Community Clergy Training Program
Time & Location
About the Event
Chaplain Gary Cowden of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will present the “Community Clergy Training Program,” from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 14, at the Bellingham Vet Center, 3800 Byron Avenue, Suite 124, Bellingham, WA.
The interactive (no-cost) training is intended to empower pastors, mental health professionals and others -- who in many communities may have somewhat limited experience working directly with Veterans, Service Members and their families – to better understand and assist on the unique challenges and issues faced by Veterans, Service Members and their families.
Through the material presented, participants will gain insight into military culture and the wounds of war; pastoral care for Veterans and their families and; mental health services and referral processes. Attendees will expand their knowledge of not only federal VA resources and programs, but via the interaction with Chaplain Cowden and training partners, have an improved understanding of Veteran-centric services and resources throughout Whatcom County. Note: Participants from Island, Skagit and San Juan Island Counties are also welcome and encouraged to join us on January 14.
In addition to clergy and mental health professionals, the training is open to others. This might include, for example, lay leaders of a congregation (especially if recommended for the training by their pastor), Veteran Services Officers and other Veteran-centric community providers and stakeholders.
Clergy, mental health professionals and others with interest in participating in this unique training, please contact:
You can also call to reach us:
Chaplain Gary Cowden, Chief of Chaplain Service, VA Puget Sound Health Care System: (206) 277-3713
Bob Mortenson, Field Consultant, Veterans Experience Office, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: (360) 568-4592
Veterans Experience Office (VACO)
Veterans, Family and Community Engagement
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: (360) 568-4592
Mobile: (206) 554-1491