Continuing Education and Curriculum Development
A major goal of CSSP is the creation of a statewide network of trained civilian behavioral health providers who can respond to the needs of returning OEF/OIF combat veterans and their families. Civilian providers are critical for Reserve Component Service Members who often have limited access to VA services and also to address the reluctance of many Service Members to seek help.
- A day-long PTSD curriculum, “Painting a Moving Train,” and TBI curriculum, “Treating the Invisible Wounds of War,” content have been developed, reviewed and vetted through the NC AHEC system. They are scalable, replicable and sustainable.
- Since January 2008, 2,024 Primary Health and Behavioral Health Professionals received “Painting a Moving Train” (PTSD) and TBI day-long training at the nine NC AHEC sites. These trainings are now self-sustaining with a $70 registration fee.
- Since April 2009, 282 faith-based providers have taken the course "Working Miracles in Peoples Lives: Connecting the Faith Community and Behavioral Health Professionals to Help Service Members and Their Families"
- “Treating the Invisible Wounds of War” a three hour, free Internet-enabled tutorial with CME and CEU credits, targeted to the needs of primary care health providers and other health care system gatekeepers was produced and is now available. Through July 14, 2009, 160 have enrolled in the tutorial and 77 have completed it.
- Three 30 minute “Painting A Moving Train” podcasts produced by NC Area L AHEC in a Q & A format with Harold Kudler, MD were produced. The podcasts are available here.
- Harold Kudler, M.D., conducted a free one hour web conference entitled “What Primary Care Providers Need to Know About Mental Health Issues Facing Returning Service Members and their Families” to 80 professionals in September 2008.
- Robin Hurley, M.D., conducted a free one hour web conference on Traumatic Brain Injury to 136 professionals in April 2009.