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CVN Training Based on Best Practices

The Cohen Veterans Network Training Program endeavors to facilitate a community of learning in training and education in the field of military and military family mental health.  This effort is collaborative and inclusive, leveraging subject matter experts, local leaders, partner organizations and communities all over the country.  CVN Training is focused on strategic targets to promote successful, inclusive impact in the areas of collaboration, innovation and best practices.

In the last of a three-part we look at best practices across the field of mental health. Part two on innovation ran last week.  Part one on collaboration ran two weeks ago.

NY day two July 14 2017

A group training session at our NY clinic.

Best Practices for Training:  CVN Training strives towards excellence in training and education for our clinical providers and support staff.  For clinicians to provide the best care, access to high quality, efficacious training events are paramount.  It is essential that training and educational activities translate into application.  Despite vast improvements in available treatments for mental health, there is a dearth of research on the process of effective training, and how specific training methods and techniques relate to uptake of the treatments being trained.  CVN seeks to actuate the development of best practices in training.  Some examples of this work include:

  • Partnering with Bob Woodruff Foundation to support inquiry into training effectiveness
  • Commissioned a RAND study to better assess existing approaches for training the mental health workforce to serve veterans to improve mental health outcomes
  • Collaborating with treatment developers (Kate Chard, Cognitive Processing Therapy) to create novel and innovative training delivery that is efficient and efficacious

CVN Training is honored to work alongside those who serve this deserving population, and hopes to continue to function as a leader and a collaborator in this important work.  A community of learning leverages individual areas of expertise, and the power of shared knowledge.  The resulting training and education shared through this community will leave a lasting impact to serve veterans and their families for generations to come.


By Stephanie Renno, LCSW
CVN Training Manager, Clinical Programs