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Home Base Establishes Training Institute

Home Base has been awarded a two year, $1 million national grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and Major League Baseball’s Welcome Back Veterans to establish a Training Institute to prepare community clinicians throughout New England to recognize and treat Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and military families affected by the “invisible wounds of war.”

Called The Training Institute at Home Base: a Welcome Back Veterans education initiative to heal the invisible wounds of war, the competitive grant will train community clinicians in order to expand access to high quality care in private, non-VA clinical settings for Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury.  The award from the Chicago-based McCormick Foundation and Major League Baseball comes through their joint “Welcome Back Veterans” initiative.

The Training Institute at Home Base will help regional clinicians improve their understanding of military culture and the impact of military service on veterans and military families, enable clinicians to identify the invisible wounds of war, and provide evidence-based treatments for PTS and other conditions affecting the behavioral health of veterans and families. In addition, the Institute will develop a network of qualified clinicians who can serve as a Home Base referral network as well as coordinate referrals to the VA Healthcare system.

The Training Institute at Home Base will:

  • offer free on-line and in-person training for clinicians throughout New England through the War Zone to the Home Front series presented in collaboration with the VA’s National Center for PTSD;
  • provide in-depth, multi-week courses on-line;
  • offer targeted consultation training and clinical supervision, considered the “gold standard” in clinical training.                

 In June, Home Base and other McCormick Foundation-funded programs visited      Washington DC and in an op ed, urged non-VA providers and policy-makers to  support public private partnerships to provide clinical care to Post 9/11 veterans  and military families.

Military service member returning home to his family

From the War Zone to the Home Front; Supporting the Mental Health of Veterans and Families

From the War Zone to the Home Front; Supporting the Mental Health of Veterans and Families is a free 32-session on-line training series designed to help community clinicians recognize and address the “invisible wounds” of war and family relationship challenges facing returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. During the past three years, the War Zone to the Home Front series has attracted more than 10,000 clinicians nationwide.

The series is available live and on-demand, and presented free of charge as a community service by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program and the National Center for PTSD, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. The presenting faculty includes leading clinical experts from Mass General Hospital and the VA Healthcare System. Continuing education credits are available free of charge for the one-hour sessions. The series is offered in collaboration with the MGH Psychiatry Academy.

All new content for 2014 includes:

- a session on physical health after deployment (diabetes, cardiac, pain);

- reproductive mental health for female veterans;

- complimentary therapy for PTSD and TBI; veterans on campus,

- building resilience in military-connected children.

In 2014, for the first time, we present three sessions in an interactive case conference format. In these three special sessions, a clinical case is presented and evidence-based treatment plans are created by two experts to foster discussion. Viewers are advised to watch several archived one-hour War Zone sessions (CEs available) in order to have sufficient background to benefit from each case presented. Register here

Supporting Military-Connected Children in Massachusetts Schools

As the school year concludes, Home Base is pleased to announce new research partnerships to support military children in MA schools. During the 2013/14 school year, Home Base provided education to the majority of MA’s 275 school superintendents about the challenges facing 13,000 military-connected children in the state. 

In September, Home Base will mark the second year of our Staying Strong with Schools research program with new research partnerships involving ten elementary schools in Barnstable and Falmouth school districts and including guidance counselors, classroom teachers and military-connected parents. The schools’ participation in Home Base research will allow us to evaluate a promising, school-based model of supporting academic and emotional resilience in military-connected students who are coping with deployment, reintegration, and the invisible wounds of war. The psychosocial support model was piloted this year in Mashpee’s Kenneth C. Coombs and Quashnet Elementary Schools. Nearly 120 school faculty and staff members attended a Staying Strong training to raise their awareness of issues common to military families. This first-of-its kind study will determine whether a simple, school-based model of supporting military-connected children and families can strengthen their social, academic and emotional functioning. Staying Strong was developed by Home Base Family Team Director Paula Rauch, MD and Family Clinical Director Bonnie Ohye, PhD.

Difference Between Life Challenges and Trauma

In this video, Dr. Paula Rauch, child psychiatrist and Director of the Home Base Family Support Team, talks about how adults can help support children and adolescents by giving them the tools they need to go through life challenges as part of a community, instead of facing situations alone.