Finding Mental Health Services for Veterans

This episode was created in partnership with the Steven A Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Cohen Veteran Network seeks to provide mental health services for veterans. They serve post 9/11 veterans, active duty (with a Tricare referral), and their family members. CVN works to help strengthen mental health among the veteran community. Cohen Veteran Network is a nationwide 5013c non-profit. If you are interested in working with any of the CVN providers head over to their website to find out if your location is covered.

This week I’m interviewing the Steven A Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania’s Director Leah Blain, PhD. Dr. Blain earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. There she conducted research in the effectiveness of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  She completed an internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Maryland Healthcare System. There she trained in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for depression, anxiety and panic disorder, and chronic pain, and mindfulness-based interventions. She previously served as Director of Behavioral Health at Chase Brexton Health Care’s Columbia Center. Her clinical work focuses on trauma recovery, working with survivors of assault, abuse, and combat, on issues including depression, guilt and shame, anger, dissociation, and PTSD.

Thank you to Blue Star Families for supporting the Women of the Military podcast! The Military Family Lifestyle Survey is open until June 6th, 2021. Head over to BlueStarFam.org/survey2021 to take the survey today. You could win one of five $100 gift cards. The stories and information shared become the fuel and information leaders need to help create change that will directly benefit us and our families.

Finding Mental Health Services for Veterans

Thank you to Blue Star Families for supporting the Women of the Military podcast! The Military Family Lifestyle Survey is open until June 6th, 2021. Head over to BlueStarFam.org/survey2021 to take the survey today. You could win one of five $100 gift cards. The stories and information shared become the fuel and information leaders need to help create change that will directly benefit us and our families.

The Cohen Veteran Network believes in evidence-based treatment with the goal of working toward finding healing. The program provides timeline-based care with a comprehensive plan created for the member to meet the needs of the member and to help them in their future.

Access to Care

This episode coved how easy access to care through the Cohen Veteran Network is. We also discussed how being in a crisis stage is not the only reason to reach out for care. Those who are looking for treatment for a variety of reasons should consider reaching out to the Cohen network.

Mental health is a spectrum

Mental health is a spectrum and not a straight line. People might often look at mental health and compare where they are in a linear sort of way. But mental health is anything other than linear and each person needs to find a path that works for them. The Cohen Veteran Network helps to ensure veterans and their families are given the proper support with either a long-term care plan or the opportunity for booster or check-in therapy as needed.

Trauma is not always military related

The last main topic we covered is that some trauma that military members have faced comes from childhood or non-military-related events. Sometimes war or military experiences can cause trauma from people’s past to exacerbate the experiences faced in the military. The Cohen Veteran Network does not withhold care from veterans or family members for any reason. They work to help people with whatever trauma they are facing.

Connect with Steven A Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania:

Steven A Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania website

Cohen Veteran Network Website

Mentioned in this episode:

Changing the Conversation about Mental Health

Related episodes:

Mental Health in the Military – Episode 73

Looking at Military Service from a Different Perspective – Episode 125

An Invisible Combat Veterans Story – Episode 90

Cohen Veterans Clinic is changing lives through their care provided to veterans in the mental health services. #post911 #veteranservices #deployment #military

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