LIVE: Veteran Identity and Mental Health: Initiation into the Military - Part 1

May 7, 2024  |  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Pacific

Presented By Kristen J. Vescera, PhD, MPH, MA
Kristen J. Vescera, PhD, MPH, MA

May 7, 2024
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Pacific

2 Hours | 2 CEs

$100 Registration | Live Training via Zoom

Kristen J. Vescera, PhD, MPH presents a live virtual professional training program on Veteran Identity and Mental Health: Initiation into the Military - Part 1.

“I didn’t serve. I can’t understand what my Veteran clients went through.” The Veteran Identity and Mental Heath training series follows a Veteran through three transition points.

This training takes the audience through the initiation process of a Veteran’s identity shift from civilian life into the military. The remaining programs will explore transitions that may occur while in the military -including trauma experiences- and the return to civilian life. Each transition point impacts the Veteran’s identity beyond their service. This includes expectations at each transitional stage of service that, if fulfilled or not, may impact one’s sense of self as a Veteran upon discharge.

This program provides the context of Veteran culture through the lens of the military experience and asks the learner to think about the Service Member through experiential exercises in order to get “comfortable with the uncomfortable.” Broad military-culture-related definitions and terms will be explored through the context of development and identity formation. This unique learning experience offers the opportunity for learners to explore their own attitudes and beliefs about the Veterans they work with.

This training is intended for professionals who work (or live) with Veterans at any stage of their career and can benefit from the unique perspectives available in this learning experience.

Training outline:

  • Introduction
  • Imaginal Exercise- lead the audience through a scenario of what it would be like to join the military
  • Provide context of Veteran identity and define the difference between military and Veteran culture
  • Discuss reasons why people join the military
  • Discuss enlistment processes
  • Discuss core components of the military
  • Describe basic training (with video support)
  • Describe transition challenges
  • Discuss the context of Veteran identity at this transition stage

Personal experience, case studies, research, and credible online resources will be shared throughout the discussion

Intended Audience

This live program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

Experience Level

This live program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Presented By

Kristen J. Vescera, PhD, MPH, MA

Dr. Kristen Vescera is a combat Veteran having served overseas in Afghanistan in 2012-2013. She spent ten years enlisted in the United States Army Reserve as a Psychological Operations Staff Sergeant and Instructor. She received her PhD in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University in 2021 where sh...

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of Veteran identity within the context of military culture

Describe several reasons why Service Members join the military

Describe knowledge of multiple transition challenges from civilian life into the military


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