August 11, 2020 | PHPCN | PTSD/Depression/Addiction: A Common Revolving Door for Veterans

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Title: PTSD/Depression/Addiction: A Common Revolving Door for Veterans

Webinar Presented by Cynthia A. Campbell-Samuels, RN, BSN, CHPN Lebanon VA Medical Center

Date: August 11, 2020

Time: 3pm - 4:30 EDT

About the event: The Pennsylvania Hospice and Palliative Care Network (PHPCN) and Veterans Community Partnership of South Central PA (VCP) serve as WHV Initiative State Leaders and are offering a free 4 part educational series for hospices to better assess and care for Veterans.

Target Audience: The primary target audience consists of social workers, nurses and chaplains along with members of the Interdisciplinary teams working with Veterans at the end of life.

Facilitator:  Cynthia has worked at the Lebanon VA Medical Center located in Lebanon, PA for 13 years.  She has been an educator for over 12 years in palliative and end of life care at both state and national levels.  Cynthia is a certified trainer for ELNEC and EPEC programs.  Her work includes establishing the No Veteran Dies Alone/ Palliative care program at Lebanon VA, the primary organizer of the Pennsylvania South Central Veterans Community Partnership, serves on the national committee in Veteran Affairs for Veteran Community Partnership Coordinators Committee and currently serves on the Pennsylvania Hospice and Palliative Care Network Board of Directors.

Event Description:  Deployment places Veterans at increased risk for symptoms of psychiatric illnesses, depression, and substance abuse. Many Veterans find themselves stuck in a revolving door of symptoms. Veterans may carry traumatic experiences and illnesses from their military service with them for years. These issues present unique challenges during the post-deployment stage and especially at the end of life. This overview will focus on PTSD, Depression, and Addiction: defining symptoms, how it relates to challenges in the delivery of care, and provide strategies for care to health care workers. 

      1.  Identify two basic characteristics of each of the three major psychosocial issues with veterans.

  1. Discuss key points of caring for veterans with PTSD, Addiction and/or Depression. 
  2. Identify two characteristics of veterans at “risk” to develop PTSD.  

Registration:  This is a FREE event. You MUST be a TPN.Health Member in order to access the webinar- if you are not a member please register for your complimentary membership HERE

Continuing Education:  This activity has been submitted to the National Association of Social Workers for approval to award continuing education credit hours of 1.5.