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Online Course Helps Vets Overcome Life’s Problems

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by Tom Cramer, VA Staff Writer
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Should I buy a new car or put that money toward college courses?

Should I move to Nebraska to take that new job or stay put and look for something here?

Facing a major life decision and feeling overwhelmed? If so, there’s now an online program designed specifically to help Veterans and Servicemembers, like you, productively and proactively face difficult life choices.

An online self-help training program called Moving Forward provides tools, videos and interactive quizzes to teach skills that will enable you to better address problems and daily dilemmas that may arise. Developed by the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA), the site is tailored specifically for Veterans, Servicemembers and their families because it recognizes the uniqueness of military culture.

“The Moving Forward training program is based on a highly-effective cognitive behavior treatment program that has been successful with Veterans and Servicemembers across the country,” said Dr. Ken Weingardt, VA’s National Director for Mental Health Web Services. “It teaches skills for overcoming life problems. Its goals are to improve optimism, reduce stress, improve the ability to manage emotions, reduce avoidance and teach thoughtful problem solving skills.”

 Its goals are to improve optimism,
reduce stress…and teach thoughtful
problem solving skills. 
— Dr. Ken Weingardt

The interactive training course has eight modules that progressively teach methods that can be used to solve many different problems including transitioning back to civilian life, maintaining good relationships with family and friends, dealing with difficult memories from deployment, handling financial responsibilities and more.

Moving Forward is free, confidential and self-paced so you can progress through the modules anonymously at your convenience.

“The site allows the visitor to take a break from the training and return when they are ready,” Weingardt explained. “It helps them better understand their own problem-solving abilities and teaches new skills to overcome obstacles you face in pursuing goals.

“The training program,” he added, “features personal stories, video exercises, surveys and resources to help the user understand the importance of developing an optimistic and creative approach to managing problems.”

In addition to online self-help training program, a companion mobile app for Moving Forward is currently available in the iTunes App Store (unfortunately, an Android version is not available), will provide quick, streamlined access to the tools and skills of the web course.

The website is a collaborative effort of the DOD National Center for Telehealth and Technology and VA’s Mental Health Informatics Section. The site was developed as part of the Integrated Mental Health Strategy, a joint initiative of the two departments.

For more information about Moving Forward contact the VA’s Mental Health Web Services team at movingforward@va.gov