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The STRONG STAR Training Initiative is dedicated to providing access to competency-based training in evidence-based treatment to providers and organizations that serve veteran communities

STRONG STAR Training Initiative

Under the leadership of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, The STRONG STAR Training Initiative extends the cutting-edge research from the STRONG STAR Consortium into clinical practice of mental health providers. The STRONG STAR Consortium is a multi-institutional, multidisciplinary research group of 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.

The STRONG STAR Training Initiative is led by Katy Dondanville, PsyD, ABPP and Brooke Fina, LCSW, BCD. Dr. Dondanville, Ms. Fina, and the Training Initiative team 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 combat-related PTSD.

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