As the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, waves of service members from across Arkansas are returning to happy reunions with their loved ones back home. But the joy can be short lived once the realities of readjustment into everyday life begin to sink in.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) is making a major push to train behavioral health professionals across the state on how to help returning veterans and their families cope with the unique stress that results from these conflicts.
"Our goal is to have as many behavioral health care professionals in Arkansas as possible complete this important, FREE training by September 30," said DBHS Director Jennifer Gallaher. "The Service members and their families have made huge sacrifices for their country. We'd love to see the behavioral health professionals here do their part by getting the training they need to help them treat the invisible wounds of war."
Behavioral health care professionals can take special training in military culture, the impact of combat stress and deployment on children and families and PTSD. The training is being paid by Army OneSource, as part of a pilot project to better serve returning Service members. Army OneSource is a Secretary of the Army Initiative to provide community support and services to Soldiers and their families.
"The more we can understand their culture and the unique problems their families face, the better we can help them readjust to a happy life here in Arkansas," said Ann Brown, DBHS director of prevention, treatment and recovery.
Training is FREE, online and nationally accredited. If you are an Arkansas behavioral health professional or if you know one, please visit http://www.restofthewayhome.com to sign up for this important training and help bring our local heroes the rest of the way home.
For additional information about the training, email Ann Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.