SPOTLIGHT: Ft. Worth, TX Affiliate’s Programs for Returning Vets, Children

Woman-soldier-and-child webThrough its "Enduring Families" and "Enduring Women" programs, the Recovery Resource Council (RRC), NCADD's Fort Worth, TX Affiliate, offers free and confidential counseling services to returning veterans in Tarrant County.

The programs have been funded in part through the United Way of Tarrant County.

The Enduring Families program provides counseling to the veteran and also to the veteran's family members for issues that are unique to a family who has experienced deployment. The counseling services offered in this program are individual, couples, family therapy and parenting help. The therapy is conducted by licensed professionals who are themselves veterans or spouses of veterans; all therapy is evidence-based. The program has served 82 individuals from twenty-one families.

The Enduring Women program addresses women veterans experiencing various issues including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, military sexual trauma, reintegration issues, substance abuse or parenting difficulties. Twenty-nine women have successfully completed the program.

Recovery Resources Council's CEO, Eric Neidermayer, states, "Military women and their families living with these types of post-deployment threats to psychological and physical health have enrolled in our uniquely designed program that we have shown through our program evaluation data to significantly increase their chances of successful recovery".

Judith Alexander Priest, LPC, Director of the RRC Clinical Division, supervises program delivery by licensed counselors and certified peer navigators who are veterans or veteran spouses. Utilizing retired veterans and spouses of veterans who have personally experienced post-deployment threats and also have professional expertise is crucial to the positive outcomes RRC clients have experienced. The counselor and peer navigator work as a team to thoroughly assess each client's needs and tailor an individualized therapeutic model involving cognitive restructuring techniques to maximize each client's strengths aimed at increasing their resiliency to stress and recuperating from negative life circumstances.

The programs have been evaluated by the University of North Texas Health Science Center and the program evaluator, Dr. Vicki Nejtek, an Associate Professor at UNT, says, "Most of the 121 veterans enrolling in the program had moderate to severe PTSD symptoms, severe depression and anxiety and they rated their quality of life as poor. After 12 weeks of program participation, the data showed statistically significant reductions in depression, anxiety, and increased coping and quality of life that had a 6 out of 1000 chance that the improvements were not a fluke but, but were due to the program's effectiveness. I'd say those are pretty impressive recovery results that our veterans deserve."

In addition to the two veterans' programs, Recovery Resource Council also offers a 10-week Curriculum-Based Support Group (CBSG) program to children suffering from adverse childhood experiences who are considered "at risk" for mental illness, addiction, and delinquency.

The program is approved by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

In 600 children in grades K-3 who participated in the CBSG program, statistically significant improvements in confidence/self-esteem, cooperation, listening skills, decision-making, and socially appropriate interactions with teachers and peers were evident up to 1-year after completing the program. In children in grades 4-6, CBSG participation significantly enhanced their understanding that smoking, alcohol, and drug use is bad for them and using these substances could get them into trouble. The data also showed that children's resolve to resist alcohol and drug-using peers substantially improved as did their recognition that they could have fun without using these substances.

For more information about Recovery Resources Council, its veterans, family, children and other programs, contact:

Eric Niedermayer, CEO
Recovery Resource Council
2700 Airport Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76111
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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

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