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Swords to Plowshares offers Military Sexual Trauma Online Training: Apr 30, 2015

Swords to Plowshares

Military Sexual Trauma Online Training:  Treatment Considerations, and Access to Care + Benefits  

April 30, 2015 9:30AM - 12:30PM PDT (12:30PM EDT)
Join Swords to Plowshares for an online training on military sexual trauma with Swords to Plowshares and the California Department of Veterans Affairs.
It is imperative that community providers and advocates are aware of issues unique to veterans, including military sexual trauma, in order to meet their needs, provide trauma-informed culturally appropriate care, and where appropriate, assist them to identify and secure veteran specific benefits and care at the state or federal level. We know that a large number of veterans, especially women veterans, do not get their mental, physical or behavioral healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs.   
Instead, these veterans are seeking services in the community-based system of care and may be served by you. Some of these veterans may have undefined trauma as a result of their sexual assault or harassment in service, and need treatment from a culturally informed provider.
We will discuss access to care, parameters for successful VA benefit claims, and treatment considerations for providers, advocates, and others working on behalf of veteran men and women who have experienced military sexual trauma. Interactive case studies and opportunities for discussion will be provided.
Three (3) continuing education units are available for:
MFT, LPCC, LEP, and LCSW professionals licensed in California
From Swords to Plowshares:

  • Amy Fairweather, Director Institute for Veteran Policy at Swords to Plowshares
  • Starlyn Lara, Women Veteran Program Manager
  • Megan Zottarelli, Senior Analyst for the Institute for Veteran Policy at Swords to Plowshares

From the Department of Veterans Affairs:

  • Lindsey Sin, Deputy Secretary for Women Veteran Affairs at CalVet
  • Linda Benoit, Veterans Service Representative, Department of Veterans Affairs

Elements of Military Culture

  1. By the numbers: A demographic breakdown of service members and veterans
  2. Needs and challenges of those who serve

Military Sexual Trauma: Overview and Statistics

  1. Defining Military Sexual Trauma (MST) vs. Military Sexual Assault (MSA) vs. Civilian Sexual Assault
  2. Reporting statistics vs. unreported statistics
  3. Men vs. women survivors
  4. MST perpetrator information

Reporting ABCs

  1. Restricted vs. unrestricted
  2. Reporting after military separation
  3. Barriers to Reporting
  4. Repercussions of Reporting

Issues Related to MST

  1. Co-occuring/comorbidity of MST with PTSD, depression, substance abuse
  2. Homelessness
  3. Economic barriers

Health and benefits access

  1. Gender-specific barriers and considerations to care
  2. VA vs. community care and access
  3. VA claims related to MST (content and/or presenter from USDVA)

Unique Treatment Considerations

  1. Identifying veterans
  2. Separating the trauma from the veteran
  3. Specialized and culturally informed care and support
  4. Creating a trauma informed community

Resources - Benefits & Services Available to Veterans

  1. USDVA Programs:  Veterans Health Administration; Veterans Benefit Administration
  2. California Victim Compensation Program
  3. California Department of Veterans Affairs
  4. California Military Department - Sexual Assault and Prevention Program
Mental Health
Physical Well-Being
Women Veterans