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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital

 

Classes/Group Offerings

Healthy Living Classes:

Sleeping Better Group- The Sleeping Better Class is a 4-session educational class designed to help Veterans struggling with poor sleep. This class will focus on teaching Veterans healthy ways to improve their sleep. This class meets weekly for 4 weeks. The Sleeping Better Class is taught in a closed group. If you are a Veteran interested in this program, ask your Primary Care Provider or Primary Behavioral Health Provider about participating.

Chronic Pain Education Class- The Chronic Pain Education Class is a 2-session educational class for Veterans living with chronic pain. This class is designed to help Veterans learn self-management techniques for managing pain in order to improve their functioning and quality of life. This class meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month. The Chronic Pain Education Class is taught in a closed group format. If you are a Veteran interested in this program, ask your Primary Care Provider Primary Behavioral Health Provider about participating.

Stress Management and Relaxation Group- The Stress Management and Relaxation Class is a 6-session educational and practice class that teaches Veterans a variety of relaxation strategies.  Relaxation has been shown to be helpful with lowering anxiety and stress as well as improving sleep and overall health. This class meets weekly for 6 weeks. The Stress Management and Relaxation Class is taught in a closed group format. If you are a Veteran interested in this program, ask your Primary Care Provider or Primary Behavioral Health Provider about participating.

Coping Skills Classes:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Group- Acceptance and Commitment therapy group is an evidence-based therapy for helping Veterans live their lives more fully. ACT teaches a willingness to experience the full range of feelings, thoughts and memories without using unhealthy strategies to avoid such experiences. ACT teaches Veterans to replace unhealthy coping strategies with healthy and productive strategies. This group meets weekly for 12 weeks. ACT group is taught in a closed format. If you are a Veteran interested in this program, ask your Primary Care Provider or Primary Behavioral Health Provider about participating.

Women Implementing Talents and Skills (WITS)- This group is designed for women and focuses on making positive changes in their lives. Veterans in this class are asked to pick an area for positive change in their life, create a specific measurable goal for change and, through working the assignments and having the support of their fellow female Veterans, work toward making the change they desire. This is a women only group and will meet weekly for 6 weeks. If you are a Veteran interested in this program, ask your Primary Care Provider or Primary Behavioral Health Provider about participating.

Seeking Safety Group- Seeking Safety helps Veterans learn skills to better take care of themselves. These skills include building healthy relationships, setting boundaries in relationships, creating meaning in life, coping with triggers, becoming "grounded", developing commitment to a personal recovery and more. Seeking Safety is particularly helpful for Veterans dealing with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Abuse. However, this group can be helpful for any Veteran dealing with negative emotions. This group meets weekly for 18 weeks. If you are a Veteran interested in this program, ask your Primary Care Provider or Primary Behavioral Health Provider about participating.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Classes:

CORE- CORE is an initial PTSD psychoeducational group focused on diagnosis, rates of PTSD, secondary/co-morbid concerns, why proactive coping is better than passive coping, sleep and PTSD, medication, and treatment options. In general, Veterans are enrolled into CORE before attending any other groups in the PCT program.

*Other classes/groups not listed may be available. Please check with your Primary Behavioral Health Provider for a complete listing of classes and availability.