More than two million U.S. military Service members have been deployed in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of these Service members have returned from their deployment experience with behavioral health issues such as post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), depression, traumatic brain injury (TBI), insomnia, chronic pain and substance abuse. These issues also affect the more than five million family members who have seen a Service member deployed.
We have learned from past wars that immediately identifying and tackling combat stress injuries is vital to overcoming them. In this environment, local communities across the country are charged with doing more to reach out and shore up our newest generation of warriors and their families. It is critical that practitioners in both urban and rural settings know how to treat these patients.
Despite this growing need, few U.S. graduate programs offer intensive training or certificates on how to provide quality and culturally competent mental health care to Service members, Veterans and their families.
The Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) currently offers the Serving Our Veteran Behavioral Health Certificate, an online certificate course available through a partnership with the National Council.