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Star Behavioral Health Providers Hosts Training in Sacramento, CA

Over 30 area providers attended a Star Behavioral Health Provider (SBHP) Training focused on working with Military Families presented by the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center (NFRC) in collaboration with Purdue University’s Military Family Research Institute and the Center for Deployment Psychology.

Sacramento, CA – Local providers interested in working with Military Families attended the first in a series of SBHP trainings in Northern California at the Okinawa Armory on March 25, 2014. Over 30 local providers and representatives from community resource organizations attended. The training introduced military culture, including information about the impact of deployment on families and children.

The training course material was created by the respected Center for Deployment Psychology. The trainers, Dr. Kathleen West and CPT Michael Franc, engaged participants and shared their personal and professional experiences with Service Members and their families. Air Force Lt. Col. Susan Pangelinan, Behavioral Health Agency Coordinator and Joint Staff Medical Advisor for the California National Guard also gave a special presentation on her own military experiences. Participants and staff were especially grateful for her participation.

“The UCLA NFRC is dedicated to training a new generation of clinicians and scientists devoted to advancing family resilience,” stated Dr. Lee Klosinski, Senior Associate Director of the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center, “Collaborating in the Star Behavioral Health Provider Trainings allows us to support California clinicians in their efforts to better serve Service Members, Veterans, and their families.”

Star Behavioral Health Providers is a tier-based continuing education program offering free CEUs to clinical professionals through up-to-date workshops focused on the unique needs of the military community. As providers progress through three tiers of training, they are listed on an online registry of behavioral health professionals with specialized training in understanding and treating Military Service Members and their families.

For more information or to register for an upcoming training, visit

About the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center (NFRC)

The UCLA NFRC bridges the gap between research and practice to help families become stronger in the face of challenges.  Working with communities and systems of care, they develop and evaluate high-quality, preventive services that support family relationships and child development. The UCLA NFRC also provides training to bring evidence-based, family-centered programs to agencies and community providers.  Their programs and services support Military and Veteran families, new parents, at-risk adolescents, and families impacted by stress, trauma, or grief.

About Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University

The goal of the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University is to create meaningful relationships that bring organizations together in support of military families. Working with researchers and practitioners from both the military and civilian communities, MFRI strives to develop outreach and research programs grounded in scientific evidence.

About the Center for Deployment Psychology

The Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) is a tri-service consortium funded through a Department of Defense grant from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). As the Nation's only federal health sciences university, USU is committed to excellence in military medicine and public health during peace and war. 

For photos from the event visit the UCLA NFRC Facebook Page!