We live in parlous times with thousands touched daily by trauma. Terrorism and multiple wars rage all over the globe. Deadly violence against the innocent is epidemic. Apart from civilians, peace officers and servicemen return home psychologically scarred by the horrors they've seen and been part of. This project provides expert and confidential interventional training in PTSD therapy to first-line providers (e.g. primary care physicians) serving veterans and family members.
Many servicepeople exposed to intense emotional and physical trauma continue to suffer from inadequate access to professional services on their return to civilian life. Limited utilization of therapeutic programs targeting these significantly large populations has led to extensive documentation of alarming rates of suicide, depression, homelessness, domestic violence and incapacitation. Programs offered by VA and other agencies are underused due to denial and the stigma of "mental illness".
IMCRA's Community Cyberspace initiative brings private electronic access to PTSD/TBI specialists to family, friends, counselors and primary healthcare providers not well-trained in this sensitive therapeutic area. Families experiencing behavior problems who are reluctant to discuss this face-to-face with professionals are frequently more likely to use electronic media. Likewise, physicians and counselors can seek expert advice from specialist colleagues.
1. Decreased feelings of isolation and hopelessness; Improved mood and orientation 2. Assurance of improved care via interactive access to recognized experts. 3. Reduced instances of homelessness, suicide and social/emotional disorders. 4. Relief for families and primary care providers striving to optimize healthcare for distressed veterans