PsychArmor Institute Expands School for Military, Veteran Caregivers and Families

Psych Armor Institute (PAI) is pleased to announce the addition of 15 new, online courses to the “School for Military and Veteran Caregivers and Families” sponsored by USAA. These integral additions to the course suite are made available on an anytime, anywhere basis, free to all through the PAI learning portal at www.psycharmor.org/caregivers, thanks to the generous sponsorship of USAA.

“Collaborating with our partners to make this new content available has enabled PsychArmor Institute to raise the bar on our already best in industry suite of courses for caregivers,” said Dr. Carie Rodgers, Education Director, PsychArmor Institute.

Launched in partnership with the national Hidden Heroes campaign, the programs strives to bring information, practical tools and resources to the estimated 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers who bravely sacrifice so much to care for our nation’s wounded service members.

Under the direction of PsychArmor Institute Clinical Director, Dr. Heidi Kraft, “Invisible Wounds of War” is comprised of seven courses helping family members and caregivers understand the basics of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), depression, and substance abuse issues. A clinical psychologist as well as a U.S. Navy and Iraq War veteran, Dr. Kraft brings a unique perspectives and clinical insight to the program.

In addition, PAI partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Program to develop a series of courses previously only available in audio format. Designed with engaging animation, videos and narration, the informative programs cover such topics as the power of communication, accepting and reframing grief, coping with isolation and the importance of carving out time for self-care.

Finally, PAI, Operation Family Caregiver, and the VA Caregiver Support Program joined forces to provide “The ABC’s of Respite” for caregivers. Narrated by Meg Kabat, National Director, Caregiver Support Program, Department of Veteran Affairs, the course provides practical education concerning the different types of respite, options and logistics for caregivers when arranging respite, and specifics about respite for caregivers of military veterans.

“This is an extensive overview of material that will provide answers and further resources for caregivers of all types who might be considering finally asking for that much needed break,” explained Rodgers. All courses are free to everyone and available at http://psycharmor.org/caregivers/.

About PsychArmor Institute

PsychArmor Institute is a national nonprofit that provides free education and support to all Americans who work with, live with, or care for military veterans and their families. PsychArmor recruits nationally recognized subject matter experts to create and deliver relevant online courses on issues related to veterans and their families. Our online training developers use engaging and interactive technology to deliver this critical information to the learner through a sophisticated learning management system. In addition, our “Helping you Help Veterans” support line provides continual assistance and vetted resources to civilians, ensuring they are armed with all the tools needed to effectively assist military veterans and their families. For more information and PsychArmor, follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@PsychArmor), or visit PsychArmor.org.

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