Presentation Title

Outside the VA: A Clinicians' Guide to Veteran Services

Location

Guzman 201, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-17-2019 4:00 PM

End Date

4-16-2019 5:00 PM

Department

Counseling Psychology

Student Type

Graduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

Carlos Molina, EdD, MFT

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

This manual is a clinicians’ guide to better serve and understand the United States veteran population. It is beneficial for veterans, their spouses and dependents who are unsure whether or not they or their veteran qualify to receive benefits and services. Veterans are a vulnerable population that can face severe mental, physical, and social issues both during and after their service. Only about 30 percent of Veterans receive VA health care and fewer than 50 percent use any VA benefits or services at all (US Dept. Of Veteran Affairs 2018); the target goal is reaching a larger number of veterans who are not utilizing these available, and often times free benefits and services so that it may have a positive impact on reducing veteran suicide numbers through offering an educational resource to the individuals themselves and those treating them. Within this manual is a review of research about understanding veteran suicide rates, the different modes for prevention as well as the treatments they are given, and the issues behind accessing medical and mental healthcare services. Also, there are several different options within this manual to offer guidance on how, as a clinician to better assist a veteran to understand the VA and what types of resources are out there for veterans.

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Outside the VA: A Clinicians' Guide to Veteran Services

Guzman 201, Dominican University of California

This manual is a clinicians’ guide to better serve and understand the United States veteran population. It is beneficial for veterans, their spouses and dependents who are unsure whether or not they or their veteran qualify to receive benefits and services. Veterans are a vulnerable population that can face severe mental, physical, and social issues both during and after their service. Only about 30 percent of Veterans receive VA health care and fewer than 50 percent use any VA benefits or services at all (US Dept. Of Veteran Affairs 2018); the target goal is reaching a larger number of veterans who are not utilizing these available, and often times free benefits and services so that it may have a positive impact on reducing veteran suicide numbers through offering an educational resource to the individuals themselves and those treating them. Within this manual is a review of research about understanding veteran suicide rates, the different modes for prevention as well as the treatments they are given, and the issues behind accessing medical and mental healthcare services. Also, there are several different options within this manual to offer guidance on how, as a clinician to better assist a veteran to understand the VA and what types of resources are out there for veterans.