STAR Behavioral Health Providers: Military Culture Training
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. As a result of the training, participants will be able to: - Describe the demograhic landscape of military families; - Identify several stressors faced by service members before deploying, during deployment, and after deployment; - Identify several stressors faced by family members (e.g., spouses, children) before a loved one deploys, during deployment and after retunring home; - Examine adaptive skills used by service members while in the combat zone that may be maladaptive when applied at home after deployment; and, - Summarize strategies for facilitating healthy and positive reunions between returning service members and their families. ***Please click on the link below and read the Study Information Sheet BEFORE you register to attend a session! *** IRB information sheet_12.18.13
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.
March 18, 2014
Master Sergeant Eddie Gillham was born in Marietta, Georgia and joined the United States Army in 1981 after graduating high school. MSG Gillham was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC with the 20th Engineer Brigade and then assigned to the 59th Ordinance Brigade in Germany from 1985 – 1987. Following active duty in the Army, MSG Gillham joined the Army Reserves with the 718th Engineer Company out of Chamblee, Georgia. MSG Gillham joined the Georgia State Defense Force in 2008 and is currently the Training Non-Commissioned Office with the G-3 (Operations). MSG Gillham currently works for Georgia Power.
Melanie Dallas, LPC is the Chief Operating Officer for Highland Rivers Behavioral Health, a community mental health center which serves 13,000 per year in a 12 county area of northwest Georgia. Ms. Dallas has 25 years of experience in providing clinical, mental and behavioral health services, as well as administrating and supervising clinical teams. She worked as a Military Family and Life Consultant for 5 years providing support for all branches of the service on issues relating to deployment, re-deployment and integration. She has served on the State Advisory Committee for the Jail Diversion Trauma Recovery Veteran Priority Program and currently serves as the Project Director for her agencies program, working closely with the new Veterans Court. Ms. Dallas also is a volunteer member of the Georgia State Defense Force serving with the 57th Schools and Training Battalion in the Initial Entry Training Program.
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. For more information on these and all of DBHDD's training offerings, please visit DBHDD's website.
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