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Caring for Caregivers

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Trauma |  Wellness
Terri Tanielian |  Margaret Campbell-Kotler, MPH, RN
1 Hour 01 Minutes
Audio and Video
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On Demand
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This session will provide participants with an overview of the characteristics and needs of military and veteran caregivers, describe the VA’s program of comprehensive support for post-9/11 caregivers, and outline how healthcare providers can support caregivers. 


1.Welcome Remarks, Introductions

2.Understanding US Military and Veteran Caregivers: Findings from the RAND Hidden Heroes Study (Terri Tanielian)

a.Describe the military and veteran caregiver population in the US based upon a national representative survey of caregivers with respect to:

i.Overall demographic characteristics

ii.Roles/functions that caregivers perform

iii.Health and employment status

b.Describe the resources, services, and programs available to support military and veteran caregivers based upon an environmental scan

c.Highlight gaps in how the current services

d.Provide recommendations for how health care provides can improve support for military and veteran caregivers

  1. Overview of the VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers          (PCAFC)
    1. PCAFC Caregiver/Veteran Demographics
    2. PCAFC Components and Support Services
    3. Preliminary PCAFC Outcomes
    4. Health Care Provider Support for Caregivers

4.Question / Answers


  1. Describe the size and characteristics of the military and veteran caregiver population in the US.
  2. Identify three ways healthcare providers can support caregivers. 



NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). Additional certificates are available for USD per participant (additional participant will be emailed, mailed or faxed a certificate of completion after submitting and passing a post-test/evaluation). International CE rates may vary; please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details.

Continuing Education Information: This activity is designed to qualify for continuing education for the following professionals in every state: Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers and other Mental Health Professionals

Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of practice.

Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this self-study, non-interactive package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.

Addiction Counselors


This self-study course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 1.0 CE in the skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

Counselors (Self-Study)

This self-study activity consists of 1.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Marriage & Family Therapists (Self-Study)

This self-study activity consists of 1.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from this self-study activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 

Nurses/Nurse Practitioners/Clinical Nurse Specialists - APA (Self-Study)

This activity meets the criteria for an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Activity. PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the American Psychological Association, which is recognized by the ANCC for behavioral health related activities.

This self-study material qualifies for 1.0 contact hours.

Social Workers (Self-Study)

PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. Licensed Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers will receive 1.0 (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for completing this self-study package. Course Level: All Levels.

Θ Other Professions (Self-Study)

This self-study activity qualifies for 1.0 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Terri Tanielian's Profile

Terri Tanielian Related seminars and products

Terri Tanielian is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research interests include military and veteran health policy; military suicide; military sexual assault; and psychological and behavioral effects of combat, terrorism, and disasters.  She employs both quantitative and qualitative research methods in her work, including surveys, interviews, focus groups, and analysis of administrative data, policies, programs and services. Tanielian was co–study director for RAND’s seminal 2008 study Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery and  the principal investigator for RAND’s comprehensive study of military and veteran caregivers titled Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers.  She has conducted several assessments of issues facing veterans living in the Detroit Metropolitan Area, Massachusetts and in New York State.  She leads several other RAND studies including the Deployment Life Study, a study of military families across the deployment cycle, and a study examining community based models for expanding mental health care for veterans and their families under the Welcome Back Veterans Initiative.  Tanielian has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and serves on many advisory committees related to veteran mental health policy.  Tanielian has a M.A. in psychology from the American University. 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Terri Tanielian has no relevant financial relationship to disclose

Nonfinancial: Terri Tanielian has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose

Margaret Campbell-Kotler, MPH, RN's Profile

Margaret Campbell-Kotler, MPH, RN Related seminars and products

Margaret Campbell-Kotler is the National Program Manager for Caregiver Education and Training, Caregiver Support Program, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  She is responsible for the development and roll out of the core training required for all Caregivers in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). This training has been taken by over 35,000 Caregivers since June, 2011.  Ms. Campbell-Kotler has also developed four self-care courses designed for Caregivers of Veterans of all eras. To date,  3600 Caregivers have taken one of these classes.  She has utilized VA television and the Veterans Electronic Health University (VeHU) to deliver Caregiver education on TBI, PTSD and its impact on family relationships, Pain Management and Intimate Partner Violence.  Prior to joining the VA, Ms Campbell-Kotler was Manager of the Office of Education for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC).  In this capacity, she managed the development of the TBI Family Caregiver Curriculum, the development of educational materials on traumatic brain injury for families, service members, veterans and military health care providers. Ms. Campbell-Kotler has extensive experience in the delivery of home and community based health services across the age span. She holds a BSN cum laude, from Niagara University and an MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Margaret Campbell-Kotler has no relevant financial relationship to disclose

Nonfinancial: Margaret Campbell-Kotler has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose



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