VA Boston Healthcare System
Strength At Home
Coming home from a deployment can strain any relationship. That stress can lead to unhappiness in relationships as well as increased arguments, conflict, and sometimes even violence. That is why the Strength At Home programs are being run at the Boston and Providence VAs. The goal of the Strength At Home programs is to help veterans strengthen their relationships and families, and prevent relationship violence. Under the leadership of Drs. Casey Taft, Tracie Shea and Candice Monson, recognized authorities in the area of military families and relationships, trained counselors with expertise in working with military families lead veteran as well as couple classes. These classes focus mainly on teaching and practicing healthy communication skills and dealing with conflict in relationships. Classes meet at the Jamaica Plain and Providence VA campuses for 10-12 weeks on weekday evenings, are completely confidential, and involve compensation of $300 per person for full participation. New classes will start up every month. Veterans, Active Duty, National Guard, as well as Reserve forces are eligible to participate.
While there is stigma associated with trauma and anger problems, it is important to make mental health a priority and there are many potential benefits to participating in these groups. If veterans and their partners are coping in healthy ways and supporting each other, not only will their relationships improve, but they will likely feel happier and healthier overall. These classes can also serve as a gateway to further treatment for mental health problems and other services that may be helpful for veterans and their families. Both projects are part of ongoing research efforts funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Centers for Disease Control, and the Department of Defense to improve services for military families.
For more information about these programs and how to get involved, please contact Sarah Krill, 857-364-4173.