Age-Competency Assessment. Survey of mental health professionals in VA Network 16 regarding competency to address the mental health needs of older veterans. The project is described in Molinari, V., Kier, F.J., & Kunik, M.E. (2001). Obtaining age-related mental health competency: What is needed? Educational Gerontology, 28, 1-10.
Age-Specific Role Competency Curriculum for Substance Abuse Treatment Staff. Large canvas bag packed with in-service and self-study training materials on age role competencies to meet JCAHO and CARF standards. Developed by Jefferson D. Parker, Ph.D.; Catherine Shaw, Psy.D.; Evelina Ward, RN; G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery VA Medical Center, Jackson.
Anger Management Patient Handbook and Instructor’s Guide. An 8-session cognitive-behavioral workbook for group treatment. Great for a new group. Developed by Eddy White, LCSW; Fayetteville VA Medical Center.
Coping with Chronic Pain. A short video describing group treatment approach for chronic pain management. Good introduction to pain management. Developed by Jeffrey West, Ph.D.; New Orleans VA Medical Center.
Community Reinforcement and Family Training – Support and Prevention (CRAFT-SP) manual. This family education manual is adapted from earlier work on the CRAFT model by Dr. Robert Meyers. The program is designed to aide family members in improving their relationship with the addict/user, while encouraging the individual to seek treatment. Developed by Steven M. Scruggs, Psy.D., Oklahoma City; Robert J. Meyers, PhD, University of New Mexico. Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions; and Rebecca Kayo, PhD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Day Treatment Center Newsletters: Togetherness, Acceptance & Respect. A collection of eight psychoeducational newsletters for veterans with chronic mental illness, including schizophrenia and related disorders. Developed by Quang (Charlie) Nguyen, PhD; Ellen Flood, LCSW; Cynthia Andrus, RN, MSN; Jennie Hall, MD; Carol Beckwith, RN; Jocelyn Ulanday, MD; Audrey Dawkins-Oliver, LCSW; Diana Willis, PA-C; Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston.
Discontinuing Your Medication for Depression patient brochure. A brief take-home guide for patients who are discontinuing their antidepressants. Content covers withdrawal symptoms and warnings of signs of returning depression. Developed by JoAnn Kirchner, MD; Kathy Henderson, MD; Maga Jackson-Triche, MD; and VISN 16 Mental Health Product Line.
Gambling Education Workbook. An 8-session gambling education workbook and resource guide that integrates cognitive-behavioral and 12-step approaches. Great for Substance Abuse Treatment Programs. Developed by Jefferson Parker, Ph.D.; Randy Burke, Ph.D.; Paul Matens, LCSW; and Frances Hill; G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery VA Medical Center, Jackson.
Guidelines for Monitoring Antipsychotic Side-Effects. Pocket brochures provide basic information for monitoring antipsychotic side-effects. Includes a PowerPoint presentation on CD that describes the project with facility-specific baseline monitoring data. Developed by Teresa Hudson, Pharm.D.; Kathy Henderson, M.D.; Central Arkansas Healthcare System VA Medial Center, North Little Rock.
The Healing Circle: Addressing Culture, Spirituality, Sobriety, and Traditions of Native American Veterans. This video illustrates how treatment for substance abuse is made more culturally relevant for Native Americans in recovery. The video demonstrates a Healing Circle, powwow, and seat lodge. Developed by Susan Vaughn, MSW, & Helen Engebretson, MSW; Oklahoma City.
Health Promotion Materials for PTSD Veterans. A resource manual and series of PowerPoint presentations developed to be used in conjunction with a group intervention to focus on disease processes and problems common in the PTSD veteran population. Developed by Cynthia Helwig, N.P.; Leslie Root, Ph.D.; Gulf Coast VA Healthcare System, VA Medical Center, Gulfport.
Helping Dementia Caregivers. An interactive CD-ROM that illustrates effective behavioral management skills to caregivers through a series of video clips. Useful for self-study or group formats. Developed by Tom Teasdale, Dr.PH; Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston.
HIV Medication Adherence Intervention. A report on the effect of various strategies (pillboxes, reminders, etc) to improve HIV medication adherence. Developed by Michael Kauth, Ph.D.; and Trevor Hart, B.A.; New Orleans VA Medical Center.
Insomnia: Difficulty Falling Asleep or Staying Asleep, and Quality of Sleep brochure. A brief overview of causes of insomnia and tips for sleeping better. Includes a sleep log. Developed by JoAnn Kirchner, MD; Kathy Henderson, MD; and VISN 16 Mental Health Product Line.
Keeping the Mind & Body Well. A 28-minute videotape and brochure to promote disease prevention and wellness among veterans. Wonderful for waiting rooms. Developed by Mertis Scott, MSN, CFNP; G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery VA Medical Center, Jackson.
Managing Disruptive Behavior in Dementia Patients: A training tool for clinical nurse assistants. An instructional CD-ROM that models ineffective, effective, and preventive behavioral management skills to long-term care nursing staff through a series of video clips with actors. Developed by Tom Teasdale, Dr.PH; Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.
New! Making the Invisible Visible: Clinical Guide for Recognizing Traumatic Brain Injury in Veterans. Graphically powerful staff brochure designed to increase clinician awareness about and screening for traumatic brain injury in returning veterans. Screening questions and “next step” recommendations included. Developed by Kimberly A. Arlinghaus, MD; Helene K. Henson, MD; Stephanie Sneed, MD; and Janet Hickey, MD; Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston.
Messing with Your Habit: A Tobacco Use Reduction Program. A patient-guided CD-ROM program that uses the Stages of Change model to identify patients’ their readiness to stop smoking. Developed by Dona Zanotti, Ph.D.; John Tassey, Ph.D.; Oklahoma City VA Medical Center. Also available at http://w3.ouhsc.edu/besmokefree/
Playing It Safer Workbook. A 4-session behaioral skills-based group program to reduce HIV sexual risk. Good for Substance Abuse Treatment Programs. Developed by Dana Ross, PhD, MPH; and Randy S. Burke, PhD; G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery VA Medical Center, Jackson.
PTSD Families Matter. A 29-minute videotape for veterans with PTSD and their families. Great as introduction to PTSD programs or to send home with veterans. Developed by Pamela Abrams, LCSW; Tom Freeman, MD; Central Arkansas Healthcare System VA Medical Center, North Little Rock.
Quitting It All: Tobacco Cessation for Chemical Dependence and Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs. A 90-minute, single-session program to address nicotine dependence. Includes workbook, facilitator’s guide, and relaxation tape. Developed Theodore V. Cooper, Ph.D.; Randy S. Burke, Ph.D.; G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery VA Medical Center, Jackson.
NEW! Relaxation Enhancement Therapist Manual / Stress-for-Less Patient Manual. This is a step-by-step guide for teach relaxation skills using breathing control, muscle relaxation, and guided imagery in a group format. Relaxation logs and instructions for audio recording personal relaxation tapes are included. Developed by C. Laurel Franklin, PhD; Shelia Corrigan, PhD; Stephanie Repasky, PsyD; Karin E. Thompson, PhD; Madeline Uddo, PhD; & Jessica Walton, MS; Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, New Orleans.
SAFE Program Manual-Revised. An 18-session workshop and resource guide for educating families of veterans with chronic mental illness. Very helpful if starting family services for first time. Developed by Michelle Sherman, Ph.D.; Oklahoma City VA Medical Center. Also available for downloading at w3.ouhsc.edu/safeprogram
Treating Chronic Pain in Substance Abusing Patients: An Interactive Primer. A comprehensive, interactive CD primer on managing chronic pain in substance abusing patients, including medication pocket guides and assessment and intervention resources. Developed by Gabriel Tan, Ph.D.; Deacon Staggs, MD; Serena Chu, Ph.D.; Bilal F. Shanti, MD; Quang (Charlie) Nguyen, Ph.D.; Jaime Rhudy, Ph.D.; Rebecca Kayo, Ph.D.; Mobeen N. Choudhri, MD; John Ramirez; Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston.
Us and Them: The Experience of Mental Health Stigma. This PowerPoint program on CD and manual provides a facilitator-guided presentation for a medical center staff to challenge their beliefs about mental illness and promote greater sensitivity. Developed by Michelle Sherman, Ph.D.; Oklahoma City VA Medical Center.
Veterans Helping Veterans: Key Insights for PTSD Recovery. A 23-minute audio CD to promote treatment involvement and adherence via testimonials by combat veterans in PTSD treatment. Very moving. Developed by Kathleen O. Reyntjens, Ph.D.; Leslie Root, Ph.D.; Gulf Coast VA Healthcare System, VA Medical Center, Gulfport.
Videos/CDs from previous MIRECC conferences:
A Stress Reaction Model: From Stress to PTSD. Presentation from MIRECC PTSD conference: Living in the Age of Trauma: Impact on Children and Adults by Matthew J. Friedman, MD, Executive Director, National Centers for PTSD, White River Junction, Vermont. January 17, 2003. CD-ROM (72 min.). Continuing Education Credit will be awarded for this program through September 20, 2005.
Traumatic Grief Treatment: An Overview. Presentation from MIRECC PTSD conference: Living in the Age of Trauma: Impact on Children and Adults by M. Katherine Shear, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. January 17, 2003. CD-ROM (63 min.) Continuing Education Credit will be awarded for this program through September 20, 2005.
Treatment of Nightmares and Insomnia Related PTSD. Presentation from MIRECC PTSD conference: Living in the Age of Trauma: Impact on Children and Adults by Murray A. Raskind, MD, Professor and Vice-Chair, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine. January 17, 2003. CD-ROM (50 min.). Continuing Education Credit will be awarded for this program through September 20, 2005.