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Mental Health Board to present military sexual trauma workshop

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – The McHenry County Mental Health Board will host a Military sexual trauma workshop for mental health professionals from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5 at 620 Dakota St.

The workshop offers an overview of military and veteran culture, the role of women in the military and an introduction to military sexual trauma.

It includes a screening of the movie “The Invisible War,” an Academy Award-nominated documentary on military sexual trauma. 

Presenters from the Illinois National Guard Psychological Health Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Illinois National Guard Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and community organizations serving veterans will focus on the unique needs associated with military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress, risky behaviors and how community organizations can help or collaborate with military organizations. 

The workshop also offers information regarding new military sexual trauma reporting options that encourage victims to seek medical, counseling and advocacy services. 

The $25 cost of the workshop covers lunch and six CEUs for LSW, LCSW, LPC, LPCC and IAODAPCA counselors, or six CPDUs for teachers. 

The Mental Health Board is partnering with TLS Veterans in McHenry as part of the Lake-McHenry County initiative to transform the way services that address the emotional well-being of military personnel, veterans and their families are delivered. This initiative is funded by the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration.

Register online at tinyurl.com/MSTapr5.

For information, call Laura Gallagher Watkins, Health and Disability Advocates, at 312-265-9074; or Wendy Neuman, program monitor and training assistant at the Mental Health Board, at 815-455-2828. 

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