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In addition to providing research and clinical services, WRIISC’s education mission provides free training to Veterans and health care providers (both VA and non-VA), plus other government agencies, and community providers to ensure providers are trained on topics related to the health outcomes of military exposures.

Veterans have unique health concerns which may not exist within other populations. As a result, Providers who see and treat Veterans need a clinical understanding of the challenges Veterans increasingly face from potentially “toxic” military and deployment-related environmental exposures. Veterans often report the need for their VA and community providers to be more educated about these exposures. The VA is uniquely qualified to care for Veterans with health concerns related to potentially toxic exposures. All VA Providers should consider military and deployment exposures as core competencies. WRIISC recognizes this as imperative and in conjunction with the newly named VA Health Outcomes of Military Exposures (HOME) office has created a comprehensive curriculum with content focused on key exposure and other clinical deployment health topics.

NOTE: VA health care providers have access to our trainings using the Talent Management System (TMS), the learning platform recommended for VA employees. Health care providers both in and outside of VA can access WRIISC trainings through the
TRAIN Learning Network, a national learning management platform. All VA Providers should consider military and deployment exposures as a core competency.

E-LEARNING MODULES

Five WRIISC e-learning modules serve as the core clinical education on exposure-related topics and are key and high priority learning for all VA primary care providers. Each foundational module is available to VA and Community providers and offers 1.5 of free CEU’s. Assessing Deployment Related Environmental Exposures
Module Title Description Register on TRAIN Register on TMS
Assessing Deployment Related Environmental Exposures Assessing Deployment Related Environmental Exposures
(1.5 CEUs)
Intends to increase clinician knowledge and to inform learners about how to recognize the role and importance of deployment related exposure assessment, identify steps for determining deployment related environmental exposures, provide available post deployment health resources, and describe approaches to communicating deployment related exposure issues to Veterans, their caregivers, and their family members. ID: 1070234 ID: 33195
Airborne Hazards Airborne Hazards
(1.5 CEUs)
Provides clinicians with the knowledge needed to identify and understand deployment-related airborne hazards concerns of Veterans. ID: 1070422 ID: 33405
Gulf War Illness Gulf War Illness
(1.5 CEUs)
Provides health care providers with the knowledge needed to identify, diagnose, manage and appropriately treat Gulf War illness in Veterans and to become familiar with and be able to apply the VA-DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Chronic Multi Symptom Illness as it can be applied to Gulf War Illness. ID: 1074205 ID: 34572
Chronic Multisymptom Illness Chronic Multisymptom Illness
(1.5 CEUs)
Offers healthcare professionals an opportunity to gain insight into chronic multi-symptom illness including the incidence in civilian and military populations, defining characteristics and the latest resources and management strategies to consider for care. ID: 1084440 ID: 38029
Depleted Uranium and Toxic Embedded Fragments Depleted Uranium and Toxic Embedded Fragments
(1.5 CEUs)
Provides health care professionals with knowledge about the current research on health effects in Depleted Uranium or DU-exposed (Pronounced D-U) populations, information about enrolling Veterans with suspected DU or toxic embedded fragments (TEF) fragments into VA registry programs, and guidance about the clinical approach to Veterans with TEF. ID: 1087697 ID: 39365

Live and Recorded Webinars

Live and Recorded Webinars

The WRIISC offers a free accredited annual webinar series for health care providers. Webinars reflect current best practices, science and policies, are categorized into clinical specialty areas, or “Collections” and provide introductory, intermediate and advanced level training to increase learning.

The webinar series was originally accredited under the WRIISC-PDHS in TRAIN/TMS. Reaccreditation of these webinars may occur under the new name WRIISC-HOME.

Title Description Listen on TRAIN Listen on TMS
Respiratory Issues of Returning Combat Veterans This webinar increases provider knowledge and expands clinical care best practice awareness on Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit (AHOBPR) and its questionnaire. ID: 1098250 ID: 44408
The Airborne Hazards & Open Burn Pit Registry Follow-up Exam: What We've Learned This intermediate level webinar focuses on Airborne Hazards & Open Burn Pit Registry (AHOBPR), clinical exams and more advanced evaluations through the Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence (AHBPCE). ID: 1098312 ID: 43714
Chemical Warfare Agents and Weaponized Toxic Industrial Chemical Exposure This webinar discusses these cohorts, treatment options and available resources to assist those Veterans who were exposed to chemical warfare agents during deployment in Iraq. ID: 1098317 ID: 42215
The Effectiveness of Health Coaching: An Intervention for Veterans with Multi-symptom Illness This webinar examines the hypothesized effectiveness of a Veteran-centered clinical health coaching intervention which incorporated self-discovery, education, goal setting, and accountability to significantly improve physiological, behavioral, psychological, and social outcomes in Veterans with multi-symptom illnesses. ID: 1098323 ID: 43743
Military Cultures- Experience. Reintegration and Whole Health This webinar educates VA staff about Veteran military life, what life is like after deployment, and what VA and community health care providers should know about military service so that they can provide optimal health care for Veterans within the context of a whole health approach. ID: 1072371 ID: 33979
Food and Cognition: The Interplay of Nutrition and Neuroscience The physical, energetic, and emotional effects of food from a neurological and nutritional perspective which many Veterans with chronic multi-symptom illness need to address their mood dysregulation, lack of mental clarity and fatigue in order to establish both realistic goals and action steps to improve their health are discussed in this webinar. ID: 1098315 ID: 43930
Advances in Brain Stimulation Therapies to Boost Veteran Mental Health Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive FDA approved treatment for refractory depression, This webinar introduces it and increases knowledge on how it has been shown to clinically improve Veterans depression at the CA WRIISC site. ID: 1096332 ID: 43511
Gender Differences in Symptoms and Functional Outcomes in Veterans with TBI This webinar provides interdisciplinary audience and healthcare teams insight and raises awareness of differences in the way Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is experienced in men and women. It also looks at how social constructs as well as physiological differences affect the success of diagnosing and treating TBI. ID: 1098320 ID: 43712
Psychosocial Stressors, Strength and Resilience of Combat Veterans This training provides insight into the psychosocial barriers affecting post-deployment health, as well as the strengths and resources that can maximize combat Veterans' well-being. ID: 1098329 ID: 43710
Deployment-Related Mental Health and Neurocognitive Concerns The goals of this intermediate-level webinar are to provide an overview of deployment-related mental health and brain health concerns, discuss how to screen for symptoms, and offer information on where to refer for additional services. ID: 1098326 ID: 43888
Military Sexual Trauma: Past, Present and Future Military Sexual Trauma (MST) affects female and male service members and history of MST is associated with PTSD, suicide, and variety of other biopsychosocial issues affecting post-deployment health. This webinar discusses MST, its available resources for Veterans and their Providers impacted by it. ID: 1098237 ID: 43756
Communication about Exposures & Deployment Related Health Concerns This webinar provides information and knowledge on the concepts of moral injury, institutional betrayal, and institutional courage as applied to exposure concerns and the health care of Veterans to help providers respond to institutional concerns in a way that builds rapport and promotes institutional courage. ID: 1098233 ID: 44119
Mobile Health Apps to Supplement Care Basic functionality of VA mobile mental health apps, case usage, and Veteran frameworks for evaluating the healthcare benefits of such apps are discussed in this webinar. ID: 1098251 ID: 43946
Institutional Betrayal & Courage in Addressing Veteran Exposure Concerns This webinar provides information and knowledge on the concepts of moral injury, institutional betrayal, and institutional courage as applied to exposure concerns and the health care of Veterans to help providers respond to institutional concerns in a way that builds rapport and promotes institutional courage. ID: 1096883 ID: 43373

To see a list of all webinars on TRAIN, click here. If you have difficulty accessing a training, please contact NJWRIISCEDU@va.gov.