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American Psychological Association and National Association of Social Workers approved CE material created by or in partnership with Give an Hour:

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American Association of Suicidology*

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The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) launched a brand new website. Please visit for access to free online trainings (webinars) and resources for mental health providers, and National Guard and Reserve Members and their families. The trainings include topics such as: post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, military culture/life, sleep problems, suicide, military sexual trauma, problem solving, and substance abuse. Up to 18 Free CE are available.

Alliant International University

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Alliant International University is offering free course for Give an Hour providers. No CE are available.

  • Introduction to Military Culture for Clinicians
  • Introduction to PTSD for Clinicians
  • Introduction to Traumatic Brain Injury for Clinicians
  • Introduction to Vets Benefits for Clinicians
  • Web Stories -- Military Talk

American Psychological Association

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The APA has made a commitment through the White House Joining Forces Initiative to prepare current and future psychologists to provide evidence-based, culturally competent clinical services as well as to advance scientific knowledge, promote health and train other health professionals in deployment psychology.

They have prepared a list of resources that include webinars, powerpoints and more that can be found on their Joining Forces page.

Army OneSource*

Army OneSource offers courses from the Center of Deployment Psychology and Citizen Soldier Support Program (CSSP), which are designed to improve communication with Service members, Veterans and their Families. These nationally accredited courses are quick and easy to complete and are available online and free of charge.

Take a look at their offerings.

The Center for Deployment Psychology*


The CDP trains military and civilian behavioral health professionals to provide high-quality, culturally-sensitive, evidence-based behavioral health services at If you don't see a training offered, you may make a suggestion on that page.

The CDP has launched an extensive Military Culture for Healthcare Professionals website. It was designed by Military Culture experts working as part of a DoD/VA collaborative effort to help healthcare professionals become more culturally aware by providing education, tools and resources for their clinical practice. All four modules are now available and provide FREE CE credits.

The Defense Centers of Excellence*


This page has been created by the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) in coordination with other federal entities to provide training and CE credits on military trauma and mental health topics:

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center*

DVBIC provides complementary training slides for our clinical recommendations on the treatment of mild TBI. The training slides provide a comprehensive overview of the use of the clinical recommendation, and include knowledge tests and case studies to further educate providers on the appropriate use of the clinical recommendation. Visit to download the slides on a variety of topics and for webinars that often have continuing education credits.

The Department of Veteran Affairs*

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The Department of Veteran Affairs has developed a Community Providers Toolkit. Please see the link for training resources that include opportunities to earn CE credits. The VA is also developing a set of mini-clinics to help community providers learn about the important issues relevant to treating veterans.

East Carolina University


Military and Veteran Family Behavioral Health Provider modules are a series of online continuing education modules aimed at assisting medical, behavioral, and mental health providers who work with current and retired servicemen and women, veterans, and their families. The topics range from the treatment of sexual trauma, parent and child dynamics, and common ethical dilemmas. The goal of these 10 modules is to further enhance the clinical skills of providers who are seeking professional development in systemic/relational approaches to treating military, retired, and veteran couples and families. These modules are intended for individuals who are enrolled in a program resulting in a terminal degree or providers who have a terminal degree. See: for more information. Give An Hour Members who enroll in five modules qualify for a special discount and should contact Dr. Angela Lamson at for a discount code.

Home Base Program*

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From the War Zone to the Home Front has over 23 on-demand, on-line trainings presented by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD. It is meant for community primary care and mental health providers including physicians, psychologists, nurses, and clinical social workers. From the War Zone to the Home Front current 9-part series, contains all new content, including a more comprehensive look at veteran suicide, diagnosing and treating co-morbid PTSD and TBI, substance abuse, sleep problems, the culture of returned veterans, the new DSM-5 on PTSD, complicated grief in veterans and military families, and other challenges facing returning veterans and families today.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health


The NCCIH Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series provides overviews of the current state of research and practice involving complementary health approaches and explores perspectives on the emerging discipline of integrative medicine.

Videocast: Watch online! Go to

Facebook: Join LIVE on Facebook to watch the lecture. Participate in a live Q&A session about the lecture on the same day. Find them at

The National Center for PTSD*

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The National Center for PTSD brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma at

Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation*

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In coordination with The Ohio State University and Wexner Medical Center, the Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation has developed a comprehensive set of web resources to educate the medical field about traumatic brain injury. Learn more about these resources, which include clinical tools and multimedia presentations about the assessment and diagnosis of TBI.Give an Hour, the Ohio Valley Center and The Brain Injury Association of America presented a 1-hour What if There's a Traumatic Brain Injury? webinar for CE credits. Watch the webinar and take the assessment here on Connected.

Psych Armor

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Star Behavioral Health Providers

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The Star Behavioral Health Providers initiative, currently available in CA, MI, GA, and IN, works with course content created by the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP). SBHP is a three-tiered training program, with each training tier building upon knowledge from the previous tier.

  • Tier One provides an introduction to military culture and information about the deployment cycle. Open to all service providers and community members.
  • Tier Two provides education about specific challenges and difficulties that are often associated with military service. Open to all service providers who have attended Tier One.
  • Tier Three provides clinical skills that focus on evidence-based treatments to address some of the behavioral health issues facing service members, veterans and families. Requires attending tier one and two and registration with SBHP.

Telepsychology & Internet-Based Therapy

Ken Pope has gathered the resources to help therapists, counselors, and other clinicians to keep abreast of the rapidly evolving professional guidelines, research, treatments, innovations, and practices in the areas of telepsychology, telehealth, internet-based therapy.

Visit his site,, for links to 28 sets of professional guidelines that focus on telepsychology, online counseling, internet-based therapy, citations for 65 recent (i.e., published in 2015-2016) articles, and State Psychology Board Telepsychology Laws, Regulations, Policies, & Opinions.

University of Maryland

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Offered through the Counseling Psychology program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, the Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Working with Survivors of Violence, Torture, and Trauma (VTT): Theoretical Foundations and Mental Health is designed for psychologists, counselors, family therapists, or social workers seeking to develop or enhance knowledge related to serving survivors of trauma and/or torture. The 12‐credit, four‐course, fully online program is open to students with a master's or doctoral degree in psychology, counseling, social work, or related fields from an accredited institution. Students may earn Continuing Education Credits (CE credits) from the American Psychological Association (30 CE credits per course), the National Association of Social Workers (30 CE credits per course) or the National Board of Certified Counselors (30 CE credits per course).

Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Unit*

From the War Zone to the Homefront—32 courses

University of North Carolina*

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Army One Source has collaborated with The Citizen-Soldier Support Program (CSSP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Odum Institute for Research in Social Science to offer a free online course in the series titled, “Treating the Invisible Wounds of War.”

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The North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) has approved this program for Continuing Education credit. Credits are provided for the following disciplines: physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, and counselors.

University of Southern California

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Learn more about USC's Military Behavioral Health program and the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) at the USC School of Social Work whose mission it is to enhance the visibility and impact of research, education and outreach to inform decision-makers on policy issues affecting veterans and their families.Among those issues is a focus on rapidly increasing the number of clinical social workers and behavioral health providers trained to treat the challenges service members, veterans and their families face, as well as mental health research that can be directly and quickly translated into clinical practice.

University of Texas Arlington

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The School of Social Work offers online courses where social workers, marriage and family counselors, and licensed professional counselors can obtain CE. Example course include:

  • Military/Veteran Suicide: How to Intervene with Stateside, Deployed, and Veteran Populations
  • Marital Satisfaction and Managing Long-distance Relationships in the Military Family: Tips for Clinicians on the Home-front and Downrange
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI)

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