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SC MIRECC Clinical Education Products
SC MIRECC has several products created by clinicians and researchers for mental health care providers to use with Veterans and their families and caregivers to help them understand and manage stress, mental health issues, communication, parenting, reintegrating into life after military service, and many other topics. These products are free to the public and can be downloaded below. Use our order form to receive a hard copy by mail. Email your order form to VISN16SCMIRECCEducation@va.gov or fax to (713) 748-7359. Our complete inventory of products can be accessed on our clinical education products webpage. Join our email list to receive SC MIRECC updates.
NEW!! Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for PTSD. Aids clinicians in implementing a 10-week acceptance and commitment therapy group for Veterans with trauma-related disorders. It includes a clinician manual with detailed session-by-session guidelines and a Veteran Handbook that includes notes and homework assignments. The manual offers specific guidance in utilizing the ACT framework to introduce Veterans to exposure therapy.
Therapist Manual | Patient Handbook
A Veteran's Guide to Talking With Kids About PTSD. This pamphlet can be used independently by a Veteran or in conjunction with a therapist as part of a therapy group, class, or workshop. The resource is honest, yet gentle in encouraging Veterans to consider their hopes and fears in talking with their kids about PTSD. Parents’ strengths are emphasized, and readers are encouraged to draw upon support from family members, friends, other Veterans, and mental health professionals. This resource is rooted in a recovery approach and instills hope in Veteran parents, for both themselves and their children.
NEW!! Collaborative Safety Planning for Older Adults. This brief manual is designed to be used by VA staff members. The manual is a collection of best practices and practical tips for safety planning, with a focus on issues that are common in older adult patients. The purpose of the collaborative approach is to increase the quality of safety plans and the likelihood that they will be understood and used by Veterans. This manual can be used on its own by staff who are familiar with safety planning. Ideally, staff would hold a training to discuss manual content, demonstrate techniques, and answer questions.
Manual / Wallet Card
Community Reinforcement and Family Training - Support and Prevention (CRAFT-SP). This family education manual is adapted from earlier work on the CRAFT model by Dr. Robert Meyers. The program is designed to aide family members in improving their relationship with the addict/user, while encouraging the individual to seek treatment.
Delirium: What Families Need to Know. This brochure is intended to help families and caregivers of Veterans understand and manage sudden changes in thinking or behavior in loved ones. This brochure explores the definition of delirium, risk factors for developing delirium, symptoms, how clinicians manage delirium when it develops, and tips for helping loved ones who are experiencing delirium.
Dementia and Driving: Hanging Up the Keys. This video helps providers identify and address driving problems for persons with dementia and can be used to educate families and Veterans and provide strategies about stopping driving.
NEW!! Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Visual Review. Video training on DBT program modules (individual therapy, group therapy, consultation team, and phone coaching) and skills (mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation). It is geared towards mental health clinicians who would like to learn more about DBT or enhance their current DBT practices. The training can also be viewed by clients or used during individual or group DBT therapy to provide psychoeducation
Videos and Handouts
LifeGuard, Operation: Coming Home. This website gives returning Veterans and their family members an opportunity to experience five skills that help them respond to the thoughts, feelings, and memories that occur on a daily basis after deployment and reintegrate into their communities and families.
MAPS: A Guide to Managing Adult Psychiatric Symptoms for Family Members and Friends. This caregiver support packet is designed to be provided to family members of Veterans who are diagnosed with a mental illness, especially family members who cannot attend support/psychoeducational groups at the VA. Content information describes various mental illnesses and addresses caregiver stress.
Operation Enduring Families Manual. This 5-session psychoeducational class is for returning Iraq and Afghanistan war Veterans and their families. Topics include deployment and its impact on the family; parenting tips; communication skills; coping with depression, PTSD, and anger; and reconnecting as a family. The manual also includes promotional materials, leader’s guide, and participant handouts.
NEW!! Pocket Guide for Clinicians for Management of Chronic Pain. Helps primary care clinicians and trainees gain a basic understanding of pain and facilitate early assessment and interventions. It gives a brief synopsis of the various aspects of pain management including the types of pain, neurobiology of pain, common medical and psychiatric co-morbidities and the essential elements of pain assessment. In addition, there is an overview of Stepped Care Model for Pain Management, and the various pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions known to be effective for pain management.
Pocket Guide | Pocket Guide with Printer's Crop Marks
NEW!! Provider Communication: Education and Practice in a Veterans Healthcare System. Addresses provider-patient communication within the VA system. It provides concrete and empirically supported techniques that can be used by providers to improve Veteran understanding of their healthcare in any department. The training incorporates significant interactive components, allowing groups of providers to share effective communication techniques with each other.
Video | Facilitator Manual | Wallet Card
REACH: Reaching Out to Educate and Assist Caring, Healthy Families. This is a multifamily group psychoeducational program for Veterans living with PTSD and their families.
Provider Manual | Student Manual
SAFE Program Manual-Revised. An 18-session workshop and resource guide for educating families of Veterans with chronic mental illness. Very helpful if starting family services for first time.
Veteran Parenting Toolkits. This toolkit includes five sets of age-specific parenting materials for young Veteran parents and their partners.
Working with Couples Training Modules. These six modules provide an overview of essential content and skills for treating the Veterans and their partners or spouses who struggle with communication problems, anger and conflict, mental illness, trauma, and reintegration into the family after deployment. This training targets VA clinicians but may be helpful to non-VA providers who work with Veterans. Additional training and supervision are required to become competent to provide couples therapy.
Last updated: December 15, 2017
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