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VA Caregiver Support Program


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Caregiver Support Line (CSL) - Handouts & Past Presentations

Taking care of yourself is the best thing you can do for those that depend on you!

Select a self-care topic below to learn more.

CSL - Telephone Education Group Monthly Presentations

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Select a link below to listen to training topics on-demand. Trainings are updated regularly so be sure to check back!

We Serve All Who Serve: Recognizing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Veterans, and their Caregivers

LGBT people have suffered from a long history of prejudice. This group focuses on the unique struggles of LGBT Veterans and their LGBT Caregivers. We will discuss the harmful effects of prejudice and the strengths developed as a result of coping with these struggles.  We will provide information and resources to support you.  We will discuss the rights and benefits that you are due and how the VA can help.

Caregiver Partners: Understanding and Healing the Wounds of PTSD

Veterans are not the only people that suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  PTSD can occur if you have experienced a trauma.  Are you a caregiver with a history of trauma?  Are you a caregiver that suffers from PTSD? This discussion takes the mystery out of this disorder.  We will help you understand PTSD and how you can get help.  Healing can occur no matter how these wounds developed.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel for those who do struggle with PTSD.

Own Your Emotions: Labeling and Communicating Your Feelings

This group will help you understand your emotions and how you react to them. Learn to share your feelings clearly so others understand you. Skills will be discussed to give you more control of your emotional reactions. Listen to this group and improve how you manage your emotions with success.

Caregiving and Mental Illness
The stigma and the symptoms of mental illness are difficult to cope with. These are tough challenges for those who care for a loved one with mental illness. In this group coping strategies are discussed. These tools can help you stay grounded as you deal with the upheavals of mental illness. Listen and find a path forward with less uncertainty.

Choosing Your Words: Harnessing the Power of Communication
Taking care of another person can be stressful. You may juggle many demands. It helps to know how to communicate well when you are stressed. This session will help you identify what you need. It will also help you learn to communicate your needs clearly. When you have a lot to cope with it is so important to be able to communicate well. Good communication skills can help you care for yourself and your loved one. Listen to this presentation and learn how to advocate for yourself and the person you care for.

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Need Help?

Your local Caregiver Support Coordinator is a licensed professional who can support you by matching you with services for which you are eligible, and providing you with valuable information about resources that can help you stay smart, strong and organized as you care for the Veteran you love.

Call VA’s Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274 to learn more about the support that is available to you and for assistance connecting with the Caregiver Support Coordinator at your local VA Medical Center.

Caregiver Support Program (CSP) - Menu of Resources (PDF)