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Welcome to CEU By Net.  This Page Provides Information About Our Two New Online CE Courses Focusing Upon Assessment and Counseling with Iraq and Afghanistan War Zone Veterans with PTSD, TBI, SUDs, and Other Silent Trauma Injuries.  Learn Why 'Coming Home' Is the Hardest Part of the War.

Understand the 'Military Culture' - A Major Factor in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans' Desire to Return to the War Zone.

'Redeployment to Home ... It's Harder Than The War.' 

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The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are different than previous wars.  The challenges in effectively counseling these men and women are different. 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.   

These two courses - sponsored by CEU By Net and focusing upon the treatment of war zone related trauma and 'silent injuries' - are FREE TO READ.  You pay ONLY if you want to take a quiz to earn a certificate.  Take just one course or both - these are separate courses.

The two courses are derived from the larger manual for 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'. 

Read on below, for a brief overview of each course, and the goals for each - 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. 

These are 'Quiz Only' courses, which means that you can read, download, and print all of the course materials AND the quizzes for FREE, before you decide to enroll in the course.  In the catalog, you can actually sign up for the course if you wish, to earn instantly downloaded certificates. 

 

Understanding The War Zone - Coming HomeUNDERSTANDING POST-DEPLOYMENT TRAUMA IN AND AFTER THE WAR ZONE - and HOW TO ADDRESS IT.     

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, AOD Usage Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Depression.

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.'  Want a preview? Go Here  

The Hardest Part - Coming HomeCourse 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 AOD 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 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.  Want a quick preview of Course 5L?  Go Here

Goals of These Two Courses:

Course 5K -

• Understand the complexity of DUAL DIAGNOSIS ‘operational STRESS INJURIES’ which are incurred in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan – from the neurological effects of trauma to the psychological and spiritual effects – including Substance Use Disorders (SUDs), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

• Understand the embodied stress reactions and protective mechanisms that are common in military personnel returning from deployment in a war zone, including the chemical imbalances that result from intense or unrelenting threat, stress, and trauma.

• Recognize (1) that individuals may instinctively seek to remedy their combat stress effects through ‘self-medicating’ with alcohol, street drugs, and misuse of prescription medications, and (2) that cessation of AOD use may trigger the emergence of a persistently traumatized ('frozen') biochemical status.

• Obtain an understanding of the mechanism through which unconscious stored memories and other symptoms of trauma begin to emerge at higher levels of intensity, when alcohol and drugs leave the veteran's system.

• Develop introductory knowledge about what factors and situations contribute to an individual's resilience vs. vulnerability to trauma and stress in a war zone - including the MILITARY CULTURE that assists with developing resilience and which makes 'going home' particularly difficult for veterans.

• Become aware of some basic misconceptions about military personnel and veterans who present with Stress Injuries which have been incurred in a war zone, which can result in misguided counseling interventions.

• Know some basic things to do and not do when working professionally with a person who has significant war zone Stress Injuries - and learn that a CBT approach to helping the individual find his own path to peace and the quieting of stress-related chemicals is important.  
 

Course 5L -

 

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