April 2020
Our Cohen Clinic is Here to Help & Accepting Clients via Telehealth

Now more than ever, our veterans and military family members are in need of our help. As we transition our existing clients from in-person visits to Telehealth appointments, face-to-face video therapy, we are also accepting new clients. We are offering a full range of services via Telehealth, including assessment, therapy, case management, and medication management to clients throughout the San Diego area. Over the last couple of weeks, our excellent team of care coordinators have been assisting both current and new clients to set up their treatment, virtually.
Last week we learned that more than 90 percent of all clinical sessions at Cohen Clinics nationwide through Cohen Veterans Network were conducted via Telehealth, a testament to the ease and convenience of the platform. Our team has been working individually with all clients to make sure their needs are met. And, if childcare is an issue, our care coordinators may be able to help! We remain available to provide mental health services via this virtual therapy, which is utilized through smartphone, tablet or computer from the comfort and safety of our clients' homes.
During these uncertain times, it’s vital to keep mental health a priority, whether that means continuing existing therapy or starting fresh. If you know a veteran or military family member dealing with stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health challenges, we are here. We encourage veterans and military family members to use our confidential Telehealth platform to help get through these trying times.
To learn more about Telehealth, call us at (619) 345-4611 or email us at info@cohenvvsd.org . You may also visit our website at vvsd.net/cohenclinicsandiego and follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @CohenClinicVVSD for updated information.
By Marla Monk, MA, MSW, LCSW

April is Month of the Military Child and although we are in a period of uncertain times, there is at least one thing that is certain -- our military kiddos are awesome! 

During April, we take the opportunity to honor the sacrifices military children make along with their military parents. From moving every three years, being away from one or both parents for extended periods of time, taking on additional responsibilities at home when mom or dad is away, making new friends and adjusting to new schools to worrying about the safety of their parents on top of the pressures of just being a kid, being a military child is a tough job!

Traditionally, many schools and communities take the opportunity to honor military children during the month of April. This year, it is especially important to honor military children as many are adjusting to school taking place at home and/or online. 

Just because many schools aren’t in session now, doesn’t mean we can’t honor military children at home. Here are just a few ways you can honor your military children this month:

  • Give your children the honor of picking a special meal to celebrate being a military child
  • Wear purple to “Purple Up” in support of military children
  • Make a special craft with a focus on what your child thinks honor means to them
  • Bake a cake or treat together with a purple theme (purple cupcakes anyone?)
  • Have a special "purple" parade in and around the home, this will help to get the wiggles out and make a fun use of pots and pans.   

Finally, and most importantly, take time to talk with your child and take the opportunity to thank your military kiddos for being awesome and resilient.
During these uncertain times, it can be challenging to obtain essential resources. Our case manager, Ashley Tatum, has put together the below list of resources for veterans and military families to utilize amid the COVID-19 crisis. For information about additional resources, call us at (619) 345-4611 .

Military One Source: Facebook Live with Resources for Military Families

Warriors at Ease: Facebook Yoga

Armed Services YMCA of San Diego: Operation Little Learners

USO of San Diego Online Workshops: StoryTime, TeenTalk and More

American Red Cross Military and Veteran Caregiver Network:
Online Support Groups for Caregivers

Planet Fitness: “Work-Ins”

Author Mo Willems: Free Lunchtime Doodling Class
The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic
at Veterans Village of San Diego

Phone : (619) 345-4611
Email : info@cohenvvsd.org