Navy Operational Stress Control for Leaders Completes 100th Class


Story Number: NNS120810-25Release Date: 8/10/2012 3:33:00 PM
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From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Navy's Operational Stress Control (OSC) Program surpassed a milestone Aug. 10 with completion of the 100th presentation of its Navy OSC for Leaders Course (NAVOSC-LEAD) at NTC Great Lakes, Ill.

The course presented by the OSC Mobile Training Team East is designed to show Navy Leaders how to assess individual and unit stress response and readiness and help their Sailors navigate stress.

"The Leaders Course uses the Stress Continuum Model as a tool to focus leaders on how important it is to recognize and attend to personnel in the early stages of stress," said Capt. Kurt Scott, director, Navy Behavioral Health. "The focus is on prevention rather than treatment and addresses stress injuries early on as well as provides Navy leaders with the skills to promote resilience.

The course is not a medical course; it is intended to enhance leadership capabilities and is characterized by dialogue, case studies and personal leader stories that highlight or underscore the impact of stress on individuals and their families.

"The course uses the application of tools and leadership intervention to build and maintain wellness. It is intended to build balanced and informed empathy for Sailors," said Scott. The course is designed for officers and chief petty officers.

To date, the course has been taught by East and West Coast Mobile Training Teams to more than 2,500 officers and chiefs of dozens of CONUS and OCONUS expeditionary units, shore commands, two aircraft carriers, and several smaller surface vessels.

For more information about the course or Navy Operational Stress Control, visit wwww.navynavstress.com.

For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/npc/.

 
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