The first training for behavioral health providers was held in March 2013 at the University of Maryland, College Park, and two remote sites in the state, Hagerstown and Harford Community Colleges. More than 400 psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychical/occupational therapists were trained on a variety of issues facing veterans and their families. These topics included deployment cycle and reintegration challenges; family stress and relationship problems; PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and their comorbidities; veteran women’s health issues; sleep disorders and nightmares; and suicide prevention.
Training was provided by experts from the Center for Deployment Psychology, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. A panel of veterans and spouses spoke at each training location about their personal experiences transitioning from military to civilian life. Participants were also provided quick clinical screening tools and a variety of resources on distress warning signs and best practices to use in treatment.
In January 2013, MaVRI collaborated with the University of Maryland and the Center for Deployment Psychology to train 120 college Counseling Center professionals from across the state on best practices for working with student veterans.
In September 2013, MaVRI partnered with the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) to offer an advanced, 2-day Prolonged Exposure Therapy training to licensed clinicians who had completed at least one prior training on behavioral health issues affecting veterans and their families. Dr. David Riggs, Executive Director of CDP, served as the trainer. Dr. Riggs is a clinical and research psychologist who has published widely on trauma, domestic violence and behavioral therapy, and who has trained countless mental health professionals from the U.S. and other nations in techniques for treating PTSD, anxiety disorders, and other behavioral health conditions. MaVRI’s Prolonged Exposure Therapy training was held in Howard County, Maryland, and was completed by 143 licensed clinicians.
Two more trainings, one targeting primary care providers, and one focusing on behavioral health issues of women veterans, will be held in Spring 2014. The tentative date for the Primary Care Providers training is March 20, 2014. We will post more information about registering for these trainings as soon as they are scheduled.
Please contact us if you have specific questions about any of our provider trainings.