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6 hours ago

The George W. Bush Institute is conducting a research study to identify relevant measures of impact and effectiveness for nonprofits serving veterans and military families.  The Institute has asked us to serve as one of the case studies and along with other strategic partners, stakeholders, and interested parties to work collaboratively in building a model and assessment tool that is value added to nonprofits, funders, and veterans.

They have put together an online survey open to all service members, Perceptions of Veteran Service Organization Best Practices and Impact.  The survey is designed for veterans and family members to better understand their perceptions of the practices and operations of non-profit organizations that serve them in their communities.  This information will be used to aid the development of leading organizational practices to support more effective and impactful service-delivery to the post-9/11 veteran community nationwide.

  • No personally identifiable information will be collected.  
  • The survey will take approximately 20 minutes or less to complete.  
  • It is entirely voluntary and it may be stopped at any time.  
  • All military service members (active duty, reserves, guard, veterans) and their families are eligible to participate.
  • Survey deadline is November 15, 2014

The survey can be found here: Perceptions of Veteran Service Organization Best Practices and Impact or cut and paste this url - http://bit.ly/ZLHPls

08/06/2014

The film, UNLOAD, is part of a 2-year outreach project to improve global understanding and quality of therapy for veterans. Give an Hour president, Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., lends her expertise to the documentary.

The aims of the project:

  • To improve awareness and understanding of the specific challenges and needs associated with veteran specific psychological therapy.
  • To increase empathy for veterans and their families who may be suffering with trauma related mental health problems.
  • To stress that the majority of veterans return from war with no mental health problems, are able to transition well to civilian life and have a hugely positive impact on society. And that those who do come home with the invisible wounds of war are able to heal and continue to be assets in their communities.
  • To reach out to veterans and families who may be struggling with mental health problems and encourage them to seek help.
  • To stress to health providers the importance of providing 'veteran focused' psychological therapy.

Please visit the UNLOAD Indiegogo webpage for more information and an interview of Barbara Van Dahlen. Fundraising for this campaign is closed. 

06/18/2014


What?

A three-hour introduction to forensic evaluations for veterans was provided to interested volunteers by the Law and Psychiatry Division of Yale’s Department of Psychiatry, Give an Hour, and Connecticut Veterans Legal Center.

View the full informational flyer, complete with FAQ for mental health providers.

Who?

The Connecticut Veteans Legal Center helps veterans recovering from homelessness and mental illness overcome legal barriers to housing, healthcare, and income. Their attorneys also help veterans apply for discharge upgrades in order to grant them better access to VA benefits. Give an Hour volunteers can write psych evaluations to help veterans through the legal process.  

Contact Information

Please contact the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center Volunteer Coordinator, Morgan Rusk, at (203)-626-1096 or mrusk@ctveteranslegal.org for more details.

Continuing Education Credit

3 CEs are being offered for those who participated in person. Click below for the post-training assessment. A recording and home study assessment will be available soon!

 



06/13/2014

#PTSD Awareness: Learn. Connect. Share.

  • Visit the National Center for PTSD’s Website at www.PTSD.va.gov throughout June - PTSD Awareness Month - for resources, links, and stories about PTSD, both for the public and mental health professionals.
  • Visit www.ptsd.va.gov/about/ptsd-awareness/ for resources and suggestions, and share the site with your friends and colleagues.

You can make a difference today.

11/05/2013

Give an Hour™ (http://www.giveanhour.org), a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their loved ones, and their communities, announces that it will launch on Helpouts, a new service from Google that connects people who can give help to people who need help over live video (http://helpouts.google.com).

Helpouts by Google is a way for individuals anywhere in the world to connect with experts via live video. Experts will be available in a wide range of categories and Give an Hour will bring a network of licensed mental health professionals to the platform. Within Helpouts, individuals can book on-demand video sessions or schedule sessions in advance.

“Helpouts’ mission is to connect experienced, skilled, passionate people who want to give help to people around the world who need it, which aligns perfectly with Give an Hour’s mission of providing free mental health services from a network of licensed mental health professionals donating their time,” says Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., founder and president of Give an Hour.

Veterans who live where there are no mental health providers or who are physically unable to travel from their homes will now have easy access to mental health care. Helpouts, which supports HIPAA-compliant providers, is confidential and secure and will remove barriers such as geography and mobility, allowing individuals to receive help wherever they live. Helpouts can be accessed 24/7 from a computer or mobile device. “This platform, I believe, will revolutionize the way mental health professionals are able to offer their services,” adds Dr. Van Dahlen. "We are proud to be working with Google to refine this innovation," she says.

“Helpouts is a natural extension of Google’s mission. There is a lot of information that is not documented on the web -- it’s in people’s heads, it’s informed by personal experiences. We believe Helpouts is an easy and efficient way to bring this kind of information to the world,” says Udi Manber, who leads Helpouts for Google. “Our goal is simple: help people help each other. We want to use the convenience and efficiency of the web to enable everyone, no matter where they are or what time it is, to easily connect with someone who can help.”

As this platform is rolled out, Give an Hour providers will be available via Helpouts in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington, D.C. to give services within their state. "Give an Hour is excited to begin this new era in mental health care. Over the coming months we will be adding more states as we move toward national coverage," notes Dr. Van Dahlen.

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About Give an Hour™ 
Give an Hour is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of military personnel, their families, and the communities affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. As of August 2013, Give an Hour has nearly 7,000 providers across the nation—in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam—with more volunteer mental health professionals joining its network every day. In addition to counseling, providers also consult to schools, first responders, employers, and community organizations. Give an Hour has already provided approximately 95,000 hours of free service, valued at more than $9.5 million. To learn more, visit http://www.giveanhour.org or connected.giveanhour.org.

About Google 
Google is a proud supporter of the U.S. military veteran community and deeply committed to helping all service members and military spouses make a successful transition to civilian life. GoogleForVeterans.com, youtube.com/veterans, and VetNetHQ.com are some of the many ways our products are helping veterans and military families pursue their goals. Follow us at google.com/+GoogleForVeterans for all updates related to our support of the community.

11/04/2013

Give an Hour is thrilled to announce we are featured in the "Thanking Our Troops and Veterans" section in USA Today! You can read the virtual edition in its entirety online. 

08/28/2013

Detroit Tigers All-Star pitcher Justin Verlander joined the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, to announce a commitment of $1 million to launch an initiative called Wins for Warriors that will support the mental health and emotional well-being of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families in Detroit, Richmond, Va., and Norfolk, Va.

Partnering with Wins for Warriors, Give an Hour will launch two new positions on the ground in Detroit and the Richmond/Norfolk markets to target these regions in order to coordinate services and provide additional mental health support and care to our the military communities there.

Visit the Wins for Warriors website to learn more, read up-to-date news and donate.


01/29/2012

American Corporate Partners Announces "Quick Question" Community Web Site

This free online business Q&A community for veterans connects veterans with business leaders across the country. Through an interactive and easy-to-use interface, veterans can ask questions related to career development, employment, and small business; follow topics and Q&A threads; or message advisors to get answers to their business questions and expand their network.

Visit acp-advisornet.org.

01/01/2012

Give an Hour™ is pleased to participate in the National Capitol Area's annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Our CFC number is 65498.

If you work for the federal government in the greater Washington area, this is an easy way for you to support GAH. Your tax-deductible donation will go directly to our services for military families.

You can also help by promoting Give an Hour™ at your agency's CFC Campaign Kick-off event. Many agencies hold charity fairs and rallies to kick-off their CFC campaigns. You can make arrangements with your agency's CFC coordinator to attend these events as a representative of GAH.

If you don't work for the federal government but have friends, families members, or neighbors who do, please spread the word. Tell them to use our CFC number, 65498, to designate GAH as their charity of choice.

Thank you!

01/01/2012

Young people with disabilities--civilian and military--face severe obstacles as they transition from adolescence to adulthood, military to civilian life, and school to work. Supportive services and timely interventions are critical to ensure that what is often a period of extreme challenge for young people with disabilities is in fact a moment of great opportunity.

The National Youth Transitions Center and National Veterans Center, developed by The HSC Foundation, bring together the resources of multiple organizations to provide transitions-related services, research, public policy, best practices, pilot projects, and evaluation so that youth and young veterans with disabilities can achieve their greatest level of independence.

Please visit HSC Brochure or hscfoundation.org for more information.

01/01/2012

CPTWeb is a free, 9-hour Web-based, multimedia, education course for mental health professionals seeking to learn Cognitive Processing Therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, and it is now available to Give an Hour providers at http://cpt.musc.edu.

Based on Cognitive Processing Therapy Veteran/Military Version: Therapist's Manual (Resick, Monson, & Chard, 2008), the asynchronous, modular, self-study approach of CPTWeb allows practitioners to learn at their own pace from virtually any computer with Internet access.

CPTWeb was funded by the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery and is intended for use by mental health professionals within the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is also available for use by civilian therapists who provide treatment to active duty or retired personnel and members of the Guard and Reserve. It may also be helpful to mental health professionals who are providing treatment to family members.

CPTWeb is offered at no charge, and mental health professionals who complete the course receive 9 contact hours of continuing education from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Each module of CPTWeb includes:

*a video introduction to the technique

*pre- and post-tests of knowledge of a treatment component

*an overview of the module's learning objectives

*a description of the techniques of the treatment component and step-by-step instructions for how to implement them, including sample scripts for introducing the techniques to patients

*multiple video demonstrations of the techniques

*suggested practice assignments for patients

*discussions of common clinical challenges that often arise in real-life practice

For more information, please visit http://cpt.musc.edu.

12/27/2011

Give an Hour™ has been approved as an eBay Giving Works charity. Giving Works enables eBay users to support their favorite causes whenever they buy and sell. Any seller can donate part of his or her sale price to a nonprofit. The seller decides which organization to support and how much to give (10-100 percent), and gets a tax deduction for their gift.

To go directly to our Giving Works page, click here. Or, sellers, just be sure to specify that you want to designate Give an Hour™ as a recipient of a percentage of your proceeds when you list your item.

Thank you!

12/17/2011

Veteran CareGiver was developed squarely in response to expressed challenges by Wounded Warrior and Veteran families, and Veterans Affairs leadership. While no single entity or group can respond flawlessly to the individual matters faced by each Veteran due to sheer enormity of the task, families have openly spoken about their altered lives in the face of injury, illness, or aging. At times, feeling isolated, faced with multiple simultaneous issues, and needing answers, they also have expressed needs beyond survival.

Visit veterancaregiver.com for a variety of  helpful resources including benefits factlets, forum postings, veterans service officers, organization listings, legislative hill updates, and events calendars.

 

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Perceptions of Veteran Service Organization Best Practices and Impact Survey

The Perceptions of Veteran Service Organization Best Practices and Impact survey is designed for veterans and family members to better understand their perceptions of the practices and operations of non-profit organizations that serve them in their communities.  This information will be used to aid the development of leading organizational practices to support more effective and impactful service-delivery to the post-9/11 veteran community nationwide.

All military service members (active duty, reserves, guard, veterans) and their families are eligible and encouraged to participate.


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UNLOAD - A film about PTSD & Psychological Therapy

Film and 2 year outreach project to improve global understanding and quality of therapy for veterans


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Give an Hour Co-Hosts an Introduction to Forensic Evaluations Training

On July 9, from 8:30am–12pm, a three-hour introduction to forensic evaluations for veterans was provided to interested volunteers by the Law and Psychiatry Division of Yale’s Department of Psychiatry, Give an Hour, and Connecticut Veterans Legal Center. Continuing education credits for psychologists was offered. 


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PTSD Awareness Month

Visit the National Center for PTSD’s Website at www.PTSD.va.gov throughout June - PTSD Awareness Month - for resources, links, and stories about PTSD, both for the public and mental health professionals. 


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