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Mental Health Special: Care of American Veterans, Depression, PTSD, Suicide

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Contact hours: 15
AOTA CEUs: 1.5
Expiration date: May 1, 2024
Course price: $29

Sara Wilson, BA; Jed Diamond, MA LCSW, PhD; Nancy Evans, BS; Tracey Long, RN, PhD, APRN; Lauren Robertson, BA MPT

Course Summary

The very nature of a complex healthcare system makes workers vulnerable to stress, trauma, depression, and, at times, mental health issues. Healthcare providers serve patients and families who are experiencing difficulty realities—especially during a pandemic. In view of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe, we offer this 15 contact hour course bundle at a special price of $29.

The course begins with a discussion of mental health issues common to Veterans and their families, including post traumatic stress disorder, suicide risk, depression, grief, substance abuse, and intimate partner violence.

The next section offers a thorough explanation of depression, focusing on how it differs for men and women. We continue with an overview of PTSD, which describes symptoms, diagnostic criteria, and treatment options. We conclude with an in-depth coverage of suicide in America, which covers risk factors, screening and assessment, lethal means, and the importance of community support. 

Target Audience

Nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants*.

AOTA Approved Provider Logo 2023 ATrain Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved provider #6558. This distance learning-independent is offered at 1.5 CEUs, introductory, Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support Disclosure

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to*:

  1. Discuss post traumatic stress disorder, suicide risk, depression, grief, substance abuse, and intimate partner violence and explain how each may arise in military veterans and their families.
  2. Discuss the nature of depression and how it manifests differently in men and women. 
  3. Define post traumatic stress disorder and discuss its implications for the family and community.
  4. Describe the scope of suicide nationally and worldwide.

*Please note: attainment of course objectives will be assessed in the course evaluation.