STAR Behavioral Health Providers: Military Culture Training (Tier 2)
The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Addictive Diseases, The GA Army National Guard, Emory University's Brave Heart Program, Center for Deployment Psychology and the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University have collaborated to bring to GA the STAR Behavioral Health Providers: Military Culture Training. The mission and intention of the Star Behavioral Health Providers is to take care of the Service Members in Georgia and thier families. To do this, SBHP intends to recruit and train interested civilian behavioral health providers in military specific culture and treatments. A second aspect of this inititiative is to create a registry of these specially trained providers so that service members, thier families, and referring professionals can access those trained providers. SBHP will manage the registry to insure providers are qualified to be listed in the registry by licensure and completion of designed trainings.
The Tier Two training teaches behavioral health providers information about challenges and difficulties clients may present with that are often associated with military service. Tier Two is a two-day classroom training. As a reminder, to attend Tier Two training, you have to have completed Tier One training.
Macon Headquarters (Auditorium) 1030 Shurling Drive Macon, GA 31211
This training is specifically for Behavioral health providers (e.g., Direct Support Professionals, Clinical staff, and Supervision/Management), Faith Community, Organizations and individuals providing service to veterans, service members and their families.
September 10 & 11, 2014
Diana Sermanian, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist working as the assistant director of Civilian Programs at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. She joined CDP in 2009 as an online curriculum content coordinator. Prior to her current position, she was chief, Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Programs. Dr. Sermanian received her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge and her Master of Arts and Doctor of Psychology degrees from Pepperdine University. She completed a clinical psychology internship at the Washington, DC Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Prior to joining CDP, she worked as a staff psychologist at Patuxent Institution, a maximum-security correctional facility in Jessup, MD where she conducted psychological evaluations, and provided ongoing individual and group therapy to adult male and female offenders. While there, she participated in the restructuring of the sexual offender treatment program.
The focus of Dr. Sermanian’s clinical work and training is on traumatic victimization, crisis intervention, deployment-related mental health issues and assessment and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Augusto Ruiz, Psy.D., is a deployment behavioral health psychologist with the Center for Deployment Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Dr. Ruiz is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. As a Navy psychologist, he was stationed at the Hospital Point Clinic at the United States Naval Academy and on the USS Carl Vinson. He also has worked with deployed service members in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and has been on deployment in the Persian Gulf.
Dr. Ruiz received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He completed his residency at the National Naval Medical Center. Prior to joining CDP, Dr. Ruiz was a supervisor at the Montgomery County, Maryland Crisis Center, a position he left to return to Navy medicine.
The focus of Dr. Ruiz’s work, supervision and training is on deployment-related mental health issues, crisis intervention, suicide assessment and suicide prevention. Additionally, he focuses on cross cultural psychology and the treatment of diverse populations. He has conducted seminars to sailors, mental health professionals, and police departments on cross cultural issues, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and suicide prevention.
PLEASE NOTE: While there is no fee for this training, participants are responsible for their own travel, meals, snacks, and lodging arrangements. Please bring a light-weight jacket or sweater as trainers have no control over room temperature. CEUs CEUs will be applied for through the National Association of Social Work Georgia Chapter, Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia, Inc, and the Georgia Psychological Association. Approval to offer specified CEUs is not guaranteed.
CEUs and Certificates of attendance will be provided to those who attend the full two day sessions. If you arrive 15 minutes late or leave more than 15 minutes early, we will not be able to issue a Certificate of Attendance or CEUs for your participation.
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