Military Cultural Competency Training
In New Hampshire, the majority of military Service Members, Veterans and their family members live, work, serve, go to school, play and seek healthcare in their local communities. It is imperative that professionals across all fields as well as businesses hiring Veterans have a working understanding of military culture and the unique circumstances that can result from military service.
Ensuring that military veterans and their families have access to high-quality mental health care is a national priority as well as a priority in New Hampshire. A 2014 study conducted by the RAND Corporation found that only 8% of civilian mental health providers (not contracted by VA) nation-wide meet the study’s criteria to be considered competent with military and veteran culture and their training and experience treating posttraumatic stress disorder and depression. As a result, members of the military and veteran community often feel misunderstood and reluctant to seek support. The need exists to better inform, educate and train not only mental health providers in New Hampshire, but also professionals in the fields of other healthcare, education, human resources, family services, and other social services in order to better serve Service Members, Veterans and their families. Military Culture Trainings are available in multiple formats to bridge that civilian-military gap.
There are many resources available in New Hampshire and nationwide to any person or business desiring to enhance military cultural competency. Contact the Division of Community Based Military Programs to learn more about options for meeting your training and education needs.
Military Cultural Competency and Suicide Prevention Trainings Recommended by DMAVS
DMAVS and its partners collaborated to compile a list of trainings recommended for a broad audience of providers, employers, school personnel and other professionals. Refer to the list to learn what is recommended for your role.
Star Behavioral Health Providers Training--free CEs!
SBHP is a tier-based continuing education program that is offered in select states to enhance behavioral health providers’ scope of knowledge and skills for treating military Service members, Veterans and their families with reintegration- and deployment-related concerns. With the shortage of culturally competent professionals who are trained to use evidence-based psychotherapies, SBHP program offers unique aspects:
- Free training registration.
- Free CEs to clinical professionals through up-to-date workshops focused on the unique needs of the military community.
- Nationally recognized trainers who are experts in their professional fields.
- Online searchable registry that providers can join once they have completed the first tier of training. This registry allows Service members, Veterans, and their families to find providers who are trained to work with military connected clients.
- Promotes grassroots networking by providing training events in the local community while actively involving the state Air and Army National Guard Units. The SBHP expansion is supported by the National Guard Bureau.
SBHP partnered with the NH National Guard and the Suicide Prevention Council-Military & Veterans Committee to bring SBHP training to New Hampshire! Tier 1 of the training is recommended for any professional in any field desiring more knowledge of military culture. Tiers 2 and 3 are focused on topics for clinical providers. Currently, all trainings are being provided through a virtual platform.
For more information or to register for an upcoming training, visit www.starproviders.org.
Ask the Question (ATQ)
Navigate to the Ask the Question website to find additional toolkits and resources to enhance your military cultural competence and knowledge of resources available in New Hampshire for military & veteran families.
The Division of Community Based Military Programs will be administering an ATQ Technical Assistance Program starting in late spring/early summer 2021 for organizations that identify, refer, assess and/or treat Service members or Veterans for risk of substance use disorders. This Technical Assistance program will incorporate a variety of training opportunities. Click here for more information.
Division of Community Based Military Programs
Contact DCBMP to talk about your training needs - there may be options available to meet your unique training needs with little to no cost.
Amy Cook, Amy.Cook@nh.gov
Check out the Calendar of Events to see where Military Cultural Competency Trainings might be available in your area.