Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.

Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence

Menu
Menu

Quick Links

Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My healthevet badge
EBenefits Badge
 

REACH VA: Multiple Sclerosis Caregiver Support Group Leader Training

If you are professional staff or a supervised trainee in a VA facility, and would like to support caregivers of Veterans with the following conditions: ALS, Dementia, MS, PTSD, or Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders, training for the REACH (Resources for Enhancing All Caregivers Health) VA Program is now available.

Training is offered by the Memphis Caregiver Center and the VHA Employee Education System (EES). It is approved for 3.0 CEUs for nurses, social workers, counselors, and psychologists. Register in TMS to attend one of the sessions listed below to learn about the REACH VA Program and to discover how you can become a certified REACH VA Program Coach. All training is live and online; supported by Adobe Connect and VANTS.  REACH MS workbook cover

As a Program Coach, you will deliver skills building in four core sessions. Caregivers will develop skills in problem solving, positive thinking, and stress management. The Program can be delivered over two to three months by phone or face-to-face delivery. The REACH VA Program has been shown to decrease caregiver depression, burden, and frustrations, and reduce the number of challenging problems reported.

REACH VA is focused and efficient; it helps maximize your time and interaction with caregivers by providing a structure for giving them exactly what they need.

To become a certified REACH VA Program Coach, contact REACH Trainer, Stefanie Alexander at Stefanie.Alexander@va.gov or call 1-800-636-8262 press 1+4092 or 901-523-8990 press 1+4092 for training details and schedule.

CLASS DATE CLASS TIME
October 17, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
December 19, 2018               11:00 am - 2:00 pm ET
February 20, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
April 17, 2019 11:00 am - 2:00 pm ET
June 19, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
August 21, 2019 11:00 am - 2:00 pm ET

For Additional Information

Alicia Sloan, MPH, MSW, LICSW
MSCoE-West, VA Puget Sound HCS, Seattle, WA
Alicia.Sloan@va.gov

Maggie Kazmierski, MSW, LCSW-C, MSCS
MSCoE-East, Baltimore VAMC, Baltimore, MD
Margaret.Kazmierski@va.gov