The VOC Wellness Program offers:
Trained and Licensed Therapist/Case Manager who provide progressive, short term, intensive Case Management. Services are delivered from a Trauma Informed Perspective and referrals are provided with a ‘warm hand-off’ whenever possible. Case management includes collateral contacts, follow up on how referrals worked out, encouragement, support and accountability as needed. When a Veteran turns to the VOC for services, he/she goes through a comprehensive case management process. All Veterans see a case manager for review of the Veteran’s self-identified needs and assessment of the next best steps in the referral process. Referrals are made either in house or to our community partners to address: housing, legal, medical, educational, therapeutic, employment, financial and mentoring needs of Veterans. Case Managers follow up as much as needed or at a minimum every 30 days for 90 or 150 days of service (5 months).
COUNSELING AND CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIES
Counseling and Creative Arts Therapies (CAT) are also available within the VOC on a limited basis. Counseling and CAT services offer assistance and guidance in resolving personal, social, familial, behavioral, or psychological challenges and difficulties. Creative arts therapist forge a therapeutic relationship with the Veteran while using the creative process as a dynamic force of change.
Veteran supported groups are offered to decrease isolation, normalize the challenges of re-adjustment to civilian life and to provide a social outlet for camaraderie. There are three art studio groups, one Men’s group and one yoga studio group. The VOC owned “Our House Gallery” also provides an opportunity for community space and Veteran artists to show their work.
Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) is new to the Wellness Program. One of our therapists has adopted a mixed breed dog and the puppy is in training to become a certified Therapy Dog. The therapy dog is a tool in the treatment process. The presence of the dog is soothing, friendly, and helps comfort Veterans who are talking about reintegration or Post Traumatic Stress incidents. At times, the dog’s presents helps Veterans open up to identify needs as they share painful stories. The dog’s therapeutic presence can also help ground and orient the Veteran to the here and now.
VETERANS’ TREATMENT COURT
Veterans’ Treatment Court (VTC) is another feature of the Wellness Program. The VTC program is available to Veterans with non-violent criminal charges who have either a substance abuse or mental health diagnosis. The goal of VTC is to treat the underlying issues that are at the root of the criminal behavior. With intensive Case Management, the Veteran is given all the tools he/she needs to return to being a productive member of society. This group of Veterans is further supported by the opportunity to attend the Men’s Group on a voluntary basis while they are in treatment and after their discharge.