How to Better Serve Veterans

HDA’s highly regarded state and national expertise informs capacity-building offerings on military culture, military sexual trauma, and supportive services for military families. Trainings and workshops are designed to teach care providers, behavioral health and legal professionals, and community members how to understand these issues and navigate public systems so they can better serve clients and their families. Learn more


Experience Boot Camp

A basic overview of military culture and will focus on breaking down the different branches of the armed forces and discussing how unit cohesion is created. Participants are informed on the experience of boot camp. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • General community members
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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The Emotional Cycle of Deployment

This training provides an overview of the emotional and psychological challenges faced by service members and Veterans who have been deployed. In addition, there is a focus on military family dynamics, the long term impact of deployment-related instability on a family, and potential issues pertaining to long-distance relationships and parenting. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers
  • General community members

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Creating a Veteran-Friendly Environment

An overview of trauma-informed care, common triggers, creating a safe atmosphere and intake processes that are conducive to serving Veterans. Participants are informed of how they can best serve Veterans and the common challenges they face in seeking services. An overview of Veteran benefits is provided. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • General community members
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers
  • Government employees

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TBI: Causes, Prevalence, Prevention, and Relevant Resources for Clients

Definitions of Traumatic brain injury as well as causes, prevalence, and available local treatments and resources for Veterans and service members are discussed. Recent research on the topic is also summarized. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • General community members, Homeless providers

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PTSD: Causes, Prevalence, Prevention, and Relevant Resources for Clients

Post-traumatic stress disorder is defined and causes are described, prevalence, and available local treatments and resources for Veterans and service members are discussed. Recent research is also summarized. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers
  • Military Victim Advocates

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Breaking Down Military Sexual Trauma

Military sexual trauma is defined and discussed through prevalence and reporting methods of assault in the military. Further discussion leads to the development of military prevention efforts (SAPR) and incongruences between military training and daily realities of being assaulted in the military and the role of military culture. The remaining time is a discussion who the survivors of MST are. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Military Victim Advocates
  • General community members
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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A Call to Healthcare Providers: Working with MST Patients

MST is defined and discussion takes place on the different types of sexual assault reporting in the military. The impact of “the invisible war” and society’s rape culture is addressed through the prevalence of this on going issue. Furthermore, there is a case example showed in this section. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Military Victim Advocates
  • General community members
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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Toxicity of MST

Because MST is often not a singular issue, this section discusses the implications on the brain, behavior, and interactions of survivors. It further delves into secondary symptoms and common diagnoses associated with MST such as PTSD, suicide, substance abuse, and depression. Lastly, the training seeks implications for care and disclose a unique military experience where a survivor may live or fight alongside the perpetrator. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Military Victim Advocates
  • General community members
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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Rebuilding Relationships

Discussions emphasize relationship and family dynamic issues experience by MST survivors and the impact on their daily lives. Techniques to rebuild relationships and work through tough issues will be identified. And advice on challenges and working with couples is administered. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Military Victim Advocates
  • General community members
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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MST Disclosure and Support – What Do I Do?

Participants learn the impact of disclosing military sexual assault and whom it is disclosed to. Furthermore, they learn how to be supportive as the disclosed and the link between screening tools and receiving disclosure. Secondly, the training tackles what the role of a victim advocate is and how to help survivors overcome barriers to reporting assaults. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Military Victim Advocates
  • General community members
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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Provider Perspective: Providing Grief Counseling and Resources to Military Families

This workshop focuses on providing counseling to families who have lost a loved one through a military-related death. The role of military culture and the impact that the abrupt removal of a military support system can have on a grieving family will be discussed. The unique psychological and financial challenges faced by survivors left behind, as well as resources available to families such as line of duty compensation, services provided by vet centers, and survivor benefits for children including scholarships are discussed. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Behavioral health providers
  • Healthcare providers
  • Homeless providers
  • Financial counselors

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Survivor’s Perspective: Facing the Loss of a Service Member

This workshop focuses on helping families who have lost a loved one through a military related death learn skills that can help them deal with that loss. The role of military culture and the impact that the abrupt removal of a military support system can have on a grieving family will be discussed. The unique psychological and financial challenges faced by survivors as well as resources available to families such as line of duty compensation, services provided by vet centers, and survivor benefits for children including scholarships are discussed. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Family members and survivors of military deaths

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Communication Skills: Motivational Interviewing Techniques

This workshop focuses on using motivational interviewing techniques when working with Veteran clients. Participants will learn to express empathy in client interactions through reflective listening, learn about the four communication styles, their own communication style, and how to work with those who have different styles of communicating (120 minutes, 2 CEUs).

Target Audiences:

  • Behavioral health providers
  • homeless providers
  • general community members

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Understanding Resistant Clients

In this workshop, participants will develop and practice strategies to assist in reframing negative client assumptions and attitudes. Participants will also identify their own biases as well as those of their clients to remain aware of how these can impair communication, learn to recognize when a disagreement is arising from client distress or fear, and how to avoid direct confrontation (120 minutes, 2 CEUs).

Target Audiences:

  • Behavioral health providers
  • homeless providers
  • healthcare providers

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Empowering Your Clients

In this workshop, participants will learn how to help clients formulate visions for the future, encourage them to engage in self-advocacy, strategies to catalogue critical moves, and ways to help reduce isolation and increase intimacy. Life satisfaction and goal setting tools that providers can use to help clients will also be discussed with the emphasis of partnering with clients for the achievement of goals set together (120 minutes, 2 CEUs).

Target Audiences:

  • Behavioral health providers
  • homeless providers
  • healthcare providers

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Addressing Staff Burnout

In this workshop, participants will learn about setting boundaries with clients and tips for dealing with vicarious trauma. Participants will also be asked to envision their ideal workplace, discuss ways to increase job satisfaction, discuss self-care and relaxation techniques, and take a burnout quiz to objectively measure their current burnout status (120 minutes, 2 CEUs).

Target Audiences:

  • Behavioral health providers
  • homeless providers
  • healthcare providers
  • general community members

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Healthy Consent & the Role of Alcohol

This workshop focuses on what consent is and the role of alcohol on consent. It covers “victim blaming”, the role of today’s rape culture in society, and statistics about perpetrators and other views. The presentation includes a variety of short videos/clips. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Military Victim Advocates
  • General community members
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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Provider Perspective: The Importance of Self-Care

The presentation opens with a short activity followed by a discussion on the importance of taking care of ones’ self and how to avoid burnout. Further discussions lead to what appropriate boundaries are and how to keep them. The presentation will include why and how to say no, role plays and other activities. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Military Victim Advocates
  • General community members
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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Opportunities to Take Action

Participants are immersed in ways to volunteer and work with Veterans, how to enhance clinical and therapeutic skills, where to find resources for making referrals for survivors of MST, and lastly helping survivors reintegrate and work through relationship issues. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Behavioral health providers

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Alternative Treatment Techniques

Alternative approaches to care and alternative treatments are reviewed in light of an effort to treat the person as a whole, and how evidence based support shows success of these approaches and treatments to help survivors of MST. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers

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Empowering Treatment Techniques

This portion diverges into practices, treatments, and therapies used to help survivors of MST, such as Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure and will focus discussion around the importance of empowerment frameworks for ensuring treatment success. Grounding, containment pacing, and affect regulation are addressed as interventions for working with survivors. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Military Victim Advocates
  • General community members
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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Role of Music Therapy in Treatment

Participants engage in trauma-informed techniques and approaches to working with survivors of traumatic experiences through exposure to different therapies – specifically music therapy. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Military Victim Advocates
  • General community members
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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Mental Health and Emotional Control

A few of the secondary effects of assault, such as: neurobiology, rape trauma syndrome, and relationship and sexuality issues open up the conversation. The later portion is focused on skills building for survivors, which an emphasis on emotional regulation and communication. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Military Victim Advocates
  • General community members
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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What is Talk Therapy with Survivors?

The workshop includes a preview of intake processes, various evidence based practices when working with survivors, and lastly which professional does what in their field and how they work with talk therapy to help. The session extends to an opportunity to role play and talk through various therapies in which to use and how to use talk therapy to speak with survivors of military sexual trauma. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Military Victim Advocates
  • General community members

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Introduction to Military and Veteran Culture

This discussion explores the branches of the armed forces, discuss the importance of creating unit cohesion, and give participants a look at a boot camp experience. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • General community members
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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Disability Benefits & Culture

This webinar addresses Veteran benefits, the differences between SSI and SSDI, and details disability culture and appropriate etiquette. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Military Victim Advocates
  • General community members
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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Civilian Healthcare Options for Military Members

The training provides participants with in depth detail about the ACA, enrollment, Medicaid, and market place insurances so that at the conclusion, participants understand which plans who is eligible for. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Military Victim Advocates
  • General community members
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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Health Coverage for Veterans

The discussion focuses on health care coverage options for Veterans. Specifically, the role of Tricare, the Choice Act, CHAMPVA, and the ACA/Medicare in coordination with Veterans benefits. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Military Victim Advocates
  • General community members
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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Understanding Military Sexual Trauma

The webinar provides an overview of MST through the influence of “the invisible war” and society’s rape culture problems. And provides survivors’ experience and reporting sexual assault in the military. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Military Victim Advocates
  • General community members
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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MST-Family and Intimacy

The last portion serves to focus on the effects of MST on relationships and shifts in family dynamics. The presentation discusses support mechanisms, healthy disclosure, and tips on how to help survivors reconnect and build relationships. (60 minutes, 1 CEU)

Target Audiences:

  • Military Victim Advocates
  • General community members
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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Military Veteran 101: Supportive Services for Veteran Families

This workshop provides an introduction to military culture and its relevance to the needs of military and Veteran families. Participants may choose from 3-7 presentation topics to be discussed that are most relevant to their profession or area of expertise. Potential topics include military cultural norms and rankings, trauma-informed care, suicide prevention of Veterans and service members, substance abuse among Veterans and service members, prevention and response to MST survivors, and an overview of Veteran benefits. Typically $1,000-$2,250, depending on class size; contact for pricing details. (180-420 minutes, 3-7 CEUs)

Testimonials:
“The whole training was amazing, presenters did an amazing job and were personable – wish we had more time on individual subjects.”

Target Audiences:

  • Community organizations
  • government organizations
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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Approaching Treatment with Military Sexual Trauma: Advanced Clinical Understanding

This workshop is geared toward those looking to advance their clinical careers and working with survivors of military sexual trauma. It empowers participants to look at rape as a cultural and societal problem, and bring to light the facts of military sexual trauma and how to help survivors. The workshop looks at attachment theory, the role of PTSD, and how to put a survivor and their family first in a clinical setting. Additionally, participants gain knowledge on the boot camp experience in order to better serve their patients/clients by increasing the understanding of their past experiences. Typically $2,500, depending on class size; contact for pricing details. (420 minutes, 7 CEUs)

Target Audiences:

  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers

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Military Sexual Trauma Workshop for Medical Professionals

While similar to the above workshop, this training is more focused on breaking down military culture and the issue of military sexual trauma. The workshop expands on rape culture and its impact on institutions, and specifically emphasizes the armed forces as a key institution. Further it enlightens participants on how to help survivors, at any point of there journey, by providing practices in disclosure, care, and supportive techniques. Typically $1,500, depending on class size; contact for pricing details. (240 minutes, 4 CEUs)

Target Audiences:

  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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Understanding Military Sexual Trauma for Behavioral Health Practitioners

This workshop focuses around victim advocacy and the toxicity of MST through discussion surrounding “the invisible war” and today’s rape culture by providing first hand examples and stories. The presentation delves into topics of PTSD, substance abuse, and suicide as links to MST and how to clinically treat those patients as well as provide helpful therapies, such as music therapies. Participants gain a wide range of skills and take away a new knowledge of helping MST survivors in a clinical setting in order to better their daily lives. Typically $2,000, depending on class size; contact for pricing details. (360 minutes, 6 CEUs)

Target Audiences:

  • General community members
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers

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Military Victim Advocate Training

The workshop consists of guided discussion surrounding mental health and MST and specifically delves into topics of consent and the role of alcohol, burnout, crisis response to assault/rape, and dealing with relationships and sexuality. Participants have the opportunity to participate in a role play activity in order to engage in a talk therapy simulation to help encourage development of emotional skills and communication in survivors. Typically $3,000, depending on class size; contact for pricing details. (480 minutes, 8 CEUs)

Testimonials:
“This workshop has the best presentation, topics, group discussion that I have participated in since the inception of SHARP annual certification.”

Target Audiences:

  • Military Victim Advocates
  • Homeless Providers

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Provider Skills for Serving Veteran Clients

This workshop focuses on enabling participants to effectively serve Veteran clients. Topics include effective communication skills, understanding client resistance, empowering clients in the achievement of goals set together, and how to prevent and address burnout. Participants will engage in discussions surrounding these topics as well as be presented with collaborative tools for measuring client life satisfaction and goal achievement (480 minutes, 8 CEUs).

Target Audiences:

  • Behavioral health providers
  • Homeless providers
  • Healthcare providers
  • General community members

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