Online: Caring for Children and Teens in Military Caregiving Families

A Three-Part Professional Development Training for Healthcare Providers and Care Teams

This three-part training was developed in conjunction with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.  Spouses/partners of military personnel or veterans with service-related injuries give insights about their children's roles with caregiving, their in experiences interacting with healthcare providers for their children, and what they wish providers would do differently or better.

This education is intended to increase the ability of primary, specialty, and behavioral health care providers and care team members to understand and support the needs of children and teens from military and veteran families- specifically, children and teens who have a parent with service-related injuries and/or illness.

This series offers a total of 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.

Contact Information:

  • For CE or technical questions regarding this course, please contact the CE Coordinator, Betsy Lee | betsy.lee@nemours.org 
  • For more information about this training or the Hidden Helpers Coalition, please contact nationaloffice@nemours.org.

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Course summary
Course opens: 
12/29/2023
Course expires: 
12/31/2025
Cost:
$0.00

Module 1: An Introduction to Hidden Helpers

Learning Objectives: At the end of this module, learners will be able to:

  • Recall the definition of military and veteran caregivers and Hidden Helpers.
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of family caregivers and Hidden Helpers in caregiving.
  • Understand the need for providing care to children in military and veteran families via a holistic and supportive approach.

 

Module 2: Letting Families and Patients Lead: Understanding What Being Part of a Military Caregiving Family Means to the Patient

Learning Objectives: At the end of this module, learners should be able to:

  • Recall key concepts and principles of trauma-informed care and its relevance in supporting Hidden Helpers.
  • Provide examples of how healthcare professionals can utilize trauma-informed care strategies during patient visits.
  • Explain why some Hidden Helpers and/or their parent(s) may be concerned about sharing details of the child or teen’s caregiving role or the realities of their military or veteran caregiving household.

 

Module 3: Supporting the Mental Health of Hidden Helpers

Learning Objectives: At the end of this module, learners will be able to:

  • Explain why some military and veteran families may be hesitant to share information about a child or teen’s behavioral health issues.
  • Describe barriers to mental health care for caregiving families, including limited providers in insurance systems.
  • Apply strategies to assess child well-being in a holistic manner, including sleep, school performance, and other health-impacting aspects of daily life.
  • Explain why healthcare professionals who treat Hidden Helpers should be knowledgeable about PTSD and secondary PTSD.
Acknowledgements: The training modules were made possible through the time and expertise of military and Veteran families who provided input, as well as other experts, advisors, and the project team. For a full list of project participants, right click on the link below to open it in a new tab.
Course Director(s)

Kara Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS, FAAFP

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.
Planner(s)

Kathleen Blackburn, MSW

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Allison Gertel-Rosenberg, MS

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Leah Hellwege, BA

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Meghan Lines, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Amanda Lochrie, PhD, ABPP

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Lisell Perez-Rogers, MA, LGPC

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.
 
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