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Join us and learn how you can better serve our returning Service Members and Veterans in your communities. Home Base is offering five, FREE, on-demand trainings specifically designed for the busy schedule of a first responder. Each session:

  • Runs under 30 minutes
  • Provides Accreditation
  • Includes short videos from combat veterans to illustrate key learning objectives, as well as clinical referrals and other useful resources
  • Features course content that is mobile-friendly and on-demand, so you can participate whenever your schedule allows

All trainings provide resources and information about treatments available to Veterans suffering from the invisible wounds of war.

***Content is ideal for police, fire and EMTs***

Topics Covered

Module 1: Invisible Wounds of War: PTSD (Louis Chow, PhD)

  • Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of PTSD
  • Learn how to facilitate interactions with Veterans who have PTSD

Module 2: Understanding Suicide Risk in the Military: How Can You Help? (Timothy Petersen, PhD)

  • Learn the risk factors and warning signs for suicide
  • Learn basic considerations for intervening with suicidal individuals

Module 3: Substance Use/Abuse in the Military (Lauren K. Richards, PhD & Louis Chow, PhD)

  • Understand substance use disorder within a military context
  • Learn what resources are available for Veterans and Service Members

Module 4: Invisible Wounds of War: TBI (Magda Wojtowicz, PhD)

  • Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of TBI
  • Learn how the symptoms of TBI can be mimicked or magnified by other factors

Module 5: Military Culture (Lauren K. Richards, PhD and John M. Rodolico, PhD)

  • Understand the unique military experiences of Post-9/11 Service Members, the deployment cycle and reintegration difficulties
  • Learn about common challenges Service Members face in seeking care for the Invisible Wounds of War


  • Director of Education
    Home Base

    Assistant in Psychology
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Instructor in Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Program Director, The Bulfinch Program
    Clinical Psychologist, Home Base Program
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Director of Education
    Home Base

    Assistant in Psychology
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Instructor in Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School
  • Senior Clinical Director
    Red Sox Foundation and Home Base Program
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Chief of Behavioral Health, Massachusetts National Guard, Medical Command
  • Director, Center for Anxiety & Traumatic Stress Disorders &
    Director, Complicated Grief Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Chief Medical Officer, Home Base, Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts
    General Hospital
    Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Clinical Research Fellow
    Red Sox Foundation and Home Base Program
    Massachusetts General Hospital

Target Audience

Our primary audience is:

  • Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Police Officers
  • Firefighters

Educational Support

Funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of the Attorney General.

CE Information

Release Date: January 28, 2016
Expiration Date: January 28, 2020
Review Date: April 16, 2019 by Emily McDonald






First Responder Continuing Education Credits

CECBEMS is an organization established to develop and implement policies to standardize the review and approval of EMS continuing education activities. The sponsoring organizations of CECBEMS are, the American College of Emergency Physicians, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians, National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Directors, National Council of State Emergency Medical Services Training Coordinators, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, the National Association of EMS Educators, and the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians.

Continuing Education Hours have been applied for through the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).


CEH Type:
Trauma Category



Other Professions

Other Providers can claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of participation creditsassociated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which these creditsmay or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.


David H. Rubin, MD,reviewer
Emma Morrison, MPA
Jane Pimental, MPH
Naomi M. Simon, MD, MSc
Susan E. Sprich, PhD

Disclosure Information

In accord with the disclosure policy of McLean Hospital as well as guidelines set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education, all people in control of educational content, including speakers, course directors, planners, and reviewers, have been asked to disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests of both themselves and their spouses/partners over the past 12 months, as defined below:

Commercial Interest

The ACCME defines a "commercial interest" as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. For more information, visit www.accme.org.

Financial relationships

Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected. ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Relevant financial relationships

ACCME focuses on financial relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. ACCME has not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. The ACCME defines "'relevant' financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, have reported financial relationships with an entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services (relevant to the content of this activity) consumed by, or used on, patients:

Naomi M. Simon, MD, MSc
Research:American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Department of Defense, Highland Street Foundation, NIH
Speaking/CME/Consulting:Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
Equity/Spouse:Dendreon, G Zero, Gatekeeper

Susan E. Sprich, PhD
Royalties:Oxford University Press (co-authoring treatment manual and client workbook), Springer (co-editing handbook)

All other individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.

Hardware/Software Specifications

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration

Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+
Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements

Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera
Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit

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