Swords, CALCASA, & CalVet to Host MST Training

Apr 30, 2015 9:30 am

Join us for an online training on military sexual trauma (MST) with Swords to Plowshares, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), and the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

The purpose for this training is to provide information and training to professionals who interact with and serve survivors of military sexual assault. It is imperative that community providers and advocates are aware of issues unique to veterans, including military sexual trauma, provide trauma-informed appropriate care, and assist them to identify and secure veteran specific benefits and care at the state or federal level.

Many veterans, especially women veterans do not get their mental, physical or behavioral health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Instead, they may seek services from community-based providers instead. Some may have undefined trauma as a result of a sexual assault or harassment in service and need treatment from a culturally informed provider.

We will discuss access to care, parameters for successful VA benefit claims, and treatment considerations for providers, advocates, and others working on behalf of veteran men and women who have experienced military sexual trauma. Interactive case studies and opportunities for discussion will be provided.

Military Sexual Trauma Online Training:
Treatment Considerations, and Access to Care + Benefits
April 30, 2015, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7214957184527226114

Three (3) continuing education units are available for:
MFT, LPCC, LEP, and LCSW professionals licensed in California


From Swords to Plowshares:

  • Amy Fairweather, Director Institute for Veteran Policy
  • Starlyn Lara, Women Veteran Program Manager
  • Megan Zottarelli, Senior Analyst for the Institute for Veteran Policy

From the California Department of Veterans Affairs:

  • Lindsey Sin, Deputy Secretary for Women Veteran Affairs at CalVet
  • Linda Benoit, Claims Representative, CalVet


Elements of Military Culture
  • By the numbers: A demographic breakdown of service members and veterans
  • Needs and challenges of those who serve
Military Sexual Trauma: Overview and Statistics
  • Defining Military Sexual Trauma (MST) vs. Military Sexual Assault (MSA) vs. Civilian Sexual Assault
  • Reporting statistics vs. unreported statistics
  • Men vs. women survivors
  • MST perpetrator information
Reporting ABCs
  • Restricted vs. unrestricted
  • Reporting after military separation
  • Barriers to Reporting
  • Repercussions of Reporting
Issues Related to MST
  • Co-occuring/comorbidity of MST with PTSD, depression, substance abuse
  • Homelessness
  • Economic barriers
Health and Benefits Access
  • Gender-specific barriers and considerations to care
  • VA vs. community care and access
  • VA claims related to MST
Unique Treatment Considerations
  • Identifying veterans
  • Separating the trauma from the veteran
  • Specialized and culturally informed care and support
  • Creating a trauma informed community
Resources - Benefits & Services Available to Veterans
  • USDVA Programs
    • Veterans Health Administration
    • Veterans Benefit Administration
  • California Victim Compensation Program
  • California Department of Veterans Affairs
  • California Military Department – Sexual Assault and Prevention Program
Feature image: Military sexual assault hearing before Congress