What Is Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP)?
Since 2011, the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP), Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University, the state National Guard and other local partners have worked together to develop the Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP) program in the state of Indiana* with expansion to other states, currently including Michigan, Georgia, and California*.
SBHP is a tier-based continuing education program offering CEUs to clinical professionals through up-to-date workshops focused on the unique needs of the military community at no cost. SBHP 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. This distinct program promotes grassroots networking by providing training events in various parts of the state and actively involving the National Guard and the National Guard Bureau Directors of Psychological Health.
CDP faculty members create the curriculum for SBHP and deliver the workshops several times a year, as well as train mental health professionals from local communities in the select state to give the Tier One presentations. CDP speakers and trainers are nationally-recognized subject matter experts in deployment psychology and evidence-based therapies. CDP presentations for SBHP have been consistently evaluated by participants as highly effective, both in content and competency.
Providers who complete all three tiers of SBHP have a greater understanding of military culture, deployment cycle stressors, combat-related conditions, and effective, evidence-based treatments for behavioral health problems including insomnia, suicidal behavior, and PTSD. SBHP also provides a searchable, confidential registry of participating providers who have completed these varied tier levels so Service members, Veterans, and their families know they are entering a therapeutic relationship with a provider who elected to receive additional training to care for their unique needs.
Additionally, the state National Guard checks each provider's licensing credentials to ensure all providers on the SBHP registry are current and in good standing with their individual reporting licensing board.
*The Department of Defense, Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO), is running a pilot program in the states of Indiana and California with STAR Behavioral Health Providers. DSPO's purpose is to understand the needs of community health providers and teach them about the military through three tiered trainings, so these providers have a better understanding of the unique challenges that military personnel and families face.
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