Virtually every single person in our society has been affected by war. Almost everyone has a personal story or a family member who has been damaged by war. We all live with the legacy of war’s trauma, and we are affected by war in ways most of us are not even conscious of.
-Andy Himes, producer, Voices in Wartime
We are especially interested in hearing from people trained and experienced in working with children and adolescents, as we move to meet the needs of couples and families. Eventually we will be looking for group leaders and workshop leaders/trainers and psychoeducation teachers.
**Veteran’s Heart Georgia is committed to enhancing the skills of healing professionals. Since 2008 we have been creating and sponsoring training workshops. One of our past workshops was led by Dr. Blaine Everson, author of FAMILIES UNDER FIRE, on Friday, September 9, 2011– a special date, so near the 10the anniverary of 9/11/01–and provided a systemic approach for working with families of active duty military and veterans. Our most recent workshop was taught by Dr. Ed Tick and Dr. Sara Lopez and guided us in TRAVELING THE WARRIORS JOURNEY. In the future we plan to explore a virtual military experience at the Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning for helping professionals and civilians, as well as a workshop on the interface of mTBI and PTSD for mental health professionals.
Other resources to augment the professional’s knowledge base include:
The Coming Home Project, www.ComingHomeProject.net, has a Training Library with excellent video presentations. We highly recommend the series by John Briere, and the program on Military Culture. The recent program, “Working With Children in Military Families” is also excellent.
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Many professionals will be needed to carry out our mission of healing the wounds of war. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN EXPLORING YOUR PLACE IN THIS HEALING WORK, PLEASE CONTACT US, JOIN US.
I held out my hands & asked where I could help & somebody grabbed me & pointed me towards the future & said, You’ve got your work cut out for you & I said, isn’t there anything easier? & he laughed & said you could dig around in the past but it’s just busywork & that made perfect sense so I shrugged & started right where I was, along with everyone else
-Brian Andreas, www.storypeople.com