CDP's Forces for Health Webinar Series

The CDP is happy to introduce a new, annual webinar series examining multi-disciplinary care for Service members, Veterans, and their families. Based on our involvement the last several years in the Joining Forces Wellness Week webinar series, we are starting "Forces For Health: Warrior Wednesdays." This year's five-part series of webinars are available for registration/on-demand viewing below.

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. This year's topics will include; Moral Injury, Interpersonal Violence and Anger, Trauma-Informed Care, and Chronic Pain and Opioid Misuse Prevention. Register for one or the whole series!

Continuing education sponsored by PESI and available for archived streaming after the series is completed by CE21. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us here.

Moral Injury: Healing the Spiritual Wounds of War - 2 May 2018
DESCRIPTION:
 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.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate psychological and spiritual perspectives on moral injury.
  2. Assess moral injury and corresponding avenues for care to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
  3. Pursue integrated approaches to moral injury care.

View Recording of Moral Injury Presentation


Trauma Informed Care: Empowering Warriors to Promote Recovery - 9 May 2018
DESCRIPTION: 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.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:

  1. Appraise the unique healthcare needs and challenges experienced by trauma survivors when seeking medical care
  2. Articulate specific strategies for providing trauma-informed care

View Recording of Moral Injury Presentation


Facilitating a Multidisciplinary, Culturally-informed Response to Interpersonal Violence and Anger - 16 May 2018
DESCRIPTION:
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.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:

  1. Establish the prevalence of anger-related problems in Veterans and Service members.
  2. Determine assessment and treatment strategies for problematic anger.
  3. Articulate strategies for detection and intervention of intimate partner violence (IPV) in medical settings.

View Facilitating a Multidisciplinary, Culturally-informed Response to Interpersonal Violence and Anger


A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Management of Pain and Opioid Misuse Prevention - 23 May 2018
DESCRIPTION:
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.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate at least three evidence-based components of multidisciplinary/multimodal pain care for patients with chronic pain.
  2. Appraise risk mitigation strategies for opioid therapy recommended by national guidelines and its treatment implications.​

View Recording of Moral Injury Presentation


Be Ready: The Role of Culturally-Informed Multidisciplinary Care in Recovery - 26 July 2018, Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern
DESCRIPTION:
Over the past decade, both the demand for health care services among Veterans and the wait times experienced by Veterans have increased, which has led the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to purchase private care to meet this demand and decrease wait times. As a result, VA now purchases private care for a third of its appointments. But is the quality of this care on par with VA? What is the experience of clinicians providing private care to Veterans? And, most importantly, what is the readiness of providers to deliver culturally competent care to Veterans?

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:

  1. Appraise the state of overall provider readiness for a military-connected population
  2. Articulate components of culturally competent care for Veterans​
  3. Identify strategies to increase readiness and enhance culturally-informed care for military-connected patients​

Register for The Role of Culturally-Informed Multidisciplinary Care in Recovery