MVPN Basic Training is an entry-level course that enables attendees to become state-sponsored peer mentor with the Military Veteran Peer Network (MVPN). This eight-hour training is designed to provide volunteers with frontline intervention tools to address the immediate basic needs of individual service members, veterans, and their families. The course has two phases and covers the following topics: Peer Support Fundamentals, Military Culture, Suicide Awareness, Peer Ethics, Support Opportunities, Depression Awareness, Addictive Behaviors, Stress Management, and The MVPN SMART Tool.
Veterans Treatment Court Advocacy Mentoring Program is a three-day training offered statewide to veterans and supporters interested volunteering with their local Veterans’ Treatment Courts. The purpose of this training is to certify attendees as volunteer Veteran Court Mentors by providing behavioral health education and innovative tools and technical assistance to develop local mentoring programs and increase capacity within an existing Veterans’ Treatment Courts serving justice-involved veterans. Workshop topics include suicide prevention and intervention, strategic planning, family resiliency, substance abuse, peer mentoring skills, resource coordination, mindfulness and more. Workshops are led by subject-matter professionals, Veterans’ Treatment Court staff, Veterans’ Treatment Court peer mentors, and MHA of Greater Houston staff.
Anyone interested in the with Veterans’ Treatment Court or peer mentoring must go through both Military Veteran Peer Network Basic Training and Veterans Treatment Court Advocacy Mentoring Program (VCAMP).
Bring Everyone in the Zone (BEITZ)
Bring Everyone in the Zone training is provided for Peer Support Volunteers for the State of Texas Veteran Peer Support Program and is not certified outside the state or the VA. Volunteers must be approved by the state prior to attending the class. Attendees to the Basic Facilitator Training Course receive 40 hours of classroom instruction with classroom exercises, partner and group activities, and role playing, co-facilitation as a trainee in group sessions, guest facilitation of at least two group sessions, and passing a written exam.
TCOLE 4067: Trauma Affected Veteran (Law enforcement only)
The Trauma Affected Veteran training course aims to provide a framework for law enforcement officers, jailers, and telecommunicators to have a basic understanding of US Military culture, traumas, triggers and stressors, and de-escalation techniques when encountering veterans in crisis. The course is structured around 16 hours of lecture, videos, and class dialogue, and 8 hours of role playing, hands-on practice to build confidence when encountering a veteran in crisis. The Trauma Affected Veteran course builds on the crisis intervention training techniques taught Peace Officer licensing academy.
Military Cultural Competency (MCC)
The Military Cultural Competency course provides a basic cultural awareness to the general public about military culture. The course reviews the importance of improved knowledge and understanding of military service, wartime events effecting American lives, wartime-related diseases or conditions, and resources available to veterans in Texas. This course can be taught in a lecture or panel discussion format and changed to cater to the needs of your program or staff.
Mental Health First Aid for Military Members, Veterans, and their Families
Mental Health First Aid for Military Members, Veterans, and their Families training focuses on the unique experiences and needs of the military, veteran and their family population, including a myriad of social and behavioral health issues related to military service like mental illness, addiction, and the impact of military service the circle of family (significant other, children, parents, siblings, etc.) and friends. Training topics cover military culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health, specific risk factors faced by many service members and their families, such as trauma (both mental and physical), stress, and separation, and common mental health resources for service members, their families and those who support them. Attendees will also learn how to apply the ALGEE action plan in a number of scenarios designed specifically for service members, their families and those that support them. This training hopes to break down the stigma associated with mental illness, provide tools to reach out to those who suffer in silence, reluctant to seek help, and make mental health access and treatment accessible to those in need.