Train Vets to Treat Vets

  • Description
  • Funding History
  • Proposals

The Train Vets to Treat Vets program offers returning veterans career training in the field of behavioral health. The program focuses on training for treating returning veterans and their families. The program also provides direct behavioral health services to at-risk and homeless veterans.

In July 2011, the Department of Veterans Services (DVS) awarded a contract to the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now called William James College) to administer the Train Vets to Treat Vets program and attract returning veterans into the behavioral health field. The program uses current students who are veterans to reach out to recent returnees who may have an interest in behavioral health, and offers supervised field placements at the Veterans Northeast Outreach Centers in Haverhill and at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston.

The program also provides direct services for homeless veterans. Student-veterans provide clinical services such as individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and family therapy. In 2012, 11 students provided over 2,400 hours of clinical services to veterans in six different settings.

Updated, April 2016