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Newsletter | Fall 2020 | South Central MIRECC

New Vocational Training Manual and Updated Get Moving and Get Well Manual

Our Clinical Educator Grant program helps VISN 16 and 17 mental health providers create and share resources that improve treatment for rural and other Veterans who face barriers to care. We give these products to Veterans, VA providers, and the public for free. Visit our Clinical Educator Products webpage to access all of our products.

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COMPASS: Vocational Materials for Veterans with Barriers to Employment

The job search process can be, and often is, a stressful experience for Veterans, especially if they have a history of felonies. Concern over rejection, fear of new experiences, feeling unqualified, and explaining their history are just some of the feelings that can occur. COMPASS is a job readiness course for Veterans seeking employment. It includes a manual that covers topics such as skills, job applications, resumes, interviews, networking, and more. It also has 21 videos that demonstrate job readiness concepts that are discussed in the manual. The manual will take you step by step through a process of identifying your interests, naming your weaknesses, and exploring options, and it is particularly useful for Veterans with legal barriers to employment.

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Get Moving and Get Well Manual (2nd Edition)

This manual was developed for Veterans living with psychotic disorders, major depression, bipolar disorder, and severe posttraumatic stress disorder who have difficulty identifying and making use of opportunities for physical activity. It helps individuals take positive steps to increase a general sense of well-being and promote improved mental and physical health. It has been updated with sections on weight stigma, mindful self-compassion, mindful walking, and forest bathing. It focuses on overcoming barriers to physical activity in rural communities and includes recommendations for how to conduct Get Moving and Get Well in situations where telehealth and/or social distancing is required to maintain the safety of participants and the community. It is designed to be delivered in two parts over half a year; Part I consists of 60-minute classes scheduled twice a week for 16 weeks and Part II is 8 weeks long.


Last updated: October 29, 2020