HST039: Peer Support and Veteran Mental Health

A Marine helps a team member up a high wall obstacle. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David A. Diggs

Summary:

In this episode, Duane and Bennett Tanton discuss the role of Peer Support in helping other service members in veteran mental health and wellness

In This Particular Episode You Will Learn:

  • Bennett’s military background and journey towards working in the mental health field
  • The training that Bennett received to become a Certified Peer Support Specialist
  • Bennett’s takeaways from training:
    • Not everyone is the same, so not all interventions will work for everyone
    • Training in ethics and boundaries is critical
    • Peer Support is not for everyone; we must be healed first before trying to heal others
  • How some mental health professionals see peer support specialists
  • Perceived differences between a peer support specialist and a licensed mental health professional
  • The need for mentorship after leaving the service

Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

The Wounded Healer and Veteran Mental Health

Starving at the Feast: A Parable of Military Transition

HST 017: Veterans Counseling Veterans with Tony Williams

 

 

 

 

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Duane K. L. France is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a mental health counselor practicing in the state of Colorado. Do you want to join the conversation regarding veteran mental health? Share, like, and comment. Read Duane's previous posts and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn. Keep the conversation about #veteranmentalhealth going.