Veterans Program To Help Returning Vets and Their Families

Free for veterans, their families and those who work with vets

July 17, 2015

Returning veterans can come home with more than their duffel bags. Knowing where to turn for help and how to help is often something that is confusing.

Penn Highlands Healthcare and SAMS, Service Access & Management Inc., Community Connection of Clearfield/Jefferson Counties, have come together to help veterans, their family members and those in the healthcare field understand more.

The third annual Returning Veterans and Their Families: Putting the Pieces Back Together will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, in the Assembly Room of the Central Resource Center of Penn Highlands DuBois, Hospital Avenue, DuBois.

Topics include:
Learning the differences between post-traumatic stress disorder and combat stress reaction.Combat stress reaction is generally short-term and can be confused for post-traumatic stress disorder as some of the symptoms are similar in nature
Participants will learn about the different treatments and theories for therapies for PTSD.
Pain treatment for veterans, and defining acute and chronic pain.
Understanding when trained therapy dogs can help, and identifying goals of the therapy.

The speakers for the day are Kristen Williams, nurse practitioner with the VA DuBois Primary Care Clinic; Rebecca Sorg-Myers, licensed professional counselor with Cen-Clear Behavioral Health of Philipsburg; and Gale Shay, licensed clinical social worker with the James E. Van Zandt Outpatient Clinic, DuBois.

At this event will also be a chance to meet with representatives of PH DuBois Behavioral Health Services, Community Care Behavioral Health Services, Clearfield-Jefferson Counties Suicide Prevention Team and PAWS: Puppy’s Assisting Wounded Warriors.

Lunch is provided. Nurses, physicians and EMS may receive continuing education hours for attending.

There is no fee to attend, but registration is required by July 27 to Cindy Carnahan of PH DuBois Organizational Development. Call her at 375-3428 or contact her at [email protected] Class size is limited to the first 80 registrations received.