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Military Caregiver & Family Courses

ABC's of Respite for Caregivers

What is Respite Care?

Subject Matter Expert: Martha Rañon

Duration: 9m 44s

The What is Respite Care is Part One of the ABC's of Respite Care Series. This course provides an overview of the Respite services available to caregivers and families. The goal of this course is to empower caregivers by informing them of where to find the help available to them as well as, educate caregivers about the difference between formal and informal Respite Care.

The ABCs of Respite for Caregivers is a 3 Part Series developed to explain the differences between formal and informal Respite Care, provide an overview of Respite services available, help caregivers choose the appropriate Respite Care and help caregivers overcome some of the unique barriers related to care-giving.

Created in partnership with Southern Caregiver Resource Center & Easter Seals.

ABC's of Respite for Caregivers

Advantages of Respite Care at Home

Subject Matter Expert: Martha Rañon

Duration: 12m 26s

Advantages of Respite Care at Home is Part Two of the ABC's of Respite for Caregivers series. This course describes how to assess which type of Respite Care is best for the caregiver and for the Veteran care recipient. The goal of this course is the help caregivers evaluate their current care-giving situation and decide which services are best for their Veteran care recipient.

The ABCs of Respite for Caregivers is a 3 Part Series developed to explain the differences between formal and informal Respite Care, provide an overview of Respite services availble, help caregivers choose the appropriate Respite Care and help caregives overcome some of the unique barriers related to care-giving.

Created in partnership with Southern Caregiver Resource Center & Easter Seals.

ABC's of Respite for Caregivers

Caregiver Support

Subject Matter Expert: Martha Rañon

Duration: 10m 4s

Caregiver Support is Part Three of the ABCs of Respite Care series. This course provides an overview of the unique challenges that Veteran caregivers face. This course will give cargivers tips on how Veteran caregivers can overcome some of the unique barriers related to care-giving.

The ABCs of Respite for Caregivers is a 3 Part Series developed to explain the differences between formal and informal Respite Care, provide and overview of availble Respite services, help caregivers choose the appropriate Respite Care and help caregives overcome some of the unique barriers related to care-giving.

Created in partnership with Southern Caregiver Resource Center & Easter Seals.

Invisible Wounds of War

What are Invisible Wounds?

INSTRUCTOR: Heidi Squier Kraft, PH.D.

Duration: 7m 1s

What are Invisible Wounds, is Part One of the Invisible Wounds of War Invisible Wounds of War (IWOW) Eight Part series. This course explains Invisible Wounds of War (IWOW). The goal of this course is to educate family members and caregivers of Veterans, who may be suffering with an Invisible Wound, about the non-physical wounds Veterans sometimes suffer from. The instructor differentiates between visible and invisible wounds.

The IWOW series was developed to educate family members and caregivers of Veterans about Invisible Wounds. This series informs caregivers about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Depression and Substance Use Disorder as it relates to servicemembers and Veterans.

Invisible Wounds of War

What is PTSD?

INSTRUCTOR: Heidi Squier Kraft, PH.D.

Duration: 9m 28s

What is PTSD, is Part Two of the Invisible Wounds of War Invisible Wounds of War (IWOW) series. This course educates learners about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Additionally, this course discusses how PTSD develops, the ways a person might become affected by a traumatic event and thus develop symptoms of PTSD. The instructor defines PTSD, as well as addresses some of the facts and myths associated with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

The IWOW series was developed to educate family members and caregivers of Veterans about Invisible Wounds. This series informs caregivers about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Depression and Substance Use Disorder as it relates to servicemembers and Veterans.

Invisible Wounds of War

Symptoms of PTSD

INSTRUCTOR: Heidi Squier Kraft, PH.D.

Duration: 10m 8s

Symptoms of PTSD is Part Three of the Invisible Wounds of War Invisible Wounds of War (IWOW) series.The PTSD Symptoms course is designed to provide family members and caregivers with an overview of the four categories of PTSD symptoms. The PTSD categories discussed in the course include Re-Living the event, Avoidance, Negative Mood Changes and Amped-up.

The IWOW series was developed to educate family members and caregivers of Veterans about Invisible Wounds. This series informs caregivers about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Depression and Substance Use Disorder as it relates to servicemembers and Veterans.

Invisible Wounds of War

PTSD, What Families Can Do

INSTRUCTOR: Heidi Squier Kraft, PH.D.

Duration: 17m 28s

PTSD, What Families Can Do is Part Four of the Invisible Wounds of War (IWOW) series. The PTSD, What Families Can Do course is designed to help caregivers and family members develop skills related to managing PTSD symptoms within the home.

The IWOW series was developed to educate family members and caregivers of Veterans about Invisible Wounds. This series informs caregivers about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Depression and Substance Use Disorder as it relates to servicemembers and Veterans.

Invisible Wounds of War

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

INSTRUCTOR: Heidi Squier Kraft, PH.D.

Duration: 8m 32s

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Part Five of the Invisible Wounds of War Invisible Wounds of War (IWOW) series. The Traumatic Brain Injury course was designed to educate caregiveres and family members of Veterans about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The three categories of a Traumatic Brain Injury discussed in this course include mild TBI, moderate TBI and severe TBI.

The IWOW series was developed to educate family members and caregivers of Veterans about Invisible Wounds. This series informs caregivers about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Depression and Substance Use Disorder as it relates to servicemembers and Veterans.

Invisible Wounds of War

TBI What Families Can Do About it

INSTRUCTOR: Heidi Squier Kraft, PH.D.

Duration: 12m 32s

TBI What Families Can Do About it is Part Six of the Invisible Wounds of War Invisible Wounds of War (IWOW) series. The What Families Can Do about TBI course is designed to inform caregivers and family members about how they can support their Veterans when they suffer with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

The IWOW series was developed to educate family members and caregivers of Veterans about Invisible Wounds. This series informs caregivers about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Depression and Substance Use Disorder as it relates to servicemembers and Veterans.

Invisible Wounds of War

Depression

INSTRUCTOR: Heidi Squier Kraft, PH.D.

Duration: 15m 24s

Depression is Part Seven of the Invisible Wounds of War Invisible Wounds of War (IWOW)series. The Depression course is designed to educate family memebers and caregives about depression. This course will describe the symptoms of Depression and how these symptoms present in the home.

The IWOW series was developed to educate family members and caregivers of Veterans about Invisible Wounds. This series informs caregivers about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Depression and Substance Use Disorder as it relates to servicemembers and Veterans.

Invisible Wounds of War

Substance Use Disorder

INSTRUCTOR: Heidi Squier Kraft, PH.D.

Duration: 14m 39s

Substance Use Disorder is Part Eight of the Invisible Wounds of War Invisible Wounds of War (IWOW) series. The Substance Abuse Disorder course was developed to educate caregivers and family members of Veterans about the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for people suffering with substance use disorder(s).

The IWOW series was developed to educate family members and caregivers of Veterans about Invisible Wounds. This series informs caregivers about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Depression and Substance Use Disorder as it relates to servicemembers and Veterans.

Mantram: Session One

What Mantram is & How to Choose One

INSTRUCTOR: Jill Bormann, Ph.D.

Duration: 14m 50s

What Mantram is and How to Choose One is the First Session in the Mantram series. The goal of this session is to teach caregivers self-care strategies they can use to manage unwanted thoughts and feelings. During the first session the instructor will also clarify the difference between Mantram and Mantra

Mantram for Caregivers is a Four Part Series intended for family members and caregivers who are caring for Veterans or servicemembers. This series will provide military family members and caregivers with the skills to cope with the unique challenges that they experience on a daily basis.

Mantram: Session Two

Slowing Down

INSTRUCTOR: Jill Bormann, Ph.D.

Duration: 11m 22s

Slowing Down is the Second Session in the Mantram series. The goal of this session is to teach family members and caregivers how they can use Mantram repetition to train their attention and regulate their emotions. During this session the instructor will describe the relationships between stress response, Mantram repetition and the relaxation response.

Mantram for Caregivers is a Four Part Series intended for family members and caregivers who are caring for Veterans or servicemembers. This series will provide military family members and caregivers with the skills to cope with the unique challenges that they experience on a daily basis.

Mantram: Session Three

One-Pointed Attention

INSTRUCTOR: Jill Bormann, Ph.D.

Duration: 9m 12s

One-Pointed Attention is the Third Session in the Mantram series. The goal of this session is to teach famliy memberes and cargivers how they can use Mantram repitition to improve concentration. During this session the instructor will point out how "Slowing Down" and "One-Pointed Attention" complement each other. Additionally, this course will describe the benifits of One-Pointed Attention for stress reduction.

Mantram for Caregivers is a Four Part Series intended for family members and caregivers who are caring for Veterans or servicemembers. This series will provide military family members and caregivers with the skills to cope with the unique challenges that they experience on a daily basis.

Mantram: Session Four

Putting it All Together

INSTRUCTOR: Jill Bormann, Ph.D.

Duration: 8m 7s

Putting it All Together is the Fourth Session in the Mantram series. The goal of this session is to teach famliy memberes and caregivers how they can use Mantram repitition to improve their health and well being. During this session will help the learner put what he or she has already learned in session one, two and three all together.

Mantram for Caregivers is a Four Part Series intended for family members and caregivers who are caring for Veterans or servicemembers. This series will provide military family members and caregivers with the skills to cope with the unique challenges that they experience on a daily basis.

Focusing on the Forgotten Me

Subject Matter Expert: VA Caregiver Support Program

Duration: 11m 44s

Focusing on the Forgotten Me is a course dedicated to teaching Caregivers about the importance of self-care. Many caregivers are aware of the golden rule, "You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others." However, often times caregivers neglect to care for themselves while caring for a loved one, especially Veteran caregivers.

The goal of this course is to provide Caregivers with strategies regarding how to identify signs of stress as well as, instruct caregivers on how to restore balance and vitality to their lives.

Created in partnership with Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Program.

Goodbye to Going it Alone

Subject Matter Expert: VA Caregiver Support Program

Duration: 12m 2s

Goodbye to Going it Alone is a course designed to educate Caregivers about self-care and on the importance of asking for help. Reaching out for help is commonly viewed as a sign of weakness, however asking for help takes a lot of courage and strength.

The purpose of the Goodbye to Going it Alone course is to educate caregivers on how to best care for themselves. additionally, this course discusses when and how to reach out and ask for help.

Created in partnership with Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Program.

Choosing Your Words

Subject Matter Expert: VA Caregiver Support Program

Duration: 15m 42s

Choosing Your Words is a course designed to teach Caregivers, who care for Veterans, how to communicate effectively. Communication is an essential skill for all caregivers. Acquiring this skill will help caregivers advocate for themselves, as well as advocate for their loved one.

The goal of this course is to provide caregivers with the essential skills necessary to communicate clearly and concisely. Additionally, this course was developed to help caregivers become aware of their own needs and challenges, and to provide caregivers with the tools and skills to effectively communicate those needs.

Created in partnership with Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Program.

Creating a Space for You

Subject Matter Expert: VA Caregiver Support Program

Duration: 10m 37s

Creating a Space for You is a course that discuss the unique challenges Veteran caregivers face when caring for a Veteran with an illness or injury that makes it difficult to leave the home.

This course will also discuss self-care for caregivers with the hopes that they will not neglect their own personal needs. The Creating a Space for You course will discuss how caregivers can create a sacred space for themselves in their home to ensure that they are focusing on their overall health and well-being.

Created in partnership with Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Program.

Good Grief

Subject Matter Expert: VA Caregiver Support Program

Duration: 15m 48s

Good Grief is a course dedicated to educating family members as well as people who care for Veterans, on how they can deal with grief and loss. Although it is rarely talked about, it is very common for military caregivers and familiy members to experience grief.

Grief is not just something individuals experience when there is a death of a loved one. For example grief can also occur when one loses his or her job, physical well-being or a pet. The purpose of this course is to help family and cargivers recognize his or her losses and provide them with coping strategies.

Created in partnership with Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Program.

Leaning In: Investing in a Challenging Relationship

Subject Matter Expert: VA Caregiver Support Program

Duration: 20m 24s

The Leaning In - Investing in a Challenging Relationship course is designed for military caregivers who are caring for a Servicemember or Veteran. This course provides information to help caregivers identify destructive behaviors in relationships as well as, promote healthy behaviors through communication and stress reduction skills.

The goal of this course is to help family members or caregivers recognize differences and conflicts within their relationship. Additinally, this couse will teach practical skills to help build, restore, and maintain a loving relationship.

Created in partnership with Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Program.

How to Connect with a Checked Out Vet

Subject Matter Expert: Dr. Sarah Nunink

Duration: 20m 24s

The How to Connect With a Checked Out Veteran course is designed for family members and caregivers of servicemembers and Veterans. This course was designed to provide information that will help the learner identify if their Veteran is checked out or emotionally disconnected. Additinally this cours explains how to rebuild an emotional connection with the servicemember or Veteran.

The goal of this course is to help a family memberers and/or caregivers recognize and avoid common mistakes when it comes to engaging with a checked out Veteran as well as, guide them to understanding how to approach their Veteran.

Created in partnership with Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Program.

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