Serving Those Who Serve: Essential Competencies for the Helping Professional

Amy B. Otzel, MA, MS, LPC
5 CECs
Monday, January 23, 2017
9 am – 3:30 pm

Location: School of Social Work, West Hartford, CT
Fees: $110 – UConn School of Social Work Alumni and Current Field Instructors
$125 – All others

This seminar satisfies the continuing education licensure requirement for content on Veterans’ issues.

Military members, veterans, and their families have endured hardships unique to the demands of military lifestyle and the warzone. It is imperative for those who support readjustment and reintegration to be familiar with the culture, stressors, mental health concerns, and resiliency-building considerations specific to this population. This seminar addresses such provider competencies and introduces the helping professional to a skills-based warrior resource model of homecoming transition.

Using lecture, personal and professional experiences, pertinent articles, books, references, and manuals, this seminar will provide the skills to more effectively serve those who have served.   Questions, comments, and dialogue are welcomed to enhance the participants’ learning process.

At the conclusion of this seminar participants will be able to:

  • assess for military status and distinguish aspects of military and veteran culture
  • identify stressors common to military troops and their families
  • describe presenting problems and barriers to care common to those returning from the warzone
  • assess for conditions of trauma, stress, and suicidality in military and veteran populations
  • employ suicide prevention skills
  • relate to warrior resources and resiliency building skills in terms of military mindset
  • develop new concepts and strategies to support veterans wellness and readjustment