For Professionals Working with Veterans

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No Wrong Door: Trainings for Professionals Working With Veterans with Brain Injury & PTSD

It has been estimated by a recent RAND study that as many as 20 percent of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) veterans experience TBI. The Department of Veterans Affairs has screened almost 250,000 OEF/OIF veterans. As service members return home, these numbers will increase. TBI is the “signature wound” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan due to its high occurrence in post-deployment service members and veterans.

The primary causes of TBI in veterans of current conflicts are blast injuries from exposure to improvised explosive devices, rocket-propelled grenades, and mortar/artillery shells, motor vehicle accidents and gunshot wounds. The Brain Injury Association of Nebraska presents one-day training for health care professionals who work with veterans with TBI and/or PTSD.

The purpose of the No Wrong Door training is to educate nurses, social workers, mental health, allied health professionals and law enforcement on the multiple needs of brain-injured veterans returning from Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn. It is our goal that a veteran or family member in any community can walk through a door and get the help he or she needs.

For a $50 registration fee, training offers seven or more contact hours (CEUs) for professionals. It is a low-cost way to earn CEUs and to make a difference in the lives of our service members and veterans. Employers, pastors or any interested members of the community are invited to attend as well.

Topics for the trainings include traumatic acquired brain injury; military culture and how it affects attitudes about seeking help; how military experiences, PTSD, and Brain Injury influence the emotions and behaviors of military members and their families; behavioral health components of combat-related stress and other deployment issues, family member reactions and family issues; suicide signs and symptoms available resources and support through the VA, military or community-based organizations.

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