Soldiers Coming Home:
PresidentRocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute
This course meets the qualifications for 7 hours of continuing educationAPA, BRN, CA BBS, FL, NAADAC, NBCC, TX SBEPC, TXBSWE
After over ten years of cumulative involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan and other related conflict situations, our National Guard, Reserve and regular military are returning to our communities around the country. Families, friends, children and Guard, Reserve and other Military members are becoming re-united. It is important that they are able to re-adjust and re-integrate back into the civilian world. This means that it is also important for communities, families and mental health/counseling professionals to have an understanding of what to expect as this process occurs.
We have learned much over the years about what happens to our military members as they deal with the aftermath of war experiences. This course reviews some of what we have learned since the Civil War in the mid-1800s through World War I, World War II, Korea, Viet Nam and various other conflicts, including Iraq and Afghanistan. It is important that, as mental health/counseling professionals helping and advising our military families and our communities, we are informed about what to expect and how to be able to deal with potential adjustments. These involve re-integrating into the family, returning to a civilian work environment and handling results of the exposures of war environment.
What have we learned from history, various war settings and how to establish a new sense of equilibrium in life in family and community? Our smaller and isolated rural communities are affected differently than more urban settings. How do we not only welcome our military back home and thank them for their dedicated service to country, but also help them deal with the hidden wounds of trauma and war? What role does leadership play among our communities in helping? How can such techniques as teleconferencing and telemental health assist in the re-adjustments in smaller, underserved and remote rural communities and assist in reintegration?
This course provides a background of previous work, research, and experiences that can help our mental health/counseling professionals, communities and families better prepare to be positive resources for our civilian military members, families and our communities as all strive to help in readjustment and return to equilibrium for all.
Following completion of this course, you should be able to:
- Identify variables that should be considered when reviewing adjustment and re-integration following the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
- Discuss and explain how the experience of wartime stress can change an individual’s personality and traits regarding distressing emotional states such as anger, anxiety, and depression.
- Describe how rural and remote communities differ from more urban ones following war experiences in readjusting military members.
- Explain and describe the importance of why ethics and practice management are important in providing telemental health and teleconferencing services for returned military members in remote areas.
- Discuss the effects that survival guilt and suicidal ideation can have on returning military members and families.
- Identify the issues and treatments associated with PTSD and suicide following war.
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Excerpts from the course:
Ever since the Revolutionary War, the military in the United States has faced a variety
George W. Doherty, M.S., LPC has held positions as counselor/therapist, Masters Level Psychologist (State of Nevada Rural Clinics), consultant, educator, disaster mental health specialist and is a former U.S. Air Force Officer. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Wyoming; President of O.Dochartaigh Associates since 1985; President/CEO of the Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute since 1998 and is the Clinical Coordinator of the Snowy Range Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team. He has taught as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Wyoming, Northern Nevada Community College, and Warren National University. He served as a USAF Officer, served 11 years with Civil Air Patrol (CAP. US Air Force Auxiliary) as Squadron Commander, Deputy Wing Commander, Air Operations Officer, and Master Observer. Certified Instructor with the Wyoming Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST).
Organizational memberships include American Psychological Association (APA . Associate Member), American Counseling Association (ACA), American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AETS), Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS), Traumatic Incident Reduction Association (TIRA), Certificate of Specialized Training in the field of Mass Disaster and Terrorism, Wyoming Department of Health Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee; Research Advisor and Research Fellow . American Biographical Institute (ABI), Editorial Advisory Board Member and Book Reviewer PsyCritiques (APA Journal). He is also a Life Member of the Air Force Association (AFA), Life Member . Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Life Member . Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association, and is an Alumni Admissions Volunteer for the Pennsylvania State University. Recent publications include: .Crisis Intervention Training for Disaster Workers: An Introduction.; Editor and contributor for the Proceedings of Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Conferences (2005, 2006, 2007). Served as Guest Editor for Special issues of the journal Traumatology on Disaster Mental Health (1999) and Crises in Rural America (2004); .Cross-cultural Counseling in Disaster Settings. - Austral-Asian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies (1999). Published reviews include:Understanding Oslo in Troubled Times; Responders to September 11, 2001: Counseling: Innovative Responses to 9/11 Firefighters, Families, and Communities; Genocide: A Human Condition? Stress Management, Wellness and Organizational Health., .Leadership Competency and Conflict.; Leadership: Lessons from the Ancient World - all in PsyCritiques. Conference Director for annual Rocky Mountain Disaster Mental Health Conferences 1999 -present.
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