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ACE, CDP to Train College Mental Health Counselors to Aid Student Veterans

February 27, 2013

Institutions Can Apply Now to Host Workshops Funded by the Bob Woodruff Foundation

​ACE is launching an initiative to train hundreds of college and university mental health counselors on how to better address issues such as post-traumatic stress and suicide prevention in their work treating student veterans. 

ACE and the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences are collaborating on the project, which is being supported by a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation. This project will expand the reach of CDP's University Counseling Center Core Competency Program.

Higher education institutions will host eight training workshops this year, with the goal of reaching as many as 750 counselors from colleges and universities nationwide. Registration for these workshops will be free of charge.

Six of the sessions will be one-day workshops that will provide core competency training to counselors and non-clinicians. Each of these sessions is designed to serve up to 100 attendees. Two sessions will be two-day workshops during which CDP instructors will provide more advanced training in evidence-based practices for treating post-traumatic stress. Each of these sessions is expected to serve 75 trainees.

Institutions interested in hosting a workshop or participating in an upcoming training session should contact ACE at stws@acenet.edu. Institutions also can visit ACE's Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions to register for a free account and sign up for the Toolkit's newsletter to receive updates on the initiative.

"This collaboration between ACE and CDP will give more college and university counselors access to state-of-the-art training in the area of military culture and serving student veterans," said Meg Mitcham, ACE's director of veterans' programs. "This generous grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation will enable us to increase the number of mental health providers at higher education institutions prepared to offer the highest quality care for the student veterans on our campuses and help ensure they gain access to needed support systems."

"The availability of mental health resources on college campuses can play a vital role in helping veterans achieve their education goals that in turn lead to successful futures. The Bob Woodruff Foundation is thrilled to partner with ACE to ensure student veterans have the resources they deserve to thrive on campuses and beyond," said Anne Marie Dougherty, Bob Woodruff Foundation's executive director.

"The Center for Deployment Psychology is truly excited to collaborate with ACE as a direct result of this substantial contribution from the Bob Woodruff Foundation. Because of this grant, the CDP will be able to make a tangible difference in the lives of service members and veterans attending college," said David Riggs, Ph.D., executive director of the CDP. "We have been committed to providing extensive training to the university community and mental health providers for several years, and this project will allow us to extend these efforts in breadth and depth to ensure that student veterans receive the comprehensive care they deserve on campuses across the country."

MEDIA CONTACT: Jonathan Riskind ▪ 202-939-9453 ▪ jriskind@acenet.edu

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