Thursday, June 14, 2012

Training: Behavioral Health Certificate— from the U.S. Department of Defense Center for Deployment Psychology, National Council, and Essential Learning

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25 to 30 percent of the veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have reported symptoms of a mental disorder or cognitive condition. Increasingly, these men and women and their families are seeking treatment and support in our communities. As civilian behavioral health providers, it is important to remain informed and invested in providing culturally sensitive and clinically competent services to these individuals — especially at a time when so many need our services.

The only online program of its kind in our field — the Serving Our Veterans: Behavioral Health Certificate— from the U.S. Department of Defense Center for Deployment Psychology, National Council, and Essential Learning — features an evidence-informed curriculum offering 14 self-directed, self-paced, online courses for 20+ hours of CE credit:
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD in Veterans and Military Personnel
  • Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence
  • Epidemiology of PTSD in Military Personnel and Veterans
  • Fundamentals of Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Improving Substance Abuse Treatment Compliance
  • Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Returning Veterans
  • Military Cultural Sensitivity
  • Overview of Suicide Prevention
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD for Veterans and Military Service Personnel
  • Provider Resiliency and Self-Care: An Ethical Issue
  • PTSD Then and Now, There and Here
  • The Impact of Deployment and Combat Stress on Families and Children
    Part I: Understanding Military Families and the Deployment Cycle
    Part II: Enhancing the Resilience of Military Families
  • Working with the Homeless: An Overview
The curriculum is created especially for civilian behavioral health and primary care providers, and uses real-world case scenarios in training to understand military culture and values in order to provide the most high quality, appropriate, and sensitive care possible. To earn the certificate, you must complete the entire suite of courses and pass a post-test on each course.

Buy the online Serving Our Veterans behavioral health certificate for $350 — click here to purchase now.

Already an Essential Learning Elevate Subscriber? Enroll in the Serving Our Veterans certificate program for no additional cost!

National Council member organizations get the steepest discounts on the Serving our Veterans certificate and Elevate subscriptions. Not yet a National Council member? Review the benefits of membership and join today.

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FEMA FY 2012 Funding Opportunity. National Training Program

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528


To:                  Stakeholders                         
From:             Federal Emergency Management Agency             
Subject:          Fiscal Year 2012 Continuing Training Grant Program Funding Opportunity


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that as of June 12, 2012, the Agency is accepting applications for the FY 2012 Continuing Training Grants (CTG) program.  The purpose of the FY 2012 CTG is to develop and deliver a national training program that provides tailored, specialized training courses in three areas that will focus on Whole Community Inclusive Planning, Cybersecurity, and Complex Attacks.  Applicants must submit completed applications, including a nine-page concept paper through no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, on July 3, 2012.

The DHS-FEMA CTG program will provide $3,793,600 in grant funding to improve the nation’s readiness to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from and to mitigate against terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies.  (Funding for each of the three focus areas will not exceed $1,264,533.33 per area). The CTG program is a competitive grant program with a period of performance of 36 months.  The funding for the one-year solicitation was authorized by The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2012 (Public Law NO. 112-74).   Funding will be provided in the form of cooperative agreements awarded directly to the selected applicants.  Final awards will be announced by the end of the current fiscal year. 

Eligible applicants for the FY 2012 CTG grant program include state, local, tribal, and territorial governments; non-profit associations and organizations, including community and faith-based organizations, with a demonstrable, expertise relevant to the focus area for which grant funding is being requested; non-profit higher education institutions with existing programs that address the focus area for which grant funding is requested.

All applicants will be evaluated on their ability to develop and deliver training programs to participants on a national level. Applicants should describe their course delivery methods and demonstrate their ability to reach a national audience, such as instructor led mobile deliveries, resident, or on-line training.  Applicants can apply for funding in more than one identified focus area.  The applications can be found directly at  The application for the FY 2012 CTG program must be completed and submitted through the ND Grants system located at  For help on applying through, applicants can contact the customer support hotline at (800) 518-4726.  Applicants should refer to Appendix A in the Funding Opportunity Announcement for Concept paper requirements and criteria.  For those who need assistance in submitting the applications via ND Grants, training can be found at

If applicants need assistance registering for the ND Grants system, they can contact FEMA’s Enterprise Service Desk at 1-888-457-3362. Applicants who need a required Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number should obtain one at no cost by calling 1-866-705-5711.  The application process also involves an updated and current Central Contractor Registration which must be confirmed by the applicant at  Applicants must submit completed applications, including a nine-page concept paper through no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, on July 3, 2012. 

Technical Assistance
The Technical Assistance Program provides direct support assistance on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible organizations to enhance their capacity and preparedness for all-hazard threats.  In addition to the risk assessment assistance already being provided, FEMA also offers a variety of other direct support assistance programs.  The Technical Assistance Program also provides access to planning support.   More information can be found at or by emailing

Grant Support
§  For questions about the CTG, contact the Grant Programs Directorate (GPD). FEMA GPD’s Grants Management Division will provide fiscal support, including pre- and post-award administration and technical assistance, to the grant programs included in this solicitation. Additional guidance and information can be obtained by contacting the FEMA Call Center at (866) 927-5646 or via e-mail to

§  National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) / National Training and Education Division (NTED). NPD/NTED has the programmatic responsibility for this solicitation action and will also maintain the program management function and responsibilities throughout the life-cycle of the awarded grant. Additional guidance and information can be obtained by contacting the NPD/NTED point of contact Mr. Willie Johnson Jr. at (202) 786-9567 or via e-mail to

§  Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk (CSID). CSID is a non-emergency comprehensive management and information resource developed by DHS for grants stakeholders. CSID provides general information on all FEMA grant programs and maintains a comprehensive database containing key personnel contact information at the Federal, State and local levels. CSID can be reached by phone at (800) 368-6498 or via e-mail to

Contact Information: For additional information, please visit or contact Andrew White at (202) 646-3183.  Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions at