Groups And Classes | VA Battle Creek Healthcare


8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Gym open

Veterans have access to the gymnasium to play basketball, lift weights or work out on the cardio equipment.

Site: Gym building. 134

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

strength at home

These are continuous sessions. Dates and times will be established by the veteran and the clinician.

This is a comprehensive program to help veterans struggling with anger and conflict in their relationships. There are 12 two-hour sessions that focus on:

Understand abusive behavior and take responsibility for abuse, understand anger and trauma, learn ways to defuse situations that can lead to conflict and aggression, learn to view situations in a less hostile way , manage anger and stress more effectively, and communicate in more assertive ways.

Facilitator: Alison Mencarelli

Record: Please contact 269-223-6648

Format: Virtual and face-to-face groups are available to attend Battle Creek VA and most community outpatient clinics

Group capacity: ten

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Registration of veterans

This group is offered to give Veterans the opportunity to call to discuss any concerns or issues they have. COVID 19 has created an extremely stressful time for veterans in the community. The social isolation imposed on individuals can create stress. This will be an opportunity to share with each other.

Facilitator: Michael Morehouse

Record: Please contact 269-966-5600 ext. 31815.

Format: Video connection

Group capacity: ten

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


This is a thematic group that examines various components of recovery. Veterans attending the group are expected to participate in discussions on various aspects of recovery. (i.e. honesty, triggers, boundaries, relapse, etc.).

Facilitator: Russell Bell, LMSW

Phone: 269-966-5600 extension 31634

Group capacity: ten

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Survive and thrive all day

This group will meet weekly to discuss the daily struggles we face in our daily routines. Through the use of stress management information, discussion and support activities, the group will explore how our ability to cope with the difficulties we face is affected by our perspective.

Facilitator:Daryl Weekley

Contact: 269-966-5600, extension 39205

Zoom Group

Group capacity: 10 – Open to all veterans registered with the medical center

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Research Security Group

This group will cover topics such as trauma, substance use, coping skills, honesty, boundary setting, healthy relationships, anger healing, and more.

Facilitator: Kendra O’Keelean and Jessica Walker

Contact: 269-358-9741

Zoom Group

Group capacity: 12

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Housing search group

This group offers HUD-VASH participants who are currently looking for housing the opportunity to provide housing updates, discuss resources, barriers, and answer any questions regarding obtaining housing. housing through the HUD-VASH program.

Facilitator: Mike Witt

Record: Please contact Mike Whitt at 269-873-2226.

Format: Zoom

Group capacity: 10 (Open to Lansing HUD VASH veterans)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This group will be led by a Case Manager from the HUD/VASH program. This group is designed to be a place for Veterans to come together and discuss barriers they have or are facing in finding housing, as well as share current resources to identify possible housing options. Topics can range from finding affordable housing to communicating with landlords, reviewing orientation materials, reviewing resources, and more.

Facilitator: Tyler Langoni

Record: Please contact 269-873-2243

Format: Mixed/ Conference room HCHV/ B14R007C

Group capacity: N / A

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Weekend Check-In: Peer Support Group

Peer support groups are for people recovering from mental health. In this group, you will support each other while engaging in the recovery process and discuss many other benefits available to Veterans. Groups are facilitated by Certified Peer Support Specialists who help promote self-determination and help others regain control of their own lives while embracing the recovery model.

Facilitator: Reggie Howard

Contact: 269-966-5600 ext. 39209

Format: Zoom Group

Group capacity: 25- Open to all veterans registered with the medical center

1:00 p.m.

Woven (National Pilot Group)

To provide a unique social network of female veterans to foster connections and build relationships in local communities and across the country.

Facilitator: Mary Blythe

Contact: 269-966-5600 ext. 39370

Format: Virtual

Group capacity: Open to all female veterans

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Relaxation Chair

Therapeutic goals:

Relax, strengthen and energize your mind and body without leaving your seat! During the sessions, we will go through simple routines including chair poses, stretches and relaxation techniques in a supportive environment. It’s a great way to not only maintain and build strength and flexibility, but also help calm your mind. This group can be enjoyed without having any experience.

Limit: ten

Record: Please contact Alexandra Norton, CTRS at 269-275-7882 or [email protected]


Group capacity: ten

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Integrated spirituality and recovery

Therapeutic goals:

Integrated Spirituality & Recovery (IS&R) is the “spiritual” version of the 12-step program. At each step, it helps the veteran to see how, by embracing their higher power for long-term sobriety and abstinence from drugs, they are allowing a new narrative to be written in their life.

Facilitator: Chaplain Hooey

Record: Please contact 269-966-5600 ext. 36598

Format: Zoom

Target audience: Spirituality

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Healthy lifestyle and ask the nurse

This group is dedicated to educating veterans on the importance of healthy living associated with diet, sleep, and other self-care topics. A portion of this group will also be designated for a Q&A session regarding medical conditions and medication education. These subjects will be defined beforehand in order to avoid any possible disclosure to PHI.

Facilitator: Alicia Pretler

Record: Please contact Alicia Prentler at 269-873-2189

Format: Video and audio zoom (phone)

Target audience: HUD-VASH and Residential Veterans

Capacity: ten

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Diabetes Education Course

This group is focused on diabetes education. Meets the first three Mondays of the month. Except holidays.

Facilitator: Andrea Garver

Contact: 269-223-5794

Format: CVV

Group capacity: Open to all veterans and family members

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This group will be led by a Case Manager from the HUD/VASH program. This group is designed to be a place for Veterans to come together and discuss barriers they have or are facing in finding housing, as well as share current resources to identify possible housing options. Topics can range from finding affordable housing, contacting landlords, reviewing orientation materials, reviewing resources, and more. If you are a HUD/VASH veteran, feel free to join us using the VANTS line listed below.

Facilitator: Tyler Langoni (ext. 31726)

Record: Please contact Tyler Langoni at 269-873-2243

Format: Zoom video & audio (telephone)

Target audience: HUD/VASH veterans seeking or needing assistance in finding/securing housing.

Capacity: N / A

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Organize your life

Life can be so hectic these days, so hectic that everything seems out of order and it’s like it’s all happening at once. It’s time to admit that we need help organizing our lives. Never miss another appointment because you’re so overloaded. Organize your life at home, at work and everything in between. Join this group and learn to organize yourself.

Facilitator: Emily MacDonald

Record: Please contact Emily MacDonald at 269-615-5726

Format: Zoom

Target audience: All HCHV Veterans

Capacity: Unlimited

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Learn to help others

The purpose of this group is to educate veterans on how they can learn peer support skills to set up support groups or how to interact with a veteran who is struggling to recover. The group is interactive where veterans are expected to share and examine their own recovery experiences to better understand how to help others.

Facilitator: Russell Bell. LMSW

Phone. 269-966-5600 ext. 31634

Group capacity: ten


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