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Experiences With VHA Care: A Qualitative Study of U.S. Women Veterans With Self-Reported Trauma Histories

About the Course:

More than 450,000 women veterans used Veterans Health Administration (VHA) services during 2015 alone. Despite effort to improve care for women veterans, many disparities still exist. Of particular concern are those disparities experienced by women veterans with PTSD and/or a history of military sexual assault. This study provides secondary data analyses of a qualitative study examining women veterans’ perceptions of the VA healthcare system.

This course is based on the article, Experiences with VHA Care: A Qualitative Study of U.S. Women Veterans with Self-Reported Trauma Histories created by Shannon M. Kehle-Forbes, PhD, LP, et al. in 2017.

Publication Date:

BMC Women's Health, 17 2017

Course Material Author

Shannon M. Kehle-Forbes, PhD, LP
Shannon Kehle-Forbes, PhD is a clinical psychologist interested in understanding and treating post-deployment health problems. Specifically, her interests and expertise are in the areas of dissemination and implementation of evidence-based psychotherapies for PTSD, treatment seeking and access, and conditions often comorbid with PTSD (mild traumatic brain injury and substance use disorders). Her work has been published in several peer reviewed journals.

Shannon M. Kehle-Forbes, PhD, LP authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Course Creator

Jennifer Henderson
Dr. Henderson completed her PhD in clinical psychology at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda MD, and my internship at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Medical Center in San Antonio TX. She is am an integrative therapist who focuses on brief, positive, solutions-focused therapy and is experienced in treating a variety of mental health concerns-- depression, anxiety, stress, grief, trauma, parenting concerns, and more. She is currently practicing in Alaska.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers who work with female veterans. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe utilization patterns and concerns of women accessing the VA health care system.
  2. Describe some of the unique health care challenges of women with sexual assault history.
  3. Identify the salient resultsand clinical implications of this study.

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Course Number 102349
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