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Red Cross Training Mental Health Professionals to Assist Military Families

Licensed Mental Health Professionals Participate in Training

PORTLAND (October 14th) – Today, the American Red Cross in Maine is hosting a dozen licensed mental health professionals from across the Northeast.  The group will learn how to facilitate Reconnection Workshops, a psychological resiliency program that works with military service members, developed by the American Red Cross and Department of Defense.

The Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to the challenges of military service.  Since 9/11, the Red Cross has served more than one million military families. Red Cross volunteers support military families during deployments and emergencies; provide home comforts and critical services on bases and in military hospitals around the world; and serve our nation’s veterans after their service ends.

The training will provide licensed mental health professionals with information about the challenges encountered by service members and their families as they reunite after deployment and ways to effectively handle traumatic events.  Transitioning back home can be hard, and service members and veterans can experience challenges readjusting into life with their families, their jobs and their communities. This Red Cross program aims help ease that transition.

“This weekend’s workshop will train a dozen mental health professionals, including three individuals from Maine, to share psychological resiliency tools and techniques with our service members and their families when they come home after their deployment,” said Eric Gates, Colonel, USAF (Ret.), Manager of Service to the Armed Forces for the Red Cross in Maine.  “These same skills are also valuable for our veterans and their families who may be dealing with combat related trauma for years ago.”

Individuals interested in volunteering to support military and veteran families through the American Red Cross, can learn more about the program at www.MaineRedCross.org or contact Eric Gates, Colonel, USAF (Ret.) at (207) 844-6095.

Event Details (for Media Only):
When: Friday, October 14, 2016 at 11:00AM
Where: Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks - Room: Salon B, 200 Sable Oaks Drive, South Portland, Maine

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About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit MaineRedCross.org or visit us on Facebook or Twitter at @ARC_Maine.