Workshop: Working with Service Members

Military Counseling

Note: This workshop was cancelled due to low response. We require a minimum of 20 registrants and received 12. If you wish to be notified of future workshop training opportunities, please contact us.


Working with Service Members: Prevention and Intervention Strategies


  • Dr. Rebecca Jacobson
  • Donna Marsh

(see “About the Presenters” below)


Date: Friday, September 26, 2014


Chilton-Shelby Mental Health Center
151 Hamilton Lane
Calera, AL 35040

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Phone: (205) 668-4308


Click here to download mail-in Registration Form


Working with Service Members: Prevention and Intervention Strategies

Returning to “how things were” before the deployment of Service Members is rarely a smooth transition.

Service Members return to a family that shifted in household management, childcare, and individual responsibilities. Service Members also return with heavy baggage not easily discarded.

In a less stressful and demanding environment, memories, fears, and confusion more freely surface and interfere with daily life. Mental health care professionals have an opportunity and role in providing “informed and trained” mental health services to Service Members and their families.

This workshop is first in a series of trainings to prepare mental health providers for this service.


  • 8:00 am – 8:30 am ~ Registration
  • 8:30 am – 11:45 am ~ Morning Workshop Session (includes 15 min break)
  • 11:45 am -1:00 pm ~ Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm ~ Afternoon Workshop Session (includes 15 minute break)


  • Develop an understanding of the military culture and its overt and covert expectations and responsibilities of Service Members;
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of deployment and the return from deployment on the Service Members and their families;
  • Learn how to identify and meet the unique behavior health needs of Service Members, including PTSD/TBI;
  • Learn how to build and maximize the resiliency of Service Members and their families;
  • Learn suicidal prevention skills and how to work with Service Members with suicidal ideation; and
  • Learn how to utilize resources available to Service Members and their families.


Rebecca Jacobson PhotoDr. Rebecca Jacobson obtained Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees in Psychology from Auburn University at Montgomery and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Educational Psychology from Auburn University.

She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist.

For many years Dr. Jacobson carried a private practice, Creative Interventions Counseling, focused on clients experiencing traumatic loss, grief, and other types of trauma.

In 2011, Dr. Jacobson began working with the Alabama National Guard Yellow Ribbon Program.

As the Resilience, Risk Reduction, and Suicide Prevention Program Manager she provides workshops on the stages of deployment, reintegration, resilience and suicide prevention. She continues to serve “those who serve” and considers it an honor to offer her skills to the men and women of the Alabama National Guard.

Donna Marsh has worked in the Counseling field for over sixteen years.

She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.

She began her career at a local community mental health agency with concentration in grief therapy, depression, and anxiety, working with adults, adolescents and children. Her professional career also includes working with hospitalized children and their families at Children’s Harbor/Children’s Hospital of Alabama.

Donna was instrumental in the establishment of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team who counsels with Chaplains and Police in the aftermath of traumatic incidents. Donna began work with the Alabama National Guard in 2012 as the Director of Psychological Health. Her work includes assisting Service Members in their transition back into their families, community, and lives, following their time of deployment.



  • Spaces are not guaranteed until your registration is processed.
  • You can register on-line (via Paypal “BUY NOW” button on homepage) or by postal mail.
  • For registration by postal mail: download, complete, and mail registration to the address provided on form.
  • Check or money order only if registering by postal mail. Purchase Orders are not accepted.
  • Credit Cards accepted if registering online.
  • Mail in registration must be postmarked by September 19, 2014.
  • Online Registration deadline is September 16, 2014.
  • Participants can register on location on day of workshop.


  • $50 – All Registrants


If you are interested in membership, please send a separate check made out to APT for dual membership in APT (Association for Play Therapy Association, Inc.) and AAPT (Alabama Association for Play Therapy) along with your completed membership application.

Membership applications are available from membership chairman Rebekah Clark,


Registrants canceling up to 48 hours before a workshop will receive a tuition refund less a $20 administrative fee, or if requested, a voucher good for one year for a future workshop.

All requests must be made in writing or by email. No refunds issued for any reason after September 24, 2014. In the unlikely event the workshop cannot be held, registrants will receive complimentary admission to a rescheduled workshop or a full value voucher, good for one year, for a future workshop.


GENERAL questions:

Katie McKeen (334) 272-8949 or


Maura Pratt (334) 868-8290 or


Six Contact Hours (.6 NBCC approved CEUs) will be awarded for full day of attendance. No partial credit will be awarded.

AAPT is a NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.


Lunch: Participants will have 75 minutes for lunch. Information about places to eat will be provided at the workshop.

Special Needs: If you require ADA accommodations, please notify us at least two weeks before the program date so that arrangements can be made. Contact Maura Pratt (334) 868-8290 or, Registration and CEU Coordinator.