April is the Month of the Military Child. Each year the Department of Defense honors military children and recognizes the role they play in their parent’s service. Here at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic in Dallas, we recognize the impact of children in the life of our veterans as well.
In their short lives, both of my children have experienced separation from their father for longer than 6 months. Though he’s not always in a war zone, it still affects them. They also have no clue where he is other than that he is at work.
The hardest part of this life is explaining the time and distance to our children. Their bright, shiny eyes see the days as an eternity. When my four-year-old sees a stack of clean uniforms sitting on the table and asks, “Is daddy working forever today or just a tiny bit?” it breaks my heart.
Thanks to strong performances at each Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic around the country, the network continues to earn top scores for Client Satisfaction and Client Improvements. Among the most important measurements is that 93% of all…
The Cohen Veterans Network sponsored two CVN Scholars to attend the 2018 Society of Social Work Research Conference recently. The SSWR Annual Conference is a scientific program that reflects a wide range of research interests in the contemporary social work field. This opportunity allowed our scholars to learn from and connect with connected with leaders in the field and learn about cutting-edge social work research.
Insomnia (sleep disturbance) has been established as a risk factor for mental illness, and is a hallmark symptom of post-traumatic brain disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and major depressive disorder (MDD), according to our sister organization Cohen Veterans Bioscience.
CVN Training is focused on strategic targets to promote successful, inclusive impact in the areas of collaboration, innovation and best practices.
At each Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic, the potential treatment options are built around current best practices based on research. Our clinics deliver client-centered, customized outpatient care and utilize Evidence-Based Practices for therapy and counseling.
Part of making sure that our veterans receive the care they deserve is understanding the intricacies of the family dynamic. In this sense, providing clinical services to our veterans and their identified family makes the most clinical sense. In doing so, we increase the overall likelihood of improved quality of life for veterans and their loved ones.
Next week the country will take notice and recognize the millions of veterans that have served in the United States military. While many of you will say “thank you” on November 11 to the veterans you know or encounter, as the leader of the Cohen Veterans Network I similarly want to honor the many veterans that are still serving in a different capacity.
The VA Center for Innovation and the Public Policy Lab have produced a report that provides an extensive look at the state of mental health for veterans. Many of the findings and anecdotes from veterans around the country parallel the basic principles that the Cohen Veterans Network was founded upon.
The cost to deliver mental health care is high and the Medicaid/Medicare/Private Insurance reimbursement rates are low. So, how do other community-based mental health organizations survive in this high demand, high acuity, and low reimbursement environment?
When it comes to doing social good, for- and non-profits have historically had an arm’s length relationship with each other. But some of the savviest non-profits and funders today are bringing the two closer together by drawing on principles we’re more used to seeing in the business world.
In the mental health literature that has emerged from psychological interventions following large-scale disasters, we have learned that psychological responses typically have distinct stages.
September is national Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the initiative holds the utmost importance in the veterans’ community. The Cohen Veterans Network is working to address this by offering a series of public webinars and messaging for the public to combat the issue.
When we think of a support system, a family member or a friend may come to mind. Although less common, a support system can be found unexpectedly within anyone’s community. Unique relationships form between veterans and their friends in unlikely places, shown through these three stories.
It is important for every individual to have a support system, which can take many forms. Friends can serve as each other’s support systems, and in some cases, a friend may also be a fellow veteran. Today we would like to share the stories of friendships between Paul & Nathanael and as well as Duery & Rick.
Throughout the month of August, CVN will share a series of stories focusing on different types of veteran support systems. These compelling stories come from the StoryCorps Military Voices Initiative. Today we would like to share two stories of family support: Papsy & Griselda and Scott & Zach.
Last week, Task and Purpose published an article regarding an extremely concerning bill that has already passed the House of Representatives as a part of the National Defense Authorization Act. This bill creates a voluntary “Oath of Exit” for Service Members to take upon retiring from service which states that they will not attempt or die by suicide.
As providers, it is critical to understand the unique challenges that members of the reserve forces may face, especially in light of the increased risk of suicide. National Guard and Reserve members, face the challenges and stressors of military and civilian lives, working to balance careers, fitness and readiness, family obligations, and more without the supportive infrastructure most active duty members experience.
There is no simple way of predicting what will be the thing that unravels an individual who was otherwise able to hold up well under stress. As I noted in part one, there isn't always a direct correlation between a mental health diagnosis and poor stress response.
Just about everyone who has been in uniform has had an early interaction with mental health in the military: someone — a recruiter or possibly a medical officer at a Military Entrance Processing Station will ask, “any history of mental health issues?” and if you want to stay in (of course you do, you just got here!) you will say “no!”
Over 35 years ago, experts coined the diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to describe the prolonged, troubling symptoms in the aftermath of experiencing a traumatic event. Recently, PTSD was re-categorized from an Anxiety Disorder to its own category of Trauma Related Disorders.
The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinics in San Antonio and Dallas have each recently marked their first anniversaries of serving veterans and families.
Caregivers of our service members and veterans play an important yet silent role in the health and wellness of our Military. Too often these caregivers are the unsung heroes who keep our service members focused on the mission and veterans focused on their transition.
In honor of Military Spouse day, CVN would like to share the story of Melinda. Melinda is the wife and caregiver of a Marine, as well as a mother.