Military Culture & Wounds of War/Pastoral Care for Veterans & Families

Military Culture & Wounds of War/Pastoral Care for Veterans & Families

Tue, August 28, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM MDT
First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
2000 N Lincoln Avenue
Loveland, CO 80538
Lunch and refreshments provided

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This FREE interactive training in Loveland, CO is co-sponsored by Loveland Police
Chaplains, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and the National Chaplain Center of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Chaplain David McElwain, a Staff Chaplain with the Cheyenne VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, WY will facilitate the training.
Many Veterans and their family members seek help for their problems from clergy because they feel the faith community can provide anonymity, confidentiality and a stigma-free environment. Yet clergy members sometimes have limited knowledge about readjustment difficulties and the unique health issues such as post-traumatic stress and depression common to returning warriors.

The Community Training Partner Initiative offers critical resource to educate and support the faith community.

Training Topics will include:
• Identifying potential conflicts between civilian and military cultures
• Identifying actions community clergy can take to assist military personnel and their families with a healthy adjustment to a civilian culture.
• Types of common military events that can cause adjustment problems for military personnel and the psychiatric and psychological responses that often follow.
• Identifying the relationship between spirituality and “meaning making.”
• The importance of Personal Narratives and Past, Present and Future Stories.
• Identifying pastoral responses and resources for clergy and their congregations

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