Shauna Springer, Ph.D., is the TAPS Suicide Prevention & Postvention Senior Director. Known to many veterans as “doc Springer,” she has helped hundreds of warriors reconnect with their tribe, strengthen their most important relationships, and build lives that are driven by their deepest values. She has particular expertise in attachment processes, trauma recovery, innovative suicide prevention approaches, relationship counseling, peer support program development, and Veteran’s issues, including post-discharge adjustment and strategies for engaging Veterans in behavioral health care. Dr. Springer is a licensed Psychologist with an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a Doctoral degree from the University of Florida.

TAPS Suicide Prevention & Postevention draws from a unique combination of professional expertise and survivors’ “lived experience” to shine new light on the critical questions that have challenged military leaders and veteran organizations for decades. TAPS Red Team provides training and consultation to clinicians, military leadership, policy makers, veteran employers, and groups of veterans and their families.

In this Episode, you will learn:

  • Doc Springer’s background and experience
  • Veterans trying to protect clinicians from harm
  • Clinicians developing trust in order to work with veterans
  • Global viewpoint helping veterans to understand and connect
  • National suicide epedemic
  • About the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
  • Veterans changing the culture around mental health for other veterans
  • Peer Support
  • Mental health professionals as partnering with the veteran instead of being the expert
  • Hidden pain

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Website

TAPS Suicide Postvention Program

PsychArmor Suicide Intervention, Prevention, and Postvention courses 

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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.