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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Charlie Mike = Continued Mission


Charlie Mike = Continued Mission
Impressions of Charlie Mike, by Joe Klein

Social service providers of various disciplines have been observing that the Post 9/11 generation of veterans return from military service wanting to still be of service. Among veterans, this phenomenon is known as Charlie Mike, or Continue Mission. Not surprising there has been a book written

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Lioness: Women in Combat


Lioness: Women in Combat
Impressions from the documentary "Lioness"

When the documentary Lioness (2008) was released, Department of Defense policy barred female service-members from direct ground combat. This documentary followed five female soldiers who operated in the “gray zone” when it came to combat. These women were pulled from support commands and

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Monday, October 16, 2017

VTSC is now an approved continuing education provider for psychologists


VTSC is now an approved continuing education provider for psychologists
The Veterans Training Support Center is now approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.

Curious why VTSC workshops are now listed as being worth CEs rather than CEUs? This fall, VTSC was approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. That means that VTSC workshops meet the high standards established by the APA to offer continuing

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Mindfulness is Plentiful in “The Post-Traumatic Insomnia Workbook”


Mindfulness is Plentiful in “The Post-Traumatic Insomnia Workbook”
A review of the book "The Post-Traumatic Insomnia Workbook," by Karin Elorriaga Thompson & C. Laurel Franklin

Most veteran service providers can attest to the many barriers veterans experience when attempting to access effective counseling. With that knowledge & the hope to help someone close to me to ‘get better,’ I read the book The Post-Traumatic Insomnia Workbook by Karin Elorriaga Thompson & C.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

The Takeaways from Adaptive Disclosure


The Takeaways from Adaptive Disclosure
This post serves as an overview of the book "Adaptive Disclosure: A new treatment for military trauma, loss, and moral injury," and how the concepts apply to the work therapists do.

The VTSC is very lucky to have Dr. Matthew Jakupcak as one of our trainers, aka subject matter experts. Some of you may remember his training on Moral Injury and Adaptive Disclosure this past summer. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend but still wanted to learn something about the topic. I read

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Takeaways from The High Conflict Couple


The Takeaways from The High Conflict Couple
This blog serves as an overview of the book "The High Conflict Couple," and how the concepts apply to military populations.

I frequently read through the reconciled data from our workshop evaluations in order to make programmatic decisions. Given the mass of requests for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training & our upcoming training on Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy with Veterans & Their Partners, I felt

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Red Cross Workshops through VTSC


Red Cross Workshops through VTSC
VTSC is proud to offer 2 workshops for veterans & their families in partnership with the Red Cross

VTSC is proud to offer two workshops in partnership with the Red Cross. The two workshops include:

  • Exploring Stress & Trauma; on June 13th, 2017, from 10-1130am
  • Identifying Depression; on June 16th, 2017, from 10-1130am

Both of these workshops are open to Veterans & their family members. RSVP

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Online Registration is Now Through CampusCE


Online Registration is Now Through CampusCE
New Registration System = Changes

Due to current operating needs the VTSC is switching registration software from RegOnline to CampusCE.

We are doing everything we can to ensure a smooth transition, and yet we are still expecting a learning curve for both our staff & workshop attendees. Please be patient with us! With the new

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Monday, May 1, 2017

3 Takeaways from “Upside: The new science of post-traumatic growth”


3 Takeaways from “Upside: The new science of post-traumatic growth”
A review of the book "Upside: The new science of post-traumatic growth"

When I was preparing for the Post-Traumatic Growth Workshop (April 21st, 2017), I began to think about weaving the areas of growth into various modalities to 1) promote growth and 2) work as a preventative measure in mental wellness. This thought process was first initiated by reading Upside: The

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

3 Takeaways from “What It Is Like To Go To War”


3 Takeaways from “What It Is Like To Go To War”
What It Is Like To Go To War

From my very first day as the Director of the VTSC, I have been repeatedly encouraged to read What It Is Like To Go To War, by Karl Marlantes. Our trainers, my predecessors, & workshop attendees have all expressed their praises for this book. Will it live up to my expectations?

What It Is Like

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