Dr. Bridget Cantrell new Chief Clinical Officer at the Invictus Foundation

 Invictus Foundation names Dr. Bridget Cantrell as new Chief Clinical Officer

SEATTLE, Aug. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Invictus Foundation™, a national nonprofit organization providing individual and family behavioral health counseling services with licensed behavioral health practitioners to uniformed service members, veterans and their families, announces the appointment of Dr. Bridget C. Cantrell as its Chief Clinical Officer.

“This is a major milestone in the growth and maturation of our Organization," states Peter J. Whalen, the Founder and CEO of the Invictus Foundation. "Dr. Cantrell has superb clinical credentials, is an author of six books on behavioral health issues within the military and veteran communities and is a noted researcher and lecturer, the sponsor of numerous military/veterans workshops as well as being a consultant to the U.S. military for behavioral health issues affecting our men and women in uniform.”

“Dr. Cantrell has tremendous credibility with our military and veterans. She has spent a lifetime working with them. She will be leading the clinical execution of our efforts to expand community outreach for behavioral health services to our military, veterans and their families that are struggling to create a 'new normal' in their lives after experiencing the crucible of war," states Mr. Whalen.

“I was so pleased when Peter approached me and asked me to take the helm of the clinical leadership for the Invictus Foundation," states Dr. Cantrell. "He and I have had a long-term collaboration around his dream of improving access and service levels to uniformed services personnel, veterans and their families that stretch back to his founding of the Invictus Foundation eight years ago. I have always believed that he had the leadership skills, competency, credibility and character to one day have this request made of me by him."

"I'm excited to be involved with the Invictus Foundation in the continued development of its Welcome Home Networks (WHN) as well as the total quality management and continuous quality improvement of them. I will also be working on strengthening our telemedicine platform focused on expanding behavioral health services to uniformed services personnel, veterans and their families through this portal, developing an internet call-in radio show, creating podcasts and video cloud offerings as well as expanding seminar and conferences capabilities through the Invictus Foundation. The long term goal remains to build out eight regional TBI and Psychological Health Centers across the Country to which our regional Welcome Home Networks will be able to make referrals," states Dr. Cantrell.

Trauma and the power of the human spirit

Yes indeed it is about time we start talking about this. Wounds of the Soul run deep and certainly are not a sign of weakness or of being mentally unfit for the job.

Trauma shakes us to our core and leaves us rethinking so many assumptions we had previously held onto.

We must come together in transparent dialogue to adequately dispel the inaccurate myths that have been formulated over the decades and now discuss how trauma such as this clearly reorganizes our way of being in the world.

Our Warriors, whether they be in a combat zone or on the streets in our communities, are deeply touched by these traumatic experiences as are the civilians and citizens who also live through these harrowing situations. We as a nation are also affected and the way we knew our lives to be has been revamped. Through this trauma we emerge on the other side with skills and ideas that perhaps we had never realized. The power of the human spirit to live is one that many of you who read this have experienced first hand. This will to live and to reexamine how we come to survive when another has been taken is where some of the guilt, shame and self doubt emerge and stops us in our tracks.

These are some of the normal issues that must be fully worked through as we all move forward in our quest to heal. This is only a part of of our experience and it is through these earth shattering moments that we come to our knees with an ability to survive on all levels.

It takes time, hope and unconditional love from all us to help bolster our loved ones who are struggling so deeply.

With gratitude and blessings for all who have been touched by these difficult and life altering events.

Bridget Cantrell