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Creating and Seizing Opportunities to Serve the Military. Case Study: Air Force Clinical Training Project David Litts Associate Director, Suicide Prevention Resource Center. The Military. 1.4M Active members* Army – 507k Navy – 348k Air Force – 347k Marines – 180k

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Creating and seizing opportunities to serve the military

Creating and Seizing Opportunities to Serve the Military

Case Study: Air Force Clinical Training Project

David Litts

Associate Director, Suicide Prevention Resource Center


The military
The Military

  • 1.4M Active members*

    • Army – 507k

    • Navy – 348k

    • Air Force – 347k

    • Marines – 180k

  • 1.2M Reserve and Guard**

  • 650k Civilian employees*

*Source: DoD, 2006

**Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2004


Military culture
Military Culture

  • Constitutional underpinning: civilian control

  • Each branch culturally distinct

  • People: the most important weapon system

  • Patriotic volunteers in service to country

  • Commitment to the mission; willing to die

  • Values: excellence, integrity, service

  • Leaders: Aiming to do “right” in very political environment


Relationships matter
Relationships Matter

  • May 06 – Problem: ”Have money; need training; no time.”

  • June 06 – Drafted solution

  • Aug 06 – RFP: proposals due in 2 weeks

  • Sep 06 – Awarded


Case study air force the need
Case Study:Air Force: The Need

  • Pioneered comprehensive approaches to suicide prevention in ’90s

  • Implemented and evaluated extensive public health approaches to preventing suicide

  • Recognized relative deficit in training of mental health providers—1200 of them at 79 locations worldwide


Hhd solution amsr
HHD Solution: AMSR

  • Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals

    • One-day workshop

    • Developed during first 3-year contract for SPRC

    • Deployed April 2006

    • Completed ~ 17 workshops in first 7 mos


Af contract requirements
AF Contract Requirements

  • Conduct AMSR workshops at 45 bases in 12 months

    • Trainers:

      • Doctoral level

      • > 10 yrs in practice;

      • > 2 yrs in clinical training settings

    • Curriculum:

      • Developed by panel of nationally recognized experts

      • Focuses on essential skills for assessing and managing suicide risk


Thought questions
Thought Questions

  • For what other unmet DoD/VA needs are there HHD solutions?

  • With whom do we have relationships that could produce service opportunities?

  • Where should we seek similar relationships?


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