AMHCA Launches Military Culture Training Program
Monday, February 23, 2015
Posted by: Whitney Meyerhoeffer
For Immediate Release
February 23, 2015
Contact: Whitney Meyerhoeffer
AMHCA Launches Unique Military Culture Training Program for Members
Alexandria, VA - AMHCA is pleased to announce that we are sponsoring and creating a special long-term webinar and roundtable series on AMHCA Military Culture Training for members that will provide a unique, dynamic perspective on the mental health needs of veterans from the vantage point of various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces (e.g., Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp., National Guard) as well as from the perspective if they served in specific areas or units such as the infantry, medic teams, etc.), as well as examining issues based on gender and race and other characteristics through those that have served in those branches and units. You will not find a more engaging, comprehensive examination of these intricate issues anywhere else. Your training will allow you to closely examine and help treat veterans based on the culture of their branch and area of specialization.
Why AMHCA is Sponsoring this New Webinar Series
The multifaceted mental health needs of current American military personnel and veterans with mental health disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are immense! Over 2 million U.S. service members have experienced a deployment to the Middle East since 2001, and hundreds of thousands of servicemen served in the Vietnam War, Desert Storm and other engagements over the last 25 years.
In recent years and in the coming decades, clinical mental health counselors will need to fulfill an increasingly important role as behavioral health service providers for both military and civilian survivors struggling with the consequences of traumatic war events.
And more servicemen and women are surviving combat injuries than ever before due to improved battlefield medicine, post-operative medical technology, and better body armor. Despite survival rates, many have acquired catastrophic physical injuries and disabilities along serious mental health concerns.
Depending on the war where they served, which branch of the military and the unit they fought in, could have profound implications regarding how to address the mental health and health care needs of these individuals, as well as addressing the needs of their families.
The webinar series will provide you with the tools and skills to address the needs of veterans and families from these unique military culture perspectives.
AMHCA is pleased to have several wonderful presenters that have both experience in the military as well as the mental health field.
Dr. LaMarr Edgerson, US Air Force
Dan Edwards, US Army
Dr. Gray Otis, US Army
Dr. William Brim, Deputy Director, Center for Deployment Psychology
Dr. Jeffrey Cook, Director of Military Programs, Center for Deployment Psychology
Stephanie Weaver, MPA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) works to enhance the profession of mental health counseling through advocacy, education, licensure, and professional development.
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