Staff Perspective: Forces for Health - Warrior Wednesday

Staff Perspective: Forces for Health - Warrior Wednesday

Starting today and continuing on Wednesdays throughout May, CDP is proud to introduce a new, annual webinar series examining multi-disciplinary care for Service members, Veterans, and their families. "Forces For Health: Warrior Wednesday" is a four-part webinar series via the Zoom teleconferencing platform.This series is based on our involvement in the Joining Forces Wellness Week webinars in previous years. The goal of the series is to bring healthcare disciplines together to discuss culturally-informed, multi-disciplinary care and wellness for our Armed Forces members and Veterans across the lifespan. For more information or to register, click the links below or visit the Forces for Health webpage

This year's topics will include;

2 May: Healing the Spiritual Wounds of War - Moral injury is a rapidly evolving concept being used to describe aspects of invisible wounds of war that extend beyond the well-documented anxiety- and fear-based symptoms characteristic of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While related to PTSD, moral injury is distinctively characterized by exposure to or agency in perceived moral transgression, leading to experiences such as guilt, shame, and spiritual struggle. In this presentation, a psychologist and a chaplain from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Mental Health and Chaplaincy program will review moral injury through the lenses of psychology and spirituality, suggest opportunities for collaborative care, and employ veteran testimonials to explore various aspects of moral injury.

9 May: Trauma Informed Care: Empowering Warriors to Promote Recovery - The aims of the program are to define trauma-informed care, and identify why this approach is particularly relevant for military-connected patients. In addition, presenters will provide practical strategies that providers and organizations can use to deliver care in a trauma-informed way. Presenters will identify “best practices” for trauma-informed care across a range of disciplines and specialties, and discuss how to implement these practices in a way that is culturally-competent for military-connected Veterans.

16 May: Facilitating a Multidisciplinary, Culturally-informed Response to Interpersonal Violence and Anger - This webinar will provide an overview of challenges related to anger for Service Members and Veterans, including common stereotypes, risk markers for anger and violence and recommendations for multidisciplinary assessment and treatment approaches. Strategies for providers to employ to manage anger within appointments will also be discussed. Part 2 of the webinar will focus on a multidisciplinary approach to the detection of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in healthcare settings with military-connected patients as well as specific intervention strategies.

23 May: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Management of Pain and Opioid Misuse Prevention - Pain is a public health concern in the United States: more than 100 Million people report suffering from pain, and about 10% of the population have severe pain. Overprescribing of opioid medication has contributed to a wave of overdose deaths and suicides, and about 2 Million people in the US have addiction or are dependent on opioids. The opioid crisis is a public health emergency that requires new approaches. This course will outline how team-based multidisciplinary pain care grounded on the biopsychosocial model of pain improves functioning of patients with chronic pain, while reducing reliance on opioid medication. Based on the federal health care systems in the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the speakers will outline models to integrate behavioral, exercise/movement therapies and complementary integrative health modalities to successfully treat pain. A Stepped Care Model for Pain Management emphasizes patient and family/caregiver education in self care/self management. The course will provide an overview of evidence-based non-pharmacological modalities that are recommended for inclusion into multimodal pain care, in particular behavioral and complementary integrative health (CIH) approaches. Reducing opioid prescribing, implementing opioid risk mitigation strategies, and access to opioid use disorder including medical assisted treatment are important tools as we combat the opioid crisis in the US.

Participants who register, attend, and complete a post-training course evaluation/knowledge evaluation will be eligible to receive one free CE. If you are unable to attend the live presentation, a recorded version will be available for on-demand viewing through CE21. We hope you will join us for one or all of this month's presentations!