|New Directions: Two Military Programs Offer Opportunities to Clinical Mental Health Counselors|
New Directions: Two Military Programs Offer Opportunities to Clinical Mental Health Counselors
Where are you going? We often see clients who are heading in directions that are not beneficial. We rejoice with them when they become self-directed in new ways that are hopeful and more successful.
Army OneSource Is an Opportunity We Can All Take Advantage of
Army OneSource helps returning veterans and their families deal with the aftermath of combat-related disorders. This initiative helps military members contact clinical mental health counselors (CMHCs) to provide services. Free training is available, which includes no-cost CEUs. The training qualifies CMHCs to work effectively with veterans—to speak their language and to understand the sometimes monstrous problems they face.
Last week an Army soldier came to me fearful that there was nothing that could be done to save his marriage. After repeated tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, problems that had plagued him most of his adult life came roaring back. His wife of many years was ready to give up. When he first came in, he stated, “No one knows what we have to face—the constant fear, the loss of my buddies, the unrelenting nightmares. It’s like I spent months in hell and no one here even knows there is a war going on. I can’t stand it anymore.”
He is not alone. In fact, there are thousands who “can’t stand it anymore.” Often they won’t go to military medical facilities because they fear that their military career will be ruined, and they literally cannot afford to take that chance. Some in the National Guard or Reserves often live far removed from VA or other resources. They do not know where to turn for help.
Army’s Substance Abuse Program Directed to Employ Qualified CMHCs
In another note, the Secretary of the Army, John M. McHugh, recently announced a directive that “authorizes the Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) to employ licensed professional counselors and licensed mental health counselors as independent practitioners.” This is a major Army initiative to expand counseling services to its
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2017 AMHCA Annual Conference