HomeFront Strong trains 20+ community mental health providers in Traverse City

HomeFront Strong staff with leaders from the Michigan National Guard at at community mental health provider training in Traverse City in July 2018HomeFront Strong trained 24 community mental health providers in military family resiliency through Star Behavioral Health Providers at the Michigan Army National Guard Traverse City Armory on July 30-31, 2018. The two-day training was lead by HFS Principal Investigator Michelle Kees, Phd, and Program Manager Jennifer Lamb, LMSW, MS, with support from Child Team Coordinator & Outreach Specialist Berkley French, LLMSW.

An important goal of HFS is to train community providers in military family resiliency in their own communities. Training on the HFS model has been provided to nearly 200 mental health clinicians at various community agencies throughout the state, including Easterseals Michigan; the VFW National Home for Children; Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, Ingham Counties; private practitioners in the area; and through Star Behavioral Health Providers.

Future endeavors include training additional community providers in the model, dissemination of HFS to new community sites, and program participation for 300 military/veteran families. Additionally, a grant from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation will support the development of a tele-group model to bring this program nationally to spouses who serve as caregivers to Post-9/11 veterans.

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