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New Brunswick Theological Seminary

35 Seminary Place

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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This free interactive training is co-sponsored by the National VA Chaplain Center and New Brunswick Theological Seminary.

Seats are limited at this event, so please REGISTER to RESERVE your seat now. Free parking is available on site!

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.

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The training will consist ot four different sessions taking place on September 5, September 12, September 26, and October 3. Please note that there is no training on September 19. The training session starts at 8:30 am and ends at 11:30 am. Please sign up for each session individually!

September 5- Module 1: Military Culture and the Wounds of War

  • 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.

September 12- Module 2: Pastoral Care for Veterans and their Families

  • 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.

September 26- Module 3: Mental Health Services and Referrals

  • 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.

October 3- Module 4: Building Community Partnerships

  • 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

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New Brunswick Theological Seminary

35 Seminary Place

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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