Warrior2Citizen’s 1 LT Justin Wells and Dr. David Lane will be featured speakers at the 2019 “Unspoken Wounds Conference” hosted by DBHDD on March 18, 2019
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Office of Adult Mental Health (DBHDD), is hosting a conference bringing together speakers and colleagues from other Veteran and military family serving agencies.
The focus of the conference is to provide a forum to learn about the many ways that the behavioral health, criminal justice, and reintegration supports the needs of Georgia’s veterans, service members, and their families.
1st LT Justin Wells and Dr. David Lane will be presenting Warrior 2 Citizen’s (W2C) Home Life Transition Program (HLTP) and Children Resiliency Programs which has been developed and delivered by mental health professionals and veterans. Already delivered to over 200 veterans and family members, it has been proven to strengthen family bonds and resiliency resulting in over 80% of the families staying together over the long term. The Children Resiliency Program is a new initiative of W2C that seeks to address common issues children of military families and veterans face.
We are proud to be able to help others working with Americas Heroes to make a difference to a group to whom we owe so much.
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Home Life Transition Program for families and a special program for their children
The HLTP is a process for marital health. It begins with an initial questionnaire/survey completed online by each potential participant approximately 30 days prior to the retreat weekend. Our professional licensed counselors and chaplains will use this confidential information to better address the specific needs that participants identify as important.
Next, couples attend a three-day retreat where they work on seven key areas of focus to build relationship skills. They are designed to significantly enhance their communication skills, strengthen trust and enrich their relationships. In addition, couples can take advantage of private, confidential counseling and coaching sessions to address specific concerns.
The HLTP team encourages couples to “dig deep” as the topics can be tough . . . but significantly critical to grow and sustain their relationships!
At the retreat, we discuss some potentially challenging issues:
- Communication: Couples examine their behaviors during disagreements, practice active listening skills and learn to clearly state their feelings to avoid misunderstandings.
- Hyper-Vigilance: Couples learn to identify and overcome the moments they feel “on-guard” while examining the emotional, physical, and spiritual impact this has on the family.
- Moral Injury & Guilt: Couples learn to identify and communicate the moral conflicts that arise in combat or in the course of their job and the injuries that cause shame and guilt.
- Forgiveness: Couples learn how true forgiveness can strengthen relationships with oneself, one’s family, and one’s community.
- Grief & Loss: Couples learn how to begin coping with unaddressed grief, how to share grief, and how to help a loved one who struggles with grief.
- Common Areas of Conflict: Couples learn how money, sex and family (extended & blended) can cause conflict in any marriage, if not properly addressed.
- Formula for Success: Couples learn how to honestly assess their relationship, while identifying their strengths and challenges as individuals, and as a couple.
After completing the HLTP retreat, participants have access to counseling from therapists, coaches, and chaplains available to them for five more months.
W2C Child Support Resiliency Program
The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress says children of military members often experience fear of a parent dying, fear of impending loss of friends and other relationships, and the uncertainty or reintegration if parent has been physically or mentally injured. Similarly, First Responders are confronted with like challenges. These stresses can cause major issues in children when unrecognized and untreated.
Warrior 2 Citizen, Inc.’s Child Support Program is concurrently run as part of the highly effective Home Life Transition Program™ for military families; or as a stand-alone program. It helps families cope with reintegration after deployment and builds valuable relationship and communication skills. It is now provided at a serene lakeside location the YMCA at Camp High Harbor and teaming with the Atlanta Metro YMCA.
This three-day program was designed by the professionals at Georgia State Counseling and Psychological Services and Mercer University Penfield College psychologists with extensive expertise treating child developmental issues. It covers the following:
- Primary trauma – What is happening to their parent, what to expect, and why it is happening;
- Secondary trauma – What is happening to them, why it is happening, and how to respond;
- How to reduce stress and increase resilience;
- Incorporating their experiences as part of their life story and giving the experiences meaning;
- Communication skills;
- Coping strategies and suicide prevention.
What A Child Takes Away as A Result of Attending This Program
The coping skills and strategies learned through this program enhance a child’s resilience and ability to quickly recover or “bounce back” from the difficult situations they may have to face.
This three-day retreat will be held at the YMCA High Harbor Camp on beautiful Lake Altoona in Cartersville, GA.
Contact us for additional details. Full details and registration for this event will be posted in “Events” soon.
Maintaining Resilience in Public Safety
A Workshop Featuring Lunch with
NFL Hall-of-Famer Rocky Bleier
September 14, 2018, 9am-5pm North Point Community Church (The Attic)
8:30 9:00 Coffee and Pastries
9:00-9:30 Welcome/ Introductions/Agenda – John Robison, Chief – Alpharetta Public Safety,
– Michael Roberts (COL Ret.)
– Douglas Carver (MG CH Ret.)
9:30-10:30 Skills and Tools to Foster Effective Communication Justin Wells, LSW
10:45-11:45 Strategies for Building Healthy Relationships Barbara Roberts, LPC
12:00-1:30 Lunch & Motivational Speaker Rocky Bleier
Resiliency, Challenges, Family, Attitude
1:45-2:45 Children; Trauma and Family Resiliency David Lane, PhD, LPC
2:45-3:45 Q& A Panel Discussions Speakers, Chaplains, other community
Facilitation led by: Eckart Werther PhD counselor to the Atlanta Police Dept.
3:45-4:00 Opportunity for attendee participation in the Nov HLTP Michael & Justin
Acknowledgements: APSD Team, APSD Chaplain, W2C, YMCA, VIP’s
4:00-5:00 Networking…an opportunity to share your thoughts, meet friends and acquaintance’s
State Senator Hill at High Harbour talking about our Home Life Transition Program
GA Senator Hunter Hill; Michael Roberts, Warrior2Citizen; Warrant Officer Regina Carroll; Drew Hollinger
at YMCA High Harbour.
FORT MYER, Va. — A lot of marriages have been tested in Iraq, said an Army chaplain who returned from a year-long deployment there in November.
Maj. Derrick Riggs, now a religious-support resource manager at Fort Myer, Va., served with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team in Iraq last year.