Open Arms assists health providers to understand the military experience and maintain clinical best practice.
VERA is our clinical practice software. Clinicians can access VERA online.
The following guides provide an overview of the Australian military experience, ranks and terminology, as well as the arrangements and resources for the provision of Open Arms and Defence services to veterans and current serving ADF members:
Mental health advice
Open Arms draws on the latest Australian and international best practice guidelines for treatment of common mental health problems.
PTSD coach app
The PTSD Coach Australia app was developed to help serving and ex-serving military personnel target symptoms in real time, and with the assistance of a health professional, to use specific interventions to manage these symptoms.
Watch a YouTube video where Open Arms clinical psychologist, Dr Liam Connor recommends the PTSD Coach Australia mobile application for patients with trauma-related issues.
Open Arms (VVCS) Practitioner’s Guide
Open Arms provides comprehensive training prior to engagement:
- The Open Arms (VVCS) Practitioner’s Guide is an online training program for Open Arms centre counsellors, Outreach counsellors and other Open Arms contracted providers.
The guide highlights common mental health impacts that may result from a client’s exposure to military service and provides an overview of Open Arms clinical treatment expectations. It also alerts the practitioner to modern military psychological training enabling integration into treatment regimes if clinically indicated.
- The Understanding the Military Experience online training introduces practitioners to the military experience and potential traumatic exposure/s of current and former veterans and their families.
New users can access both The Open Arms Practitioner's Guide and Understanding the Military Experience through DVAtrain.
Online service delivery guide
Open Arms clinicians and peer workers can provide online mental health support to clients, according to their need, preference and situation.
Managing challenging behaviours
We've produced a quick reference guide for dealing with challenging client behaviours. The guide contains a list of practical do's and don'ts to help you manage difficult situations.