Understanding Military Culture: Implementation in Treatment

This seminar provides at least two hours of training in Veterans Services.

Christopher Morse, MSW
5 CECs

Friday, August 9, 2019
9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Hartford Public Library (Room 026), 500 Main St

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While the United States is seeing increased attention paid to the high levels of mental health, substance abuse, and suicide issues within the military and veteran communities, there is also increased concern about our nation’s ability to provide needed mental health care. A lack of mental health providers, healthcare facilities, and availability of services often requires veterans and military service members to seek care in their local communities. While it is good news that these populations are seeking care, there is also cause for concern. In 2014, the RAND Corporation found that though many veterans obtain mental health care in the civilian sector, community clinicians demonstrated low levels of cultural competence in military and veteran culture, presenting substantial barriers to engagement with mental health care.

To assist in developing a therapeutic rapport with veterans and service members, this seminar will provide clinicians who have limited experience with the military with an overview of its culture, norms, and mores. This will include information on the branches of the military, overall characteristics of military culture, and how military life and the combat environment shape the presentation of the client throughout treatment. We will then identify barriers military and veteran clients experience in connecting with civilian clinicians, including cultural barriers and stigma. Participants will also learn about common readjustment issues faced by the military and veteran population including mental health difficulties and family dynamics. We will also examine current evidence-based practices and first-line interventions for common mental health conditions experienced by many military service members and veterans.  Finally, we will take a strengths-based look into specific military cultural constructs and learn techniques to integrate them into your current practice.

This seminar will enable you to:

  • understand the basics of military culture, including branches and ranks
  • identify aspects of military culture that may influence the presentation of the client
  • learn how combat service affects the presentation and worldview of your clients
  • understand how military service affects the clients’ interaction with their families and the overall population
  • identify common issues related to readjustment
  • learn how to utilize strengths based in military culture in treatment