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  1. CareForTheTroopsEMDR Lunch Time Overview

  2. Topics • Overview of CareForTheTroops • Clinician Initiatives • Congregation/Community Initiatives • Website Overview • Weekend II admin/logistics

  3. Mission of • Work to improve the ability of the civilian mental health infrastructure in the State of Georgia, then nationally, to work with military family members • Facilitate connecting military families to providers of spiritual and psychological services familiar with the military culture and trauma • Focus on addressing combat stress recovery as well as other spiritual and mental health related problems impacting the marriages and families of military veterans • Educate and train clinicians, congregation and community leaders, extended family, and civilian groups about the military culture and trauma associated with military deployments in order to better assess and treat mental health symptoms, and provide more effective referrals and care • Provide opportunities for additional trauma treatment training to clinicians • Operate in an interfaith, non-political manner, focusing on the humanitarian interest that benefits the veterans and their extended family members

  4. Organization 501c3 status has already been approved by the IRS Current Board of Directors: President Rev Robert Certain, Rector, Episcopal Church of St Peter and St Paul (USAF) Exec Director Peter McCall (USArmy) Member Bill Harrison, Partner, Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins LLP (USAF) Member William Matson, Exec Director, Pathways Community Network, Atlanta, GA Member Alan Baroody, Exec Director, Fraser Counseling Center, Hinesville, GA Member Joseph Krygiel, CEO of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Atlanta (US Navy) Current Partners: The Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (GAMFT) The EMDR Network of Clinicians in Georgia Pathways Community Network, Inc Fraser Counseling Center, Hinesville, Georgia (nearby Fort Stewart) Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta Presbytery of Atlanta and the Presbyterian Women of Atlanta Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of Atlanta Georgia CBF (Cooperative Baptist Fellowship) Lutheran Synod of North Georgia

  5. Approach Affected Systems Extended Family Members Person in need of support Congregations Children Employers Spouse Parents Military Member Siblings Grandparents Community

  6. The next set of charts provide a simulation of using the website with clinicians in mind

  7. This is the top of the Home Page

  8. Home Page The drop-down menu for Mental Health Professional is opened up. In this case, selecting the Enroll with CFTT page Note the other options available

  9. Back to the top of the Home Page A key piece of the web site is the Resource Library with the 4 selections shown. This material is updated periodically. The reference material is weekly.

  10. Training is key. This shows the training events we are aware of. Both from CFTT and from other organizations. Please visit it periodically and also let us know of training you hear about to share with others.

  11. Go To Website

  12. The next set of charts provide a simulation of using the website with congregations in mind

  13. Why Congregations • “…With research consistently showing that clergy - not psychologists or other mental health experts - are the most common source of help sought in times of psychological distress…” based on a Baylor University study Oct 2008 • The results were published in Mental Health, Religion and Culture. • Congregations already know their local community which is important if we are to address the needs across the entire State (and Nation). • Often they already belong to a local interfaith community, e.g. the local Covenant Churches of East Cobb • There is the opportunity to access the existing “networks” within the larger faith communities, e.g. the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta with the help of the Catholic Charities Atlanta network or the 93 congregation in the northern Episcopal Diocese.

  14. Military Ministry Programs • Purpose • The set of programs is intended to address the • entire extended family members associated with • the person that is or has been in the military. The • programs have the following goals: • Help the congregation members maintain an awareness of the existence and needs of those sacrificing their time and efforts to support our country • Create an environment of acceptancewithin the congregation for any extended family member who worships or visits the congregation; acceptance of their needs (physical, material, and spiritual), and a willingness to join in their struggles, whatever they might be

  15. Military Ministry Programs

  16. VFC vs Lead Congregation Responsibilities

  17. What do we ask Congregation to do • Gain Agreement from the Congregation’s Leadership for the Ministry • Assign a Ministry Leader • Recruit and Form a “team”, “group”, “committee” • Decide which Programs to begin and/or enhance • Sign-up as a CFTT VFC* – connect with the Lead Congregation • Consider being a Lead Congregation and work with CFTT * A VFC is a Veteran Friendly Congregation

  18. Back to the top of the Home Page The menu for Congregation Leaders is opened up. In this case, selecting the About Congregation Programs page

  19. Go To Website

  20. Final Comments for Clinicians reference CareForTheTroops • Help For You • Use the web site as a resource • Information and reference material • Training • Referrals • Use you involvement with CFTT to help market your practice • Help for Us • Enroll in the CFTT database • Publicize CFTT to community and congregations • Would you consider being a Trainer using material like you see today?

  21. EMDR Weekend II admin/logistics • Weekend II for this group • May 21st to 23rd • Here in Athens • Probably this same location • Use code “CFTT_ATHENS” if you have applied for a Scholarship • If not the able to attend May 21st, need to find another HAP weekend II • Another EMDR Weekend I and II this year ?? • Looking for another non-profit co-sponsor • Will want to do it in another city

  22. In Closing…Consider These Next Steps • Look for more training opportunity to learn about treating the military. Visit • If not yet trained in a trauma treatment technique, consider getting that training, e. g. EMDR (Jan 15-17 Weekend I in Athens) • If you are willing to work with military families, enroll in the CareForTheTroops database • Consider being a trainer to outreach to community organizations, congregations, and other counselors • to participate in the CFTT initiative • to market your practice Handout – L1, M1