Idaho Military Behavioral Health Alliance to Present Conference on the Growing Trend of Alternative Therapies

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The “Beyond Words Alternative Therapy” Conference will offer education on alternative therapies and a hands-on approach to treating the invisible wounds of war.

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“Alternative therapies are shifting the ways we approach mental wellness...," said Jean Kuty, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Licensed Acupuncturist, Psychological Health Coordinator Idaho Army National.

Join the Idaho Military Behavioral Health Alliance and local practicing therapists Friday, Jan. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a one-day “Beyond Words Alternative Therapy” conference on new alternative therapy options. The conference will offer education on alternative therapies and a hands-on approach to treating the invisible wounds of war.

Currently, a number of health care providers located in the Treasure Valley are using alternative therapy in their practices to combat and heal the stresses of war. Although evidence-based practices remain the benchmark for mental health treatment, alternative therapies are a growing trend among health care providers, including those who treat military patients. These holistic approaches are increasingly being recognized as a complement or one more option in the clinician toolbox. For those service members and veterans who have experienced trauma, alternative therapy may just be the answer to a boost in overall wellness.

The “Beyond Words Alternative Therapy” Conference is designed to educate and motivate discussions, offering attendees a deeper understanding of these therapies and ways in which they may support service members and veterans who are seeking mental health treatment. The conference is being held at the College of Idaho Simplot South Dining Hall located at 2112 Cleveland Boulevard in Caldwell, Idaho and it is open to all service members, their families, veterans, as well as practitioners, behavioral health professionals and others who support the state’s military in the course of their professional work.    

“Alternative therapies are shifting the ways we approach mental wellness, and we want to provide a platform for conference attendees to explore and interact with a variety of interesting modalities in order to express and process emotions and behaviors that are “beyond words”,” said Jean Kuty, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Licensed Acupuncturist, Psychological Health Coordinator Idaho Army National.

During the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions presented by local practicing therapists who will speak on alternative therapies such as writing-assisted therapy, equine-assisted therapy, art and music therapy, power breath and mindfulness and resilience education.

The “Beyond Words Alternative Therapy” Conference is made possible by the Idaho Military Behavioral Health Alliance, including the Army OneSource, the College of Idaho and the Idaho National Guard Family Programs. Free Continuing Education Credits will be offered at the conference along with a special presentation on suicide intervention skills, as well as an information fair. Light refreshments will be available throughout the day.

For more information and to register for this free event, visit http://beyond-words.eventbrite.com.

Media Contact:
Sheila Warner, State Community Support Coordinator, Army OneSource, (208) 660-5607, swarner@afsc.com.

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