Not Your Average Jane
This presentation will encourage participants to examine aspects of the whole person when providing services to women in the military and understand that not all trauma experienced by women in the military is caused by exposure to catastrophic events.
- Participants will become familiar with reasons why women join the military and the large impact that reason has on their mental health while serving;
- participants will become familiar with therapeutic interventions currently endorsed by the VA;
- participants will become familiar with resources available to enhance knowledge regarding military culture and treating women in the military.
Rachael Fields is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and Missouri. She attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she earned both her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in social work. Mrs. Fields proudly serves a Captain in the United States Air Force Reserves as a social worker where she raises awareness of mental health concerns and promotes initiatives to reduce suicide and sexual assault among service members. In her civilian role, Mrs. Fields is a social worker for St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center where she provides therapeutic and case management services to a mostly forensic client population. Mrs. Fields is also a Licensed Direct Child Welfare Services professional in Illinois where she provided services to families involved with the Illinois child welfare system and managed day to day operations of a foster care program. Mrs. Fields has also provided clinical support services to inner-city youth attending a charter school in St. Louis City, and has provided therapeutic services to children, families, and couples as a therapist at a community mental health facility in Illinois.