January 2020 Newsletter

Professional Development Opportunities
January 2020


Happy New Year from Neuro Community Care! 
We look forward to another productive and exciting year for NCC! Make sure to follow us on facebook for updates and details on upcoming initiatives. In 2020, NCC will be starting an Art/Literary Magazine. Please encourage the warriors you work with to submit their poems, stories, photographs, drawings, comics, anything creative for our new magazine!  This is an opportunity to celebrate and share our warrior’s creativity. This magazine will be highlighted on the new NCC website and will also be available in print twice per year. Submissions can be emailed to the warriors’ NCC Case manager or Jabramson@neurocc.com. Thank you!
We look forward to sharing resources and trainings with you each month. If you have a resource that may be beneficial to all of our agencies, please contact Jenny Abramson at Jabramson@neurocc.com.

TBI / Veteran Related Trainings

**Please note these trainings are aimed at increasing 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.   

Tuesday, January 7: Neurologic Music Therapy in Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Presented by The Brain Injury Association of America
3pm EST. $50. Details and registration found here.

Tuesday, January 14: Family Systems Trends and Transitions: What they Mean for Military Families
Presented by the Military Family Learning Network
11am EST. Free. Details and registration found here.

Wednesday, January 15: Dissociation, Somatization, and Other Challenging Presentations of PTSD
Presented by the National Center for PTSD
2pm EST. Free. Details and registration found here.

Wednesday, January 22: TBI and Behavioral Health Challenges
Presented by the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training 
12pm PST. Free. Details and registration found here.

Thursday, January 30: Caregiving After Brain Injury: The Stages of Grief and Loss
Presented by The Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa
11:30am CST. Free. Details and registration found here.

Friday, January 31: From Chaos to Calm: Balancing the Frontal Lobes for Societal Participation
Presented by Neuro Restorative Neuro Institute
12pm EST. CEUs available. Free. Details and registration found here.

On Demand Webinar: The Brain Benefits of Mindfulness
Presented by The Brain Injury Association of America
Free. Details and registration found here.

On Demand Webinar: Reintegration Issues From the Veterans Perspective: Overcoming the Stigma of Seeking Help
Presented by Home Base Veteran and Family Care
Free. Details and access found here.

Resource Recommendations:

Military Experience and the Arts (MEA)

MEA is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to work with veterans and their families to publish short stories, essays, poems, and artwork in our bi-annual publication, As You Were: The Military Review, and periodic editions of Blue Nostalgia: The Journal of Post-Traumatic Growth and others. Each author or poet that submits work to us is afforded the chance to work one-on-one with a mentor to polish their work or learn new skills and techniques. Our staff is based all over the country and includes college professors, professional authors, veterans’ advocates, and clinicians. As such, most of our services are provided through email and online writing workshops. All editing, consultations, and workshops are free of charge. Veterans and their families pay nothing for our services, and they never will. Under our Publications tab, there are nearly a dozen volumes of creative work crafted by veterans and their family members as well as a virtual art gallery. Our blog posts feature short pieces that cover a wide range of opinion editorials, literary reviews, and profiles on veteran artists and writers.

To view past volumes of The Military Review, visit their website.

Safety Tip of the Month:

Winter Driving Tips

As much of the country may experience low temperatures and inclement weather in the upcoming months, we encourage all agencies and CSS to review winter driving tips to ensure everyone’s safety during these winter months.

AAA recommends the following tips while driving in snowy and icy conditions:

Cold Weather Driving Tips

  • Keep a bundle of cold-weather gear in your car, such as extra food and water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a glass scraper, blankets, medications, and more.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.
  • Keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, such as on ice and snow.

For additional details, check out the AAA website.