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December 24, 2013

Free training educates behavioral health providers on military culture

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Military Family Research Institution at Purdue University (MFRI) and its partners will host a one-day Star Behavioral Health Provider (SBHP) training to introduce behavioral health providers to military culture and the effect of deployments on families.

SBHP Tier One training will take place on Jan. 14 at the Southern Hills Counseling Center, 480 Eversman Drive, Jasper, Ind.

"SBHP's mission is to increase support for service members, veterans and their families by training civilian behavioral health providers about military-specific culture," said Kathy Broniarczyk, director of outreach at MFRI. "SBHP's website features a registry linking these families with licensed behavioral health care providers who have gone through SBHP training. It's a program that truly fills a gap experienced by some of our nation's most deserving individuals and families."

The national program began in Indiana through collaboration among MFRI, the Indiana National Guard, National Guard Bureau's Psychological Health Program and the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP). Indiana Family and Social Services Administration administers the distribution of continuing education units available to those who complete trainings.

CDP designed curricula for SBHP's three tiers of training. Each tier builds on the previous tier and, together, they cover a variety of topics, including military culture, sexual assault in the military and therapeutic treatments for PTSD. Tier One training focuses on military culture and the impact of deployment on service members and their families.

Since its creation in Indiana, SBHP has spread to Michigan and Georgia, and California will launch its first SBHP trainings in 2014. Those interested can register online or by calling 765-496-4303 and ask to speak to a Star Behavioral Health Providers representative.

About the Military Family Research Institute: The Military Family Research Institute was founded in 2000 with funding from the Department of Defense. It is the leading university-based organization in the nation that conducts research about, with and for military families. MFRI is part of the Center for Families in Purdue's College of Health and Human Sciences. 

Contact: Linda Hughes Kirchubel, 765-494-3403, lhughesk@purdue.edu

Source: Kathy Broniarczyk, 765-494-3403, kbroniar@purdue.edu