April 2022 Newsletter



Professional Development Opportunities

April 2022

Have you heard about our Warrior-led Workshops? Warriors have the opportunity to lead a workshop for their peers on a topic of their choice through our Virtual Independence Program (VIP). In the past, we’ve had workshops on Creating Vision Boards, Kitchen/ Cooking Hacks, Comedy, and many more.

This month, one of our warriors will be leading a workshop on “How to Self-Publish Your Writing.” Warriors can lead these workshops independently or with support from their CSS. A warrior and his CSS will be starting an audio book club, “Sounds for Soldiers,” starting this month! If you are interested in supporting your warrior in leading a workshop, reach out to your case manager for more details! 

TBI / Veteran Related Trainings

**Please note these trainings are intended to support your professional development, but are not required by NCC. Therefore, the registration fee and time spent participating in these external webinars may not be billed to NCC.

Wednesday, April 6:  Understanding the Legal Needs of Aging
Presented by the American Society on Aging
10am PT. CEUs available. Free.
Details and registration found here.

Tuesday, April 12: Military Children’s Family Relationships
Presented by OneOp 
11am ET. CEUs available. Free.
Details and registration found here.

Tuesday, April 12: Finding Your Voice Through Writing
Presented by TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing
12pm ET. Free.
Details and registration here.

Wednesday, April 13: Thrivers Workshops: Practical Tips, Tools & Strategies for Brain Injury Survivors
Presented by the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts
11am ET; meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Free.
Details and registration here.

Wednesday, April 20: PTSD Treatment for Veterans with Disabilities
Presented by PTSD Consultation Program: Lecture Series 
2pm ET. CEUs available. Free.
Details and registration found here.

Thursday, April 28: Accommodating Brain Injuries in the Workplace During the Pandemic And Beyond
Presented by the Brain Injury Association of America
3pm ET. CEUs available. $50.
Details and registration found here.

Resource Recommendation:

Summer Camps

As summer approaches, warriors may be looking for programs for their children to participate in during the summer months. There are a variety of camp programs available for children of military service members and veterans. Camp Corral offers a free summer camp experience for children ages 8-15 of wounded, ill, injured, or fallen military service members. Operation Purple offers a free week of camp for military kids sponsored by the National Military Family Association. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers ‘good grief’ camps and weekend retreats for children and families who are grieving the death of a loved one serving in America’s Armed Forces. Camp can provide a wonderful opportunity for children to connect with other kids with similar family situations in a safe and therapeutic environment.

Creative Arts Corner:

I am a part of a Select Population by Kimberly Davis (Creatively known as Black Butterfly Queen)

I am skilled
I am unique
I have a range from Warrior to Pretty in Pink
I was trained for combat, motherhood and peace
I am a part of a select population
I never accept defeat
What do I do I know how to do?
I know how to mop and I know how to sweep
I once helped change a fanbelt in the heat
I know how to cook and I know how to retreat
I can do an insurance binder and go in the courtroom and walk out in victory
I know how to laugh and I know how to cry
I know how to comfort someone before they die
I know how to heal and I know how to speak
With all of these things I know that there is a title for me

Artist bio:

Kimberly Davis was raised as an Air Force Brat and is herself and Army combat veteran with a love for ‘living life on purpose.’ She currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.

Creative Arts Therapist: Several of our warriors have been participating in creative arts sessions online once a week with writing instructor Anne Alper. Sessions focus on guided writing exercises with theme prompts to develop writing skills and structured writing practice.

Ms. Alper has a Masters in Education and Counseling, is certified through the Amherst Writers and Artist Foundation, and completed a 2 year program in California for expressive arts.

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