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Military service member returning home to his family

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

Please join us March 14 for the all new From the War Zone to the Home Front II, a free 9-part, live and on demand, online training series for primary care and mental health providers. The series is presented by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program in collaboration with the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD. Faculty includes experts from MGH and throughout the U.S.

Last year, close to 6,000 clinicians nationwide watched the first War Zone to the Home Front series (watch it on archive). After viewing, 88% of participants said they know more and feel better prepared to address the mental health needs of returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.

War Zone to the Home Front II contains all new practical, relevant content, including an in depth look at: veteran suicide; diagnosing and treating co-morbid PTSD and TBI; sleep problems, pain, and aggression; military culture and re-integration challenges; complicated grief in veterans and military families; and the new DSM-5 on PTSD. The series is offered through the MGH Psychiatry Academy.

Event Details
Dates:
Every Thursday at 11:30 AM EST beginning March 14, 2013
Location: Online; participate in any or all of the nine sessions; which are available for on demand viewing after the live event.
Tuition: Free
Credits: Up to 1 CME/CE/CEU credit per session
Register: Home Front II

For additional War Zone to the Home Front II resources, visit the National Center for PTSD website.

The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program serves Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and military families affected by the “invisible wounds of war” – post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury – through clinical care, community education and research. www.homebaseprogram.org

Home Base is clinical advisor to Theater of War

Home Base Works With Theater of War to Connect with Student Veterans

In an effort to connect with Massachusetts student veterans and reduce the ongoing stigma of seeking care for the “invisible wounds of war,” Home Base has partnered with New England-area colleges to present Theater of War. Theater of War is an innovative project that presents readings from ancient Greek plays about iconic warriors, like Ajax, as a catalyst for town-hall discussions designed to raise awareness and de-stigmatize the psychological and physical wounds of war.

In the fall of 2011, Middlesex Community College, Salem State University, and Boston University hosted performances of Theater of War for over 700 students and faculty members. The three college performances were free to the public and resulted in vigorous, moving discussions of students, veterans, families, faculty and community members, as they responded to the powerful performance of acclaimed actor Reg E. Cathay (HBO’s The Wire), as Ajax, and the honesty and thoughtfulness of panel and audience members.

Planning is underway for fall 2012 performances of Theater of War on college campuses in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.

Theater of War has performed over 200 times for thousands of service members, veterans, and civilians throughout the United States, Europe, Japan—and Guantanamo. Home Base is clinical advisor to Theater of War. Our clinicians participated as panel members at the colleges, and our education team is helping to measure the impact of Theater of War on audience attitudes about deployment-related stress and the stigma associated with seeking care for the “invisible wounds of war.”

Home Base Program’s day-long clergy conference

Training School Nurses and Educators

Clinicians from the Home Base Family Team have partnered with the MA Department of Public Health to conduct a series of all-day training conferences for school nurses and educators. The trainings are designed to help schools recognize and address the needs of military children and families in their communities.

Trainings have been held in Boston at Northeastern University, Springfield at the Basketball Hall of Fame, and planning for a training in Southeastern Massachusetts is underway. The training conferences are open to school administrators, social workers and staff.

More than 13,000 Massachusetts children have a family member who is serving in the military. The training conferences are an opportunity for schools to share successful strategies in supporting military families.

“Many people make the mistake of thinking that military families no longer need help now that so many service members have returned home. But for many families, coming home is especially challenging if a family member is experiencing combat stress or signs of a traumatic brain injury,” said Kathy Clair-Hayes, MSW, MA, LICSW, Home Base Director of Family Outreach.

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.