Smart Policy Works’ highly regarded state and national expertise informs capacity-building offerings on military culture, military sexual trauma, and supportive services for military families. These continuing education trainings and workshops are designed to teach care providers, behavioral health and legal professionals, and community members how to understand these issues and navigate public systems so they can better serve clients and their families.
The courses cover topics that are important and all encompassing when discussion surrounds the topic of how to address a veteran or service member on experiences they may have had – and making them feel comfortable disclosing and sharing that information.
Understanding Military Sexual Trauma for Behavioral Health Practitioners
This training focuses on victim advocacy and helping a client through the “toxicity of MST.” The presentation delves into topics of PTSD, substance abuse, and suicide as links to MST and how to clinically treat those patients as well as provide helpful therapies. Participants gain a wide range of skills and take away a new knowledge about helping MST survivors in a clinical setting in order to better their daily lives. (120 minutes, 2 CEUs)
Target audience: General community members, behavioral health providers, homeless providers
Providing Grief Counseling
This workshop focuses on providing counseling to families who have lost a loved one through a military-related death. Participants come to understand the role of military culture and the impact that the abrupt removal of a military support system can have on a grieving family. The class explains the unique psychological and financial challenges faced by survivors left behind, as well as resources available to families such as line of duty compensation, services provided by vet centers, and survivor benefits for children including scholarships. (120 minutes, 2 CEUs)
Target audience: Behavioral health providers, healthcare providers, homeless providers
Empowering Your Clients
In this workshop, participants will learn how to help clients like homeless Veterans or patients suffering from depression formulate visions for the future, how to encourage clients to engage in self-advocacy, how to employ strategies to catalog critical moves, and how to help reduce isolation and increase intimacy. Life satisfaction and goal setting tools that providers can use to help clients will also be discussed with the emphasis of partnering with clients for the achievement of goals set together. (120 minutes, 2 CEUs)
Target audience: Behavioral health providers, homeless providers, healthcare providers