Today, racial and ethnic minorities represent 43% of the U.S. military, while 6% of the military population identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community. It is more important than ever for clinicians to be able to meet the needs of clients from various ethnic, racial, gender, sexual orientation, and cultural backgrounds. As such, Cohen Veterans Network has developed Caring for Our Diverse Military Population.
The innovative training program, developed with support from USAA, is focused on preparing mental health providers to provide culturally sensitive care. It was created to enhance care and improve mental health outcomes for our military population.
Developed by subject matter experts, the training is the result of a survey conducted by CVN. The survey captured gaps in behavioral health services with regard to cultural competency as reported by military, veteran and military family behavioral health consumers and clinicians. Based on the findings, this foundational training covers topics such as the history of diversity and discrimination in the US military, the ADDRESSING framework, intersectionality, cultural humility, core concepts related to gender identity, sexual orientation, and race/ethnicity, impacts of oppression and mental health disparities, culturally responsive treatment interventions, and repairing after microaggressions in the therapy room.
This self-paced, interactive training is available to mental health providers at no-cost. Participants can receive four continuing education credits (CEs) upon completion of the course.