Free training sessions beginning this month at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington will allow behavioral health providers and others who serve the military population to gain insights into the treatment of service members and their families, and earn continuing education units in the process.
"Military members, veterans and their families often need some sort of assistance with mental health issues, either after a deployment or anytime," said Mike Marn, director of communications with the Military Family Research Institute. "But they hesitate because service members still see a stigma to getting help inside the system, and civilian providers normally don't have much understanding or sensitivity to what military personnel have to deal with, from terminology to major issues like PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and traumatic brain disorder."
Marn said the trainings will equip providers with the tools to better treat service members and their families. Behavioral health care providers who complete the training will also be eligible for inclusion in a registry that will help service members and families who are seeking treatment to locate and contact providers who've had this training.
Tier One training will take place Wednesday at Ivy Tech in Lamkin Hall, 200 Daniels Way in Bloomington, with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. The class will end at 5 p.m. Tier Two training, which requires completion of Tier One for registration, will begin at 7:30 a.m. March 27-28 at Ivy Tech in Bloomington.
For more information or assistance with registration, call 765-496-3403 and ask to speak with a Star Behavioral Health Provider representative.
The trainings will be provided by Star Behavioral Health Providers, a collaboration of the Indiana National Guard, the National Guard Bureau's Psychological Health Program, the Center for Deployment Psychology, the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.