The impact of military service and community reintegration transcends military personnel to include their support systems such as family and friends. However, such allies and clinicians working with military are often uncertain of how to engage veterans challenged by mental illness and substance use. Thirty percent of active duty and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health condition requiring treatment with many experiencing PTSD and major depression. 2 out of 10 Veterans with PTSD also have a substance use disorder. The Veterans Administration reports that approximately 22 veterans die by suicide every day. Therefore, it is essential for clinicians and service member allies to be prepared to support veterans and their families. Mental Health First Aid for Veterans and their Families is an 8-hour course that builds upon the efficacy of the Mental Health First Aid curriculum by focusing on the unique experiences and needs of the military, veterans and family members.
8 Clinical & Social and Cultural Competence CE’s are approved for NJ LCSW/LSW/LPC/LAC/LCADC/CADC/LMFT and PA LPC via approval #173108-1127 issued by NASW-NJ. CE’s are also approved for NY LMSWs & LCSWs via approved provider #0443. See FAQ’s.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Discuss military culture and the impact as well as relevance to mental health.
- Summarize and compile information about mental illness in an effort to combat stigma in their communities.
- Identify specific risk factors faced by many service members and their families such as trauma (both mental and physical), stress, and separation.
- Apply an action plan in a number of scenarios relevant for service members, their families and those that support them.
- Identify resources for service members, their families and those who support them.
Kathryn Bedard, MA, LCADC, RMIII
Ms. Bedard, has been in the field of human services since 1972. Her experience has been as a clinician, program developer and administrator. During the 9/11 attacks, she was selected by the Commissioner of Human Services to have a key role in logistics coordination and operations, New Jersey response to the World Trade Center at Liberty Family Assistance Center; and wrote a book about her extraordinary team of clinicians: “Stones In My Heart Forever 9-11: A Journey Through Courage, Strength and Hope.” Authorhouse, 2008.
Kathryn is an innovative consultant and educator with the simple belief that change is difficult, and learning and growth should be an enjoyable experience. She believes in the creativity in all of us, and has a great ability to tap into the natural curiosity, motivation and abilities in everyone with whom she works. Throughout the past 40 years, Kathryn has held leading positions in various clinical settings, State government, and as a private consultant. She has also served as a Field Reviewer: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment for several TIPs.
Kathryn currently oversees the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services Statewide Trauma Informed Care initiative. She is responsible to provide a large scale systems conversion, statewide planning, leadership in, and coordination of program development, training curricula development and implementation, technical assistance, policy, and clinical leadership within hospital and community programs of the public mental health system of care to address the needs of individuals with trauma. Kathryn represents the Commissioner of Human Services in the Governor’s Task Force for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She also serves as NJDHS representative to the Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma.
Kathryn is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol Drug Counselor (LCADC), Certified Practitioner in Trauma Art Narrative Therapy (TANT) and is Certified as both a Practitioner and Trainer in Mental Health First Aid. Kathryn has been a faculty member at Rutgers Schools of Social Work and Addiction Studies since 1998.