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CCTP Webinar Series

Community Clergy Training Program (CCTP) webinars cover topics that expand on and complement subject matter presented in Community Clergy Training interactive training events as well as topics identified by rural clergy as important to them when caring for Veterans and their families.


Upcoming Webinars


The Twin Wounds of War II: Delineating Moral and Spiritual Injury and Suggesting a Pastoral Response
June 28, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Presenter: Chaplain (Col.) Timothy Mallard

Moral Injury in Women Warriors
September 4, 2018 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Presenter: Chaplain Rotunda East

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Previous Webinars


Supporting Caregivers of Veterans with PTSD
View Recorded Webinar (Orginally broadcast July 15, 2018)
Presenter: Debra Sprague


Getting Upstream in Addressing Suicide Prevention - Considerations for Clergy and Collaboration with Mental Health
View Recorded Webinar (Orginally broadcast April 24, 2018)
View Presentation Slides
Presenter: Jason Nieuwsma, Ph.D., Associate Director, VA Mental Health and Chaplaincy
Suicide prevention is a critical priority for Veteran and Service member populations and is a topic that has accordingly been a major focus area within the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense in recent years. Efforts to improve interventions and care approaches for high risk persons are very important, including trainings related to things such as risk assessment and lethal means reduction. This presentation will consider how to also address suicide prevention by looking further "upstream" - in other words, how to engage in primary prevention efforts. The presentation will cover how issues such as values, meaning and purpose, religion, spirituality, relationships, and distress tolerance can be important elements of primary prevention efforts that clergy can help to promote. Considerations for collaborating with mental health in suicide prevention will also be covered.


Vets and Friends Retreats: A Unique Team/Retreat Approach to Post-traumatic Growth
View Recorded Webinar 
Presenters: John Sippola, Linda Atkinson, and John Shelton
This webinar introduced participants to some of the promising results that have emerged from the five past retreats and the research interviews with trainers and support group leaders on the unique “Vets and Friends Retreat Team Approach to Veteran Support and Post-traumatic Growth.” More information. (Orginally broadcast November 8, 2017)


S.A.V.E. Suicide Prevention Overview
View Recorded Webinar 
Presenter: Ruth Cassidy, LCSW, MDiv, Suicide Prevention Coordinator/Veterans Crisis Line, VA Office of Suicide PreventionThe S.A.V.E. Suicide Prevention Overview webinar will introduce you to: knowing the signs of someone who is thinking of taking their lives (both acute and chronic); how to ask if someone is feeling unsafe, wanting to die, worried about their future; validating their experience while offering support and expediting their care. More information. (Orginally broadcast September 20, 2017)


Catch a C.A.B.! Creating a Community Action Board to Help Veterans and Their Families
View Recorded Webinar 
Presenter: Chaplain Steve Sullivan, Implementation Lead, Community Clergy Training Program and Tabitha Narvaiz, State Community Support Coordinator, Army OneSource
This webinar brings real life experience and principles on how to create and sustain “community action boards” (CABs) or community partnerships to support Veterans and their families, particularly in rural areas. Participants learn why communities are important and how to engage them, real-life models of community partnership building for Veterans, and lessons learned from previous efforts. More information. (Orginally broadcast August 3, 2017)


PTSD Resources for Members of the Clergy Supporting Veterans
View Recorded Webinar
Presenters: Todd McKee, M.Div. and Elisa McCarthy, PhD
This webinar reviewed free resources chaplains and members of the clergy can access to support Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including videos, online and printable handouts, self-help tools, phone apps, a treatment decision aid, and other resources that are available to be shared with Veterans and their family members. More information. (Orginally broadcast July 11, 2017)


Moral Injury Overview
View Recorded Webinar
Presenter: Chaplain Kerry Haynes
This webinar provided an overview of "Moral Injury" and addressed how to distinguish between moral injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, current VA and DoD programs designed to help, and ow local clergy might help Veterans with moral injury. More information. (Orginally broadcast June 1, 2017)


Preventing Intimate Partner Violence in Veterans
View Recorded Webinar
Presenter:Casey Taft, PhD
This webinar addressed the intimate partner violence (IPV) in military populations, the etiology of IPV in Veterans, how trauma may influence the ways in which we view and interpret our social world, and common risk factors for IPV, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, head injury, and substance abuse. More information. (Orginally broadcast January 11, 2017)


The Influence of PTSD on Quality of Life
View Recorded Webinar
Presenter: Tara Galovski, PhD
Learn about the processes that lead to the development of PTSD, the influence of PTSD on quality of life, and the influence of trauma and PTSD on survivors’ views of the world, others, and themselves. More information.(Originally broadcast October 19, 2016)


Practical Guidance for Clergy in Teaching Forgiveness of Others and Oneself
View Recorded Webinar
Presenter: Everett Worthington, PhD
This webinar provides information about the five-step REACH model that has been tested with positive results in more than 20 controlled scientific studies. Dr. Worthington’s presentation will help viewers define forgiveness, name and describe five steps to forgiving others and oneself, teach people how to forgive themselves, and explain to those struggling spiritually how forgiveness fits with at least four of the major five religions and four types of spirituality. More information. (Originally broadcast August 30, 2016)


Moral Injury and Clergy
View Recorded Webinar
Presenter: Kent Drescher, PhD, VA National Center for PTSD
This webinar will provide up-to-date information about the new construct moral injury. Moral injury focuses on important but rarely addressed aspects of military trauma that play a key role in recovery. It is important because the themes and issues that emerge include aspects of care that overlap the disciplines of mental health and chaplaincy. This presentation will highlight changes in the PTSD diagnosis under DSM-5 that are relevant to moral injury. It will also share current research perspectives on morality and moral judgements. The talk will encourage a collaborative care model that can bring to bear the special expertise of both disciplines in helping our nation’s veterans recover and flourish in the face of their warzone experiences. More information. (Originally broadcast August 26, 2015)


Recognizing and Addressing the Needs of the Terminally Ill Veteran
View Recorded Webinar
Presenters: Rev. William Nelson, PhD and Rev. Robert Macauley, M.D.
This highly interactive Webinar will identify the multiple needs of terminally ill Veterans. Building from an understanding of Veterans' needs, the Webinar will explore the role of both the clergy and their specific faith community in offering supportive care. The Webinar will use several examples to demonstrate various practical approaches for pastoral care. The Webinar will provide participants with an opportunity to explore their experiences. More information.(Originally broadcast August 18, 2015)


Overview of Women Warriors: An American History, Past and Present
View Recorded Webinar
Presenters: Chaplain Priscilla Mondt and Dr. Jim Goalder
This webinar is designed to increase insight on the long and proud history of women warriors with the American military. It will also identify the unique difficulties and challenges faced by women warriors and problems with adjustment upon return to rural communities. Finally, suggestions for optional ways of helping woman warriors in rural communities will be provided. More information. (Originally broadcast July 22, 2015)


Helping Veteran Families: PTSD and Family Relationships
View Recorded Webinar
Presenters: Dr. Michelle D. Sherman and Karen A. Guthrie, LCSW
This webinar will equip community clergy to help Caregivers of Veterans to recognize and respond effectively to stress within children and others in the family affected when a Veteran has symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More information. (Originally broadcast June 17, 2015)


How to Start and Facilitate a Support Group for Veterans
View Recorded Webinar
Presenter: Dr. Patricia Sweeney
This webinar offered participants with tips and guidelines for planning and facilitating peer support groups for Veterans in their community. More information. (Originally broadcast March 18, 2015)


Rural Clergy and Confidentiality: An Ethics Review
View Recorded Webinar
Presenter: Dr. William Nelson
This interactive webinar explored commonly occurring ethical issues surrounding confidentiality and privacy for rural clergy, and highlighted several rural characteristics that impact ethical issues for today's clergy. More information. (Originally broadcast September 30, 2014)


Bringing Your Community Together to Bring Our Veterans Home
View Recorded Webinar
Presenter: Chaplain Steve Sullivan
This webinar discussed practical ways that communities can come together to support Veterans and assist them and their families in accessing the help they need. More information. (Originally broadcast August 26, 2014)


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The "Community Clergy Training to Support Rural Veterans Mental Health" Promising Practice is funded by the VA Office of Rural Health.