We’re excited to announce the release of an updated version of the Warrior Stories Platform. This release is focused on performance: increasing the responsiveness of the app and reducing wait times. Users should see the “waiting clock” icon a lot less, especially when creating panels with multiple characters. [More...]
We completed the training of a VA clinical psychologist providing services at a supportive residential community for Post-9/11 male veterans in Northern California. The Warrior Stories app will be used in a variety of ways to support the residents as they learn to manage post-deployment challenges.
We’ve updated both our clinician and client training programs, making it easier for clinicians to get trained on the Warrior Stories Platform, and to train their clients on using the app. For clinicians, the “Basic Training” program has been streamlined to three live sessions conducted via video and screen-sharing. These sessions are conducted by a Warrior Stories trainer and one of our consulting clinicians. A dedicated online site supports the homework and individual practice activities. [More...]
Rumi will be assisting in the development of training materials, participating in clinician training sessions, and advising the team on the development of interventions using the Warrior Stories app. She brings over 9 years experience in human services, including work in adult behavioral health, and is a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Masters in Art Therapy and Counseling program. Rumi is based in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. [More…]
Warrior Stories Platform team members Doug Nelson and Suzanne Fields presented to the Illinois Joining Forces Behavioral Health Working Group on May 1, 2017. Through collaboration with IJF leadership, the Warrior Stories team has deepened its relationship with a variety of Chicago-based veteran serving organizations. IJF is a statewide, public-private network of veteran and military-serving organizations that collaborates in person and online to help Service members, veterans, and their families identify and marshal resources and services available to them througho...
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with researchers at the DOD’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) to submit a clinical pilot research proposal focused on using Warrior Stories as an adjunct to Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy. PE is an evidence-based practice that’s widely used within the Military Healthcare System and the Veterans Health Administration as a treatment for PTSD. [More...]
We’ve had the privilege of sharing Warrior Stories in presentations and demonstrations at several events this past month. Click through to read details of our participation in the Dry Hootch Wisconsin Warrior Summit (Milwaukee, WI), the Road Home Military Family Symposium (Chicago, IL), and the Beyond Boots Womens Veterans Conference (Honolulu, HI). [More...]
We are pleased to announce that our next pilot test will be run with VetCAT, a Veterans’ Creative Arts Therapy Program in Chicago, IL. Art therapist and adjunct associate professor for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Suellen Semekoski, will facilitate this multiple session pilot where veterans will be using the panel creation, sequencing, and storytelling / annotation features of the software.
The Warrior Stories Platform was selected as an innovation to be showcased at this first annual gathering to address TBI, PTSD, and veteran mental health. We presented to the VA leadership and brainstormed with leaders in the field. [More...]
Four female veterans participated in our first pilot test with One Savvy Veteran, a Veterans Service Organization based in Chicago focusing on reintegration support for female veterans. During this one-day pilot, each participant learned how to use the Warrior Stories Platform and then spent time creating a panel that was meaningful to her. The results were exciting and inspirational. All the participants learned the tool quickly and created powerful images from their military experience or transition to civilian life.
We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be doing one of our first pilot tests with a great Veterans organization based in Chicago, One Savvy Veteran. During the pilot we’ll evaluate how a small group of veterans can use the Warrior Stories Platform in a recreational context, and solicit their suggestions for feature and art library improvements. [More...]
Warrior Stories was featured at two panels that addressed the role of digital media and graphic narrative in art therapy. Art therapists were also able to try out the platform at our booth, which resulted in some incredibly powerful moments. [More...]
We presented the Warrior Stories Platform at this invitation-only event at the National Institutes of Health. Representatives from the VA, military, and medical fields responded positively and encouraged continued development and implementation. [More...]
The Warrior Stories prototype was exhibited at the 45th Annual American Art Therapy Conference in San Antonio, TX.
We met art therapists interested in using a digital art creation tool and collected feedback about how they might incorporate it in their practice. This information will help us as we begin designing the administrative back-end of the platform.