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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) and is approved for 3.0 CEUs for nurses, social workers, counselors, and psychologists.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.

Register in the VHA TMS system to attend one of the sessions listed below to learn about the REACH VA Program and discover how you can become a certified REACH VA Program Coach. All training is live and online; supported by Adobe Connect and VANTS. To become a certified REACH VA group leader, contact REACH VA Program Coordinator Celeste Bursi at Celeste.Bursi@va.gov.

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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