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Give an Hour Student Liaison Training

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Give an Hour is the lead activation partner of Got Your 6 health pillar. Give an Hour and its partners are leading an effort to educate 100,000 undergraduate and graduate students in the mental health field and thereby prepare them to support those who serve and their families.
The Need for
Mental Health Care
Give an Hour
What we will cover
Give an Hour Student Liaison Volunteer

Recent Honors
TV PSA on YouTube: here


Our Services
How You Can Help
Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen

Founded by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen September 2005

To meet mental health needs of troops and families affected by post-9/11 conflicts

Educate general public

Develop volunteer network of 40,000 mental health professionals

Enable easy and widespread access to volunteer network

Diminish stigma associated with mental health through the Campaign to Change Direction

Dr. Van Dahlen named to
2012 TIME List of
100 most influential people in the world

2014-Dr. Van Dahlen was recognized by the Chief of Staff to the United States Army, General Ray Odierno, and awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Award for her extraordinary contribution to the U.S. Military.

Give an Hour selected one of five winners of the White House’s Joining Forces Community Challenge
(April 2012)

Most people value opportunity to respond to worthy cause

People more likely to donate time if it can be done easily

Act of giving has powerful and positive effect on those who give and those who receive

Providing people in need with opportunity to give back promotes dignity and self-respect

We can harness the knowledge of mental health professionals to educate the larger community about mental health issues our veterans face

Everyone is affected by experience of war; those who have served—and their loved ones—need help dealing with after effects of their service

Complement DoD and VA health care delivery by serving those not eligible for military health care or seeking care outside the current system of services

Couples and Families
Children and Adolescents

Commit one hour per week for one year
Receive up-to-date training

Over 2.6 million troops deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Persian Gulf (Op. Iraqi Freedom, Op. Enduring Freedom, Op. New Dawn) since September 11, 2001

6,806 troops killed and 51,971 wounded (as of May 14, 2014)

Over 300,000 returning troops (18 percent) suffer from severe depression or post-traumatic stress

Over 320,000 (19 percent) have suffered a traumatic brain injury

Only about half have of both groups have sought treatment

Rates of PTSD are as high as 35 percent among OIF/OEF veterans

Symptoms of post-traumatic stress and depression will cost nation as much as $6.2 billion in the two years following deployment (calculating direct medical care and costs of lost productivity and suicide)

For each military member deployed, 8-10 family members are directly affected by his or her service
Veterans in general U.S. population, whether affiliated with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or not, are at an increased risk of suicide. With a projected rise in the incidence of functional impairment and psychiatric morbidity among veterans of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, clinical and community interventions directed toward patients in both VA and non‐VA healthcare facilities are needed

Our Services- Consultation

Impact and Partners
Where Do I Fit in Give an Hour's Work?
Our Services- Counseling
Give an Hour
Student Liaison Training

Faculty and Staff

Give an Hour has committed to:

Supporting Mental Health Faculty
so that they are prepared to educate students

Highlighting participating universities
and organizations for their exemplary work

Collecting and sharing resources
from universities and partners across the nation to assist faculty in training students

Providing opportunities to collaborate:
Give an Hour Connected-Faculty Resource Sharing Portal

Student Liaison Opportunity:
Be a champion of Give an Hour at your university

Give an Hour Connected Resources:

Get your Certificate and Badge

Training and Resource Sharing:

Provide students with trainings and information

Topics include:

Military Culture
Deployment and Reintegration
Mental Health
Military Families and Children

Providing care for military members and family members at a ratio of roughly 60:40

Among the more than 40 active partnerships Give an Hour™ has established in the last two years are those with American Psychiatric Foundation, Mission Continues, Red Cross, Robin Hood Foundation, TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), Team Rubicon, Wounded Warrior Project

We are endorsed by all major mental health associations: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, American Association of Pastoral Counselors, American Mental Health Counselors Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, American Psychological Association, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Mental Health America, National Association of Social Workers

We are recognized by key agencies
such as the DoD, VA, DCoE, etc.

Impact and Partners

Our Web site www.giveanhour.org connects military families and providers; please also visit our interactive site connected.giveanhour.org

We offer consultation to
other veterans service organizations

As well as
in-service training to counseling centers
education and outreach services

With nearly 7,000 providers across 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam—and still growing—we offer treatment for:

substance abuse
post-traumatic stress
traumatic brain injuries
sexual health and intimacy concerns
loss and grieving

What are Student Liaisons?
Assisting in connecting Give an Hour with students, faculty, and opportunities at your university
Creating, attending, and presenting at your university or in your community to raise awareness of Give an Hour’s services and programs
Assisting with peer-to-peer recruitment, discussing the benefit of Give an Hour Got Your 6 training and partnerships, asking supervisors or faculty to share information with their students
Regular presentations to student organizations, classes, or interested groups (materials provided)

Ask supervisors or faculty/staff to teach students about the specific issues that affect our military and families

Report current trainings, opportunities, or connections at your university to Give an Hour staff

Facilitate peer-to-peer dialogue and encouraging participation
Promote regular media coverage (assist in sharing provided materials to school media sources, placing posters in schools & agencies)

Being a strong social media presence!! (using your presence to tell others about Give an Hour)

Six Ways to Spread Awareness

Give an Hour has committed to collaborate with universities, mental health partners, nonprofit partners, and veterans service organizations to ensure the next generation of mental health professionals are properly prepared to serve the needs of our military and their families.

Step One: Identify Yourself!
Identify yourself as a student, Give an Hour volunteer, and liaison in class, with friends, to faculty!

Add information to your signature line in email about the Got Your 6 Training Ground!

Earn your Give an Hour Volunteer Badge and display it proudly!

Tweet and Post on social media about your commitment to serve!

Add your volunteer role to your resume!

Step Three: Report to Give an Hour
Give an Hour Liaisons are required to check in at least once per month with staff.

What great things have you accomplished?

What trainings, course work, or opportunities are upcoming?

What experiences have you had as a volunteer?

How many students have been/are being trained?

Are there concerns or questions we can address?
Step Two: Encourage Others
Send information to other students or organizations

Encourage others to join Connected online--add the link to join to your email signature

Share your positive experiences as a volunteer

Mention Give an Hour services in groups or class

Forward faculty and students a copy of the newsletter

Write an article for your university’s newsletter about Give an Hour

Don’t forget to follow-up
Helpful Tips and Tools
I know what to do, so how do I do it?
Giving Presentations
Contact faculty, professors, or school organizations to set up presentations
(student mental health groups, culture or 101 courses, veterans groups)

Request Give an Hour PowerPoints
and materials in advance

Study materials
to ensure you can provide information about them

Talk about your own experience
and why Give an Hour is important to you

Remain Professional
--remember to represent Give an Hour, not your personal opinion

Direct questions to Give an Hour staff
when needed
articles and materials only

Share articles you write with staff
before submitting to university

Repost and retweet
from Give an Hour social media outlets or Connected site for up-to-date information

If you have a question,
please ask!

Student Training and Certificate

Resources and Topics

Participating School Pages

Faculty and Student Forums and Discussion

A Celebration of Service
Using "Connected"
Virtual Tags and Links



Give an Hour and Got Your 6 Groups



Questions or Comments
Lisa Calixto
Program Specialist
Give an Hour™


Give an Hour™’s four key goals:
To provide free mental health services to military personnel and their loved ones
Volunteer providers include various mental health professionals
Collaborate with governmental agencies, private and non profits
-- Jon Towers, senior policy advisor, U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
"The VA and DoD can't do it alone. We need to rely on community providers.”
At an average rate of $100/hour, our providers have donated nearly
$15 million worth of counseling and education- over 180,000 hours!
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