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  • Helping Survivors of Interpersonal Violence

    I recently attended both a training session and a conference that were really interesting and instructive in terms of what I could bring back to DCoE and consider for incorporating and sharing as best practices in the area of interpersonal violence.

    The training that I attended was held by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), which works at the state and national levels to prevent sexual violence and provides services to victims/survivors of sexual violence and their significant others. The training was given to two-person teams from an area– one person was a community-based sexual assault service provider and the other was a military sexual assault service provider. PCAR believes this military-community team model will be most effective when providing training to community-based providers in their area. The training included information on military policies and military culture that may impact the decisions that military sexual assault survivors make. By understanding culture and policy, service providers can give accurate information to survivors so that they can make decisions that are most helpful to them.

    As PCAR collaborated with the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), the information was accurate and informative for those receiving the training. The curriculum was well organized and the instructors were excellent. The participants seemed to enjoy the interactive nature of the training, which included preparing and giving a presentation on a segment of the curriculum. This hands-on approach allowed participants to practice their skills and increase confidence in their instruction abilities before providing the training in their home communities.

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  • CDP Offers One Week Training for Civilian Mental Health Providers

    As the new year begins, the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) is gearing up for its one week training courses, which are designed specifically for civilian mental health providers who are going to be working with service members and their families. CDP offers a number of different kinds of training courses for both active duty health professionals and for civilians, but the civilian provider training is becoming increasingly important. We are closing in on 1.7 million deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. If we estimate that 30% of those service members go on to have some kind of mental health related issue, the number of active duty mental health providers, or even VA mental health providers, is not nearly what it needs to be to handle the likely demand. That isn’t even including counseling needed by the service members’ families. Therefore, it is extremely important that the ...
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  • Toolkit for Resilience

    One question that frequently comes up from both warriors and their loved ones – how can I build resilience and reduce risk? Check out this simple tool. I call it the Toolkit for Resilience – or T4R. Seven short questions – here goes: Got stress? Got pain? Got fuel? Got sleep? Got friends? Got heart? Got soul? Chow, sleep, friends, heart and soul build resilience – the habits and actions that allow us to adapt successfully and grow stronger in the face of adversity. To survive in harm’s way, we focus on what we can control. We know that change is constant, and we draw strength from having committed to a cause that is greater than any of us as individuals. Tool up for life! Remember – maintaining an attitude of gratitude will protect you and your loved ones – by strengthening your mental, physical and spiritual wellness. We’re all ...
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