STAR Behavioral Health Providers: Military Culture Training
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.
July 30, 2014
Rev. Vonshurii S. Wrighten, M Div., MAC, CACII, CCS has over twenty five years of experience as an addictions professional. Rev. Wrighten is the former Director of Fuqua Hall of the Atlanta Union Mission, where he assisted in building one of the premier faith based recovery centers in the state of Georgia. As the Assistant Project Director of the Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center, at Morehouse School of Medicine, Reverend Wrighten helped to forge one of the nation’s largest faith-based conferences. He has thirteen years of Pastoral leadership in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He currently serves as an Associate Pastor at Antioch AME Church in Stone Mountain, GA. In addition, he is the Coordinator of Addictive Diseases Initiatives for the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities. In this role, Rev. Wrighten has been responsible for the developing several statewide initiatives for special populations, such as Veterans and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Rev. Wrighten is a graduate of The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. While matriculating at The ITC he was inducted into Theta Phi International Honor Society. He also received honor for his leadership ability and was awarded the Daniel Lott Jacob Leadership Award and the Deans Award. His focus of study was the Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Care and Counseling. Upon completion of his course work at the ITC, he furthered his clinical experience by completing a year of Clinical Pastoral Education at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA.
First Sergeant Alan Holmes is a retired 23 year veteran of the Air Force. Of these 23 years, 11 years were spent deployed to Europe. His remaining years were spent in Wyoming, Arkansas, and Missouri. He was a Nuclear Weapons Superintendent for the B-2 bomber when he retired. After retiring he worked as a Project Manager for several years. After which he was the IT Manager for The Weather Channel and Travel Channel for four years. Then he was the IT Director for Clarus for 4 years. He currently is the CSO for a cardiac testing company based in Atlanta called Met-Test. He currently services as the First Sergeant of the 132nd Medical Battalion for the Georgia State Defense Force.
August 6, 2014
Liza Zwiebach received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program (TARP) at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Zwiebach completed clinical training at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Medical Center, in Bedford, MA, and at Bellevue Hospital Center, in New York City. Her background includes work with active military and veteran personnel, as well as with law-enforcement personnel.
Sergeant First Class John Derucki was born in South Bend, Indiana. He joined the United States Army after graduating High School and was with the 1st Infrantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kansas. SFC Derucki received a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School. SFC Derucki joined the Georgia State Defense Force in 2009 and is the NCOIC for Initial Entry Training with the 57th Schools and Training Battalion. SFC Derucki received the GSDF Soldier of the Year Award in 2012, is SARSPEC II Certified and is a member of the GSDF Funeral/Military Honor Guard. SFC Derucki lives in Cumming, Georgia and manages his own commercial construction firm.
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 session. 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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