Q: How long is the program?
A: The program will begin on Friday at 2:00 p.m. and end on Sunday at noon. Couples should be willing to attend the entire retreat and participate in all activities.
Q: How is this program different from treatment?
A: This workshop is not treatment or counseling. Participants cannot have any medical or psychiatric conditions that would require significant attention, preclude participation or distract from the retreat experience. Couples must also be willing and able to abstain from alcohol use for the entire workshop.
Q: Why is the event being offered free of charge? Are you going to try to sell me something?
A: Veterans Healing Through Connection workshops are possible because of a generous grant given to Caron Treatment Centers. There will be no active solicitation or sales pitch. As part of our efforts to ensure the best care possible, therapeutic referrals may be given if desired.
Q: Isn't Caron Treatment Centers for treating drug and alcohol addiction? Is this workshop addiction-related?
A: Caron Treatment Centers is a nationally recognized non-profit provider of alcohol and drug addiction treatment. Breakthrough at Caron is part of the Caron continuum of care. The Breakthrough program focuses on personal and relational growth, healthy intimacy and breaking dysfunctional relationship patterns. Although the counseling staff is very knowledgeable about most compulsive disorders, the Breakthrough workshop has no direct connection to addiction or the Caron treatment programs.
Q: Does this workshop address issues related to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
A: This workshop is not treatment for PTSD. The goal of this workshop is to create, strengthen or restore connection and healthy intimacy in your relationship. With that said, couples counseling has been shown to improve symptoms related to PTSD.
Q: How many people can attend the workshop at one time?
A: Participation is limited to a maximum of seven couples per group.
Q: What kinds of activities will be a part of the workshop, and what kinds of issues will we address?
A: Couples will participate in a variety of activities that will help them strengthen relationships, open lines of communication, understand one another's perspectives, overcome relational obstacles and grow individually and as a couple. Activities are done as a couple and as a group.
Q: What is the structure of the program?
A: Each weekend retreat will be led by at least two facilitators. The program is designed to allow couples a combination of meaningful growth opportunities as well as relaxation and recreation.
Q: Who developed this workshop, and how do they understand the needs of military families?
The workshop was developed by licensed marriage and family therapists, including a retired Navy serviceman. These licensed professionals have many years of experience working with individuals, couples and families on a variety of issues.
Q: Will my military unit and/or commanding officer know about my participation or issues addressed?
Only if you share it with them. There will be no written case notes or formal record kept. Facilitators are ethically and professionally bound by strict confidentiality. The weekend workshop is not affiliated with or required to be report to any military branch or organization.