Navy Offers Operational Stress Control Course to Leadership

Story Number: NNS110302-17Release Date: 3/2/2011 4:22:00 PM
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By Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy Operational Stress Control (OSC) Leader Course, a pre-conference workshop being offered in San Diego April 25, provides E-7s and above the latest practical training and delivers the most intensive and practical learning experience to date.

The six-hour course is characterized by dialogue, case studies and personal accounts of the impact of stress on individuals, families and units and presents tools and leadership interventions needed to build and maintain wellness.

"Chiefs and officers will learn how to assess individual and unit stress responses, and then how to apply practical tools to reduce unnecessary stress, identify problems early, and reduce the stigma associated with psychological stress issues," said Capt. Lori Laraway, OSC director.

According to Laraway, this specialized, practical, and effective training program will enhance leaders' knowledge and skills, so their Sailors and commands can realize the benefits of prevention and early intervention.

"The OSC tenets of prompt treatment and reintegration will help leaders balance the needs of mission requirements with individual needs," Laraway said. "Taking ownership of OSC, and applying its strategies is the best way to prevent stress injuries and reduce the need for treatment."

The OSC Leader Course enhances leadership capabilities and is not a "medical" course. It uses the Stress Continuum Model to focus leaders on the importance of recognizing and attending to personnel in the early stages of stress reactions, and provides those from the chief's mess and wardroom with the skills they need to promote resilience.

The course will be offered April 25, as a pre-conference workshop at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, Calif., the day prior to the start of the Navy and Marine Corps Combat and Operational Stress Control (COSC) Conference. The conference runs from April 26-29. Attendance is free, but seats are limited. While participation in the conference is encouraged, it is not a prerequisite for OSC Leader course registration.

To sign up for the course, go to and look on the right-hand side of the page for pre-conference workshop registration.

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