Boeing grant to provide training in combat PTSD therapies

A grant from Boeing Co. will fund scholarships for 200 community mental health providers nationwide to receive low-cost training in the top treatments for military-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Boeing’s $200,000 grant supports the STRONG STAR Training Initiative at UT Health San Antonio, which aims to equip more mental health providers to provide evidence-based treatment for PTSD and in turn increase access to high-quality care. Although hundreds of thousands of military service members and veterans suffer from PTSD, many do not have providers in their local communities who are trained in the leading therapies or in how best to deliver them to combat veterans, which this program provides.

“Helping veterans with PTSD gain access to evidence-based treatment is critical to their recovery and re-engagement in meaningful life,” said Katy Dondanville, Psy.D., associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at UT Health San Antonio and director of the STRONG STAR Training Initiative. “The task of developing and maintaining the workforce of veteran-serving community mental health providers is immense and long-term. Boeing’s generous grant will help us make progress toward that goal in 2020.”

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