This toolkit supports the behavioral health and wellness of Veterans receiving services outside the VA health care system. Resources available in this toolkit include information on screening for military service, handouts and trainings to increase knowledge about military culture and mini-clinics focused on relevant aspects of behavioral health and wellness.
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Has your client served in the military? You may be surprised to hear that military background is not always shared by Veterans with their health care providers. Asking about military service is simple, quick and can have important implications for available benefits.
Serving in the military is a way of life. The military is a rich and distinct culture, made up of shared history, values, symbols, and perspectives. Within this culture are subgroups - each military branch has unique characteristics.
Mini-Clinics are intended to provide clinicians with easy access to useful Veteran focused treatment tools. Each mini-clinic is focused on a different mental health condition and highlights key tools in areas including assessment, training, and educational handouts.
Our third issue of Recovery Update is up! This issue features information on putting the recovery model intro practice, utilizing Supported Employment (SE) in psychosocial recovery, and choosing to disclose stigmatized aspects of self. PLUS -- recovery reminders from VA Puget Sound and an "Ask a Veteran" section from a national panel of Veterans Mental Health Councils (VHMC). The key topics are: