of an annual recertification or continuing recognition of professional licensure. Included but not limited to: Doctors, Nurses, Chiropractors, Counselors, Dentists, School Counselors and Nurses, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Faith-Based Counselors)
Rachel Turner-Bensen, a Pacific Northwest Native, born and raised in Idaho, is the Army OneSource Community Support Coordinator for Washington state where she and her Family have resided for the past decade. A graduate of the University of Idaho, where her studies emphasized Criminal Justice, Sociology and Social Work, Rachel’s entire professional life has been rooted in government-related service delivery, starting in the legal field managing various Idaho public defender’s offices. After a tenure as a rural Municipal Court Administrator, Rachel chose to make a career change and became a geriatric social worker, collaborating on care plans and providing advocacy for elders and vulnerable adults. In 2007 Rachel was the first Family Program Assistant with the Military Intelligence Readiness Command (MIRC), United States Army Reserve. As a prior Military spouse to a Desert Storm Veteran and daughter of a multiple tour Vietnam Marine, the importance of serving Soldiers and Families was absolute. When Rachel is not “in the air or on the road supporting the Troops”, she and her husband, now a metro police agency commander, volunteer with their local American Legion Post, specifically focused with revitalization and support of the post’s youth baseball field–”Vets Field”. Rachel’s proudest Army moment was when her three boys, Connor (12) and identical twins Blake and Brent (10), were recognized with Freedom Team Salute awards for their volunteerism and service to local Veterans by helping with upkeep and “chores” around the American Legion Hall and youth baseball field.
Before we begin, here are a few instructions for listeners:
- If you have a question, press 5* on your phone.
- Directly after the interview, be sure to fill out the evaluation linked to your call-in instructions, especially if you want to earn CEUs.
- Please register at least 24 - 48 hours before the interview so we have time to send out the call-in information.
- If you'd like to listen to more of these tele-interviews, and your organization is not currently a subscriber, contact me with someone I can talk with about subscribing your organization so you can listen for free (except for the cost of your distance provider). Email info@ careerwell.org or call 415.312.4294.
This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell Tele-Interivews. Our speaker today, Rachel Turner-Bensen, a Pacific Northwest Native, is the Army OneSource Community Support Coordinator for Washington state where she and her Family have resided for the past decade. A graduate of the University of Idaho, where her studies emphasized Criminal Justice, Sociology and Social Work, Rachel’s entire professional life has been rooted in government-related service delivery, starting in the legal field managing various Idaho public defender’s offices. After a tenure as a rural Municipal Court Administrator, Rachel chose to make a career change and became a geriatric social worker, collaborating on care plans and providing advocacy for elders and vulnerable adults. In 2007 Rachel was the first Family Program Assistant with the Military Intelligence Readiness Command (MIRC), United States Army Reserve. As a prior Military spouse to a Desert Storm Veteran and daughter of a multiple tour Vietnam Marine, the importance of serving Soldiers and Families was absolute. Welcome Rachel!
- What is Army 1 Source and how did you come to work with it?
- You are offering a three-series self-paced, online course on The Invisible Wounds of War. What are the topics of each of the three segments? (challenges, such as psychological impact, regimented environment, coming out into depressed job market)
- How did you come to offer this course?
- How can career practitioners benefit by taking this course? (awareness, continuing education, professional development)
- Why is this course important now? (statistics of people coming out of war - age, reasons, how it affects families, multiple deployments, multiple generations of service, military spouse)
- How long is each segment (a few hours each)? Can one go back to complete a segment?
- What features are included in the course? (embedded films, brief quizzes, can go back at any point to retake quiz or move forward in course, multiple choice exam?
- How is the listener evaluated?
- Where do you suggest that career practitioners learn more (ESGR, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, in most states there is a ESGR representative and volunteer ambassadors, prior military experience, have success in their own business and career, advise military member what their rights are, get employers engaged pro-actively; http://www.esgr.org/site/)?
- Where else can career practitioners and their clients who are veterans go for support? (Department of Veterans Affairs, http://www.va.gov/, link to vet center in local communities, part of VA, not attached to hospital, have counselors and benefits counselors)? Even if no VET center, there are volunteers within organizations called Veterans Service Officers (VSO).
- What does VSO do? (specially trained volunteers regarding filing a veteran's claim for injuries, opening a claim, helping a service member, navigate the system); http://www.nacvso.org/, National Association of County Veterans Service Officers.
- What other organizations support veterans? American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans - found in most communities throughout U.S., nationally recognized.
- Moving to career development support for veterans, what strengths do they bring to the market? (Like sports stars, they are usually pretty young when they return to civilian life and are exploring getting back into the job market, tech saavy, leadership skills, helping skills, compassion, referral and managerial skills, recourceful [know how to navigate systems], resiliant, self-directed, accountable).
- What kinds of needs do they have? (psychological areas - i.e., life/death issues, sleep issues, i.e., garbage can in hallway might)
- What kinds of benefits can veterans receive? (education and training, preference for government jobs, psychological and physical counseling)?
- Specifically how can career practitioners in higher education provide service to veterans returning to school? (give example of Pierce College in Tacoma, Clakamas College in Oregon)
- What are the states with the highest number of veterans? (Washington State, Georgia, Southern California)
- Could you summarize and discuss where do we can go from here? What kinds of strategies do we use for helping our clients?
Thank you Rachel, for giving listeners access to The Invisible Wounds of War online course and for explaining why this course is so important for us to view.
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