Serving Those Who Have Served: Practical Approaches to Addressing the Invisible Wounds of War in Service Members and Post-9/11 Veterans - FIRST RESPONDERS

Credit: 1.25

Time: 1.25



  • Petersen, Timothy, J., PhD
  • Simon, Naomi, M., MD, MSc
  • Rodolico, John, M., PhD
  • Richards-Donegan, Lauren, K., PhD
  • Chow, Louis, PhD
  • Wojtowicz, Magda, PhD

Learning Objectives

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

Target Audience

Our primary audience is: Emergency Medical Technicians, Police Officers, Firefighters

Types of Accreditation

Accreditation Statement: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.

Designation Statement:Continuing Education Hours have been applied for through the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).OEMS Approval Number: 1920-R4-08513-T5

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

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