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May 13, 2014 - Star Behavioral Health Providers to host Training in San Diego, CA

The UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center (NFRC) in collaboration with Purdue University’s Military Family Research Institute and the Center for Deployment Psychology to host the first Star Behavioral Health Provider Training in San Diego, CA.


SAN DIEGO, CA – After continued success in Michigan, Indiana, and Georgia, Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP) is now being implemented in California through a collaboration of the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center (NFRC), Purdue University’s Military Family Research Institute, and the Center for Deployment Psychology. The mission and purpose of SBHP is to take care of Service Members and their families in California. To do this, SBHP provides FREE trainings and CEUs to interested civilian behavioral health providers throughout the state, covering military culture and treatments that focus on the needs of the Military population. 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.

On May 13, 2014, behavioral health providers in the San Diego area will attend the first in a series of SBHP Trainings taking place in the region over the next few months. This Tier One Training will introduce participants to military culture and information about the impact of deployment on families and children.  Attendees will include local mental health providers and other community service providers. Location and registration information for this training can be accessed via the Star Behavioral Health Providers website at

The trainers, Captain Michael Franc, California National Guard and Dr. Kathleen West, will engage participants by sharing their personal and professional experiences with Service Members and their families. The training course material that will outline their presentations was created by the respected Center for Deployment Psychology.

“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.”

In addition to San Diego, CA SBHP trainings are being held in Sacramento, Fresno, San Francisco, Los Alamitos, and Bakersfield. To learn more about upcoming trainings and tiers please 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. 

For more information about the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center, visit or

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.