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Trauma Assessment and Treatment of Veterans 

Welcome to CEU By Net.  We Offer CEUs in Trauma Injury Assessment and Treatment of Iraq and Afghanistan War Zone Veterans with PTSD, TBI, SUDs, and Other Silent Injuries - Which Often Don't Appear Until the Return to Home. Learn Why 'Coming Home' Is the Hardest Part of the War. And Why the Most Effective Treatment Is Self-Directed.  


Understand the 'Military Culture.'  It's a Major Factor in Treatment of the Traumatic Stress Injuries Sustained in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It's Also a Major Factor in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans' Desire to Return to the War Zone, Despite the Traumatic Injuries They Have Incurred.  'Redeployment to Home ... It's Harder Than The War.'  


Military personnel and veterans returning from the War Zones of the Middle East have a complex mix of neurobiological and emotional stress injuries unlike any previous war, and an internalized dedication to the Military Culture. These factors significantly impact the individual's response to the war and to treatment.  Maintaining self-control when under stress is an intrinsic characteristic of those who have internalized the military culture, and this standard is carried into the treatment and recovery process. 


Aside from the neurological effect of traumatic brain injury (TBI), there are a number of psychological and spiritual sequelae which result in Substance Use Disorders (SUDs), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anger, rage, paranoia, conflict leading to domestic violence, suicide, a sense of spiritual loss, and unearned guilt.   


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The Courses

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are different than previous wars.  The challenges in effectively counseling these men and women are different. Their 'silent injuries' require careful and respectful treatment and are not always best treated with traditional approaches.


We now offer two online CE courses about assessment and counseling with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and their families for war zone trauma injuries including PTSD, Substance Use Disorders (SUDs), TBI, and other 'stress injuries' - and the difficult process of 'coming home'.  Each course earns 5 Credit Hours and 5 PDHs - a total of 10 clock hours of CE if you take both courses.  (For NBCC, the courses earn 4.5 and 4 NBCC Hours respectively.) 


The two courses are derived from a larger training manual for social workers, counselors, therapists, and other treatment providers which is published in the public domain by the ATTC Network (Great Lakes ATTC), Human Priorities, CSAT, and SAMHSA - 'Finding Balance After the War Zone - Considerations in the Treatment of Post-Deployment Stress Effects - A Guide for Clinicians'.  You can take just one of the courses, or both.

Read on below, for a brief overview of each course - or just click the link in the description of each course (below) to go directly to the catalog, where you can read more about each course and can sign up if you wish. 




Course 5K - 5 Credit Hours - Part 1 of 'Finding Balance After the War Zone - Considerations in the Treatment of Post-Deployment Stress Effects - A Guide for Clinicians'

This course addresses the ASSESSMENT and TREATMENT of War Zone Stress Injuries seen in veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, including a clear understanding of the lingering biochemical changes which the unrelenting stress and trauma bring about.  The 'Stress Injuries' which are characteristic of deployments to the Middle East include PTSD, SUDs, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Depression - and oftentimes, loss of self-respect.

This course - and its companion Course 5L - also present a good understanding of the unique CULTURE of Military Service Units in the War Zone - both while there, and after they are re-deployed to home.  This course explores the reason why War Zone veterans feel that the hard part of the war is 'coming home.' 


The Hardest Part - Coming Home
Course 5L - Part 2 of 'Finding Balance After the War Zone - Considerations in the Treatment of Post-Deployment Stress Effects - A Guide for Clinicians' 
- 5 Credit Hours

 The COMPANION COURSE to Course 5K is Course 5L - which also awards 5 credit hours.  Course 5L focuses more directly upon the interaction between the provider and the War Zone veteran, and the specific CBT- and Skills-Based treatment interventions which are most effectively used to control the disturbing release of 'fight or flight' chemicals which are the nemesis of the current generation of war veterans. 

Of significant importance are the sections which focus upon how to avoid IATROGENIC EFFECTS in the process of service delivery (i.e., unintentional injury or worsening of the client's condition), and how to avoid running afoul of the internalized MILITARY CULTURE.  For example, the traditional confrontive approaches to SUDs treatment are not appropriate with Veterans - nor is the usual interpretation of 'powerlessness' encountered in 12 Step Programs. 

This course presents alternatives to traditional approaches often utilized in Substance Abuse treatment (confrontation and 'powerlessness') and in the treatment of PTSD (e.g., desensitization and immersion therapy).  As alternatives, a number of cognitive approaches are described which help the veteran to structure his own recovery process.  Finally, the CULTURE of the military unit at war is also discussed in more depth than in Course 5K.     



Approved_StatesCEU By Net is approved by multiple mental health and addiction Boards and Credentialing organizations.  Based upon these certifications, our CE Credit Hours and PDHs are accepted in almost every state for most behavioral health licenses. You can view a list of our APPROVALS by clicking this link.  

You may also check our interactive map, for your state, which contains some (but not all) information about our approval status in most states. 




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