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From the War Zone to the Home Front: Supporting the Mental Health of Veterans and Families

This free online training series helps health care professionals recognize and address the challenges faced by Post 9/11 Service Members, Veterans, and their families.

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More than 30 free sessions available on demand all year long including two NEW courses:

All sessions are completely free and offer CME/CE credits for physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and licensed mental health counselors.

This series is presented as a community service by Home Base, a partnership of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital, and the National Center for PTSD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Visible and Invisible Wounds of War

Screening and treating service members, veterans and their family members requires training, skills and knowledge. Our education focuses on helping you improve outcomes across a variety of conditions these individuals may face.

  • • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • • Substance use disorders
  • • Violence and aggression
  • • Chronic pain
  • • Sleep disorders

Our education also addresses health-related, cultural and community issues related to supporting the unique needs of military families.

  • • Building resiliency
  • • Recognizing suicide risk
  • • Couples therapy for PTSD
  • • Reintegration challenges
  • • Reproductive health in female veterans
  • • Health needs of student veterans
  • • And much, much more!

Our education is developed with hands-on guidance from the clinical experts at Home Base. Home Base is the only private sector clinic in New England and the largest private sector clinic in America with the sole focus of helping at-risk veterans and military families regain the lives they once had. By caring for veterans in a family-based clinic, and by working in cooperation with the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), Home Base serves as a replicable model to promote the health and well-being of veterans nationwide.

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On-Demand Sessions: Military Culture and Introduction

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Resource List

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Online Resources to Support Select Broadcasts

A list of resources for select seminars in the series.



Media coverage of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and military family experience:


The Hard Road Back. New York Times, January 2, 2013-May 16, 2013

This extraordinary series chronicles experiences of military veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan but continue to confront the psychological scars of battle.



Baffling Rise in Suicides Plagues the U.S. Military

In 2012, more active duty service members died by suicide than were killed in action. This article looks behind the numbers to understand the dramatic increase in suicide in the military.



A Year at War. New York Times, March 2010-March 2011

The series chronicles the yearlong deployment of the First Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, based in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan.



The Home Front

When a single father deploys to Afghanistan, his school age sons go to live with relatives in Wisconsin. This is the moving story of the boys' struggle to adjust to daily life without their father, their worries and the challenges the family faces when their father returns home.



Significant research studies:


Health and Mental Health Needs of Children in U.S. Military Families

American Academy of Pediatrics, May 27, 2013



Victims of Military Sexual Trauma-You See Them, Too

The Journal of Family Practice, March 2013



Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Our Veterans

National Council for Behavioral Health, November 2012



Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces

Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM), September 2012



Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Military and Veteran Populations: Initial Assessment

Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM), July 2012


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Key Points for this series include:

  • • Distinctions of evidence based treatment compared to complimentary therapy available for PTSD and TBI.
  • • The unique physical health issues some veterans experience post deployment.
  • • Ways in which to build resiliency in military-connected children.
  • • The evidence based diagnostic and treatment strategies for co-morbid PTSD and TBI.
  • • Understand the unique overlap between PTSD and OUD in Veterans.

Note: Learning objectives specific to each session can be found on that session's individual course registration page.



Home Base, a partnership of Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital

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Home Base is the only private sector clinic in New England and the largest private sector clinic in America with the sole focus of helping at-risk veterans and military families regain the lives they once had. By caring for veterans in a family-based clinic, and by working in cooperation with the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), Home Base serves as a replicable model to promote the health and well-being of veterans nationwide.


Enhance your care for veterans and the extended military community by taking advantage of all of our free, military-related content.

Visit our Military & Veterans page to learn more and see the full list of courses and sessions.

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