Veterans Issues and Military Sexual Trauma

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.


Supportive Services for Veteran Families

This training serves as an introduction to the military and its culture, in addition to clarifying what is the VA, how to work with Veterans, the context of military sexual assualt (MSA), the nature of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), mental health crisis response, and trauma informed approaches for anyone.

Target Audiences:

  • Case managers
  • Social workers
  • Homelessness professionals
  • Administrators

Delivery Method: This training is meant for audiences between 20 and 80 persons, and designed to be conducted in person. This is a full-day workshop.

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

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Military Victim Advocate Training

This training focuses on Veterans issues related to rape culture, the history and context of military sexual trauma (MST), values clarification, mental health crisis response, military victim advocates rules, policies, and regulations review. In this workshop, HDA leads a panel discussion, drawing on active service members, Veterans, trauma experts, and more.

Target Audiences:

  • Military victim advocates
  • Sexual assault response coordinators
  • Applicable to every military branch

Delivery Method: This training is meant for audiences of approximately 50 persons, and designed to be conducted in person. This is a day-long workshop.

Testimonials:
“This workshop has the best presentation, topics, group discussion that I have participated in since the inception of SHARP annual certification.”
– The US Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office

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MST for Behavioral Health Providers

This training defines military sexual assault and rape culture in the military, focusing on military treatment for survivors, first disclosure and victim advocacy, the toxicity of military sexual trauma (MST), clinical treatment, recreation and wellness, as well as translating the lessons learned into action. In this workshop, HDA leads a panel discussion, drawing on active service members, Veterans, trauma experts, and more.

Target Audiences:

  • Case managers
  • Social workers
  • Mental health providers
  • Domestic violence professionals

Delivery Method: This training is meant for audiences between 40 and 80 persons, and designed to be conducted in person. This is a day-long workshop.

Testimonials:
This training is “a prime example [of] the collaborative partnership established between the National Guard and various organizations/agencies geared toward assisting the sexual assault victim in the recovery.”
– The US Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office

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MST for Medical Providers

Informed by the specifics of military culture, this training provides the background and context for military sexual trauma (MST), the toxicity of MST, and the processes for receiving a disclosure and offering support thereafter. In this workshop, HDA leads a panel discussion, drawing on active service members, Veterans, trauma experts, and more.

Target Audiences:

  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Care coordinators
  • Nurses
  • Medical professionals
  • Case managers
  • Social workers

Delivery Method: This training is meant for audiences between 40 and 80 persons, and designed to be conducted in person. This is a half-day workshop.

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MST Advanced Awareness

This training workshop teaches skills for working with and strengthening therapeutic relationships with survivors of military assault. Advanced theory and techniques covered include attachment theory, a three-stage approach to trauma treatment, psychopharmacology, and pelvic health. The curriculum, with its a hands-on clinical approach and field-ready tools, is intended for those with a basic knowledge of Veterans issues related to rape culture, revictimization, and mental health crisis response.

Target Audiences:

  • Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Social workers
  • Case managers

Delivery Method: This daylong workshop is designed for approximately 40 participants.

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