Free VA Community Clergy Training Program | Hartford Seminary

Free VA Community Clergy Training Program

March 4-5, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This free, two day interactive training is co-sponsored by the National VA Chaplain Center and Hartford Seminary.

Seats are limited at this event, so please REGISTER to RESERVE your seat now.

Many Veterans and their family members seek help for their problems from clergy because they feel the faith community can provide anonymity, confidentiality and a stigma-free environment. Yet clergy members sometimes have limited knowledge about readjustment difficulties and the unique health issues such as post-traumatic stress, or depression common to returning warriors. This event can help prepare you to support them.

The Community Training Partner Initiative offers critical resource to educate and support the faith community.

Training Information

The training will consist of a two-day training session. Each training day begins with registration at 8 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Contact hours for module completion will be provided by the VA. In the case of snow cancellation, participants will be notified via Eventbrite by 5 p.m. on March 3.

March 4- Module 1: Military Culture and the Wounds of War

  • Explore underlying conflicts between military & civilian cultures.
  • Increase understanding of the potential needs of assistance among those returning from war.
  • Increase understanding of the challenges of re-integration into family & community after war.
  • To consider potential roles of clergy in providing assistance with Veteran care.

March 4 – Module 2: Pastoral Care for Veterans and their Families

  • Improve pastoral care skills to better serve Veterans, service members & their families.
  • Present the narrative approach to pastoral care to include the roles of past, present & future.
  • Consider the roles of clergy in community pastoral care.
  • Review pastoral responses to & resources for Veteran care, especially regarding moral injury.

March 5- Module 3: Mental Health Services and Referrals

  • Review national trends in mental health care.
  • Review resources for mental health care available.
  • Provide specific information on making referrals to VA mental health care & community mental health.

March 5- Module 4: Building Community Partnerships

  • Review the potential for congregations to be communities that support re-integration of Veterans back into their settings.
  • Describe some successful community efforts in helping Veterans re-integrate.
  • Identify opportunities for ministry with Veterans in your community.

To learn more about this program, email christopher.antal@va.gov

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