The STRONG STAR Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD (CAP) include over 150 collaborating national scientists and clinicians funded by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to develop and evaluate approaches for the prevention and treatment of combat-related PTSD and related mental health problems among active duty military personnel and veterans. Under the leadership of The University Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, now called UT Health San Antonio, STRONG STAR and the CAP bring together the expertise of a world-class, interdisciplinary team of military, civilian and VA institutions and investigators and one of the largest populations of active-duty and recently discharged veterans who have deployed in support of combat operations following 9/11. With the critical mass of talent required to make major scientific advances in military PTSD research, STRONG STAR and CAP investigators strive to improve countless lives by preventing the development of chronic PTSD and related problems in a new generation of veterans while advancing the science through research with evidence-based and cutting-edge therapies.
Through their work advancing the science, UT Health San Antonio faculty affiliated with STRONG STAR and CAP have been trained and mentored by the developers of the interventions, and they have treated more veterans and service members utilizing these therapies than anyone in the country. Because of their first-hand knowledge of the research and expertise in practice, they have been invited to present workshops at national conferences, training thousands of providers in adapting treatments to the needs of military veterans and service members. No other institution has more expertise in the treatment for PTSD. Central to STRONG STAR’s and CAP’s mission is to translate into practice and disseminate research findings through multiple avenues including publications, scientific presentations, the annual San Antonio Combat PTSD Conference, and training programs for organizations and mental health providers. The STRONG STAR Training Initiative readily extends the cutting-edge research into practice by training and developing master clinicians.
STRONG STAR TRAINING INITIATIVE
The STRONG STAR Training Initiative has a mission to train 200 mental health providers in evidence-based treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD. In partnership with regional organizations, the STRONG STAR Training Initiative will host Regional intensive trainings that include a system of local organizations and mental health providers. Participants will be engaged in in-person trainings, follow-up clinical skills development, and organizational consultation in order to ensure the highest level of sustainability for training and implementation. With this model, the project proposes to treat over 1,000 veterans in Texas with evidence-based treatment for PTSD and to develop mental health providers’ proficiencies in treating clients in years beyond the project scope.
Components of the STRONG STAR Training Initiative will include the following:
- Application process
- 2-day regional training in Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy
- Treatment by each participating provider of a minimum of 5 military veterans with PTSD
- 6 months of weekly 1-hour group telephone consultation
- Monthly advanced training (provided online)
- Organizational consultation
- Program evaluation and outcomes tracking
Continuing Education Credits will be provided