SCF Soldier’s Heart Training Application Deadline June 29

Are you a veteran or first responder and looking for resources to help overcome feeling overwhelmed or stressed? No cost help is a phone call away.

Southcentral Foundation is holding a week long Soldier’s Heart Training. This five-day educational training is designed for veterans and first responders who have experienced post-traumatic stress. It aims to reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress, provide community to talk about shared experiences, and re-categorize post-traumatic stress as a normal response to extreme events. This training is named Soldier’s Heart in honor of a common title used by physicians during the Civil War.

The next Southcentral Foundation Soldier’s Heart Training is scheduled for July 26 to Aug. 1. The application deadline for this no cost training is June 29.

Held at SCF’s Lark Street location, housing and meals will be provided. Aftercare is available in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough through learning circles. This innovative and comprehensive training program teaches participants tools to help reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress among veterans, first responders, and their families. It is not a medical or diagnostic program. Some of the topics include survival guilt and shame, trauma triggers, finding meaning and forgiveness.

If you are interested in a future training, contact the SCF Soldier’s Heart Training at (907) 729-6671, email us at soldiersheart@Southcentralfoundation.com  or visit southcentralfoundation.com/services/soldiers-heart/

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