Beacon Health Options Highlights Free Online Course that Helps Behavioral Health Professionals Better Serve Veterans

BOSTON – Beacon Health Options (Beacon), the nation’s premier behavioral health company, proudly honors the men and women of our armed forces on Veterans Day and every day. Beacon is taking Veterans Day as an opportunity to bring attention to the educational course Military Culture: Core Competencies for Healthcare Professionals. This free online course, developed by the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Defense (DOD), is offered in four modules with two continuing education units (CEUs) for each module.

The Military Culture: Core Competencies for Healthcare Professionals course is offered by both the DOD’s Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) and the Veterans Health Administration Employee Education System (VHA-EES). The CDP’s mission is to train military and civilian behavioral health professionals. The VHA-EES supports the professional development needs of public health and health care providers, with a focus on Veteran patient care. To learn more about the four individual learning modules, visit the Military Culture Course page.

The four learning modules of the course are:

  • Module 1: Self-Assessment and Introduction to Military Ethos
  • Module 2: Military Organization and Roles
  • Module 3: Stressors and Resources
  • Module 4: Treatment, Resources, and Tools

To take advantage of this free professional development opportunity and earn CEUs, participants must first create an account on the TRAIN system if they do not already have one. Once that is completed, they can begin with Module 1.

“As a behavioral health company, we believe one way to best serve our veterans is to help mental health care providers better understand the veterans they treat,” said Dr. Gary Proctor, Regional Medical Director for Beacon Health Options. “The more they understand military experience and military family life, the better they are able to support service members and their families.”