Recognizing the Challenges of Reintegration and Building a Pathway to Care and Resources – For Faith-Leaders Serving Veterans and their Families
December 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am – December 3, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Recognizing the Challenges of Reintegration and Building a Pathway to Care and Resources

A program for faith-leaders serving veterans and their families

This free, two-day interactive training is co-sponsored by the National VA Chaplain Center, Crescenz VA Medical Center, Cranaleith Spirtual Center, and the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.

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 two training days: Monday, December 2 and Tuesday, December 3. Registration begins at 8:30 am on each training day, with the sessions beginning at 9 am. Breakfast and lunch for both training days are provided at Cranaleith Spiritual Center. After lunch on December 2, participants will travel to the Crescenz VA Medical Center for Module 2 of the training and the Community Healing Ceremony in the Chapel. Participants will receive a contact hour certificate for each module completed. Please note that this training is provided at no cost to participants, but if overnight accommodations are needed, they are available at Cranaleith for a rate of $60 per person per night. To reserve a room, contact Kelly Klein at (215) 934-6206 ext. 107 or at

December 2- Module 1: Military Culture and the Wounds of War, Cranaleith Spiritual Center

  • 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.

December 2- Module 2: Pastoral Care for Veterans and their Families, Crescenz VA Medical Center

  • 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.

December 3- Module 3: Mental Health Services and Referrals, Cranaleith Spiritual Center

  • 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.

December 3- Module 4: Building Community Partnerships, Cranaleith Spirtual Center

  • 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.

Learn more about this program on the VA Community Clergy Training Program website or email