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MISSION Act Section 133: Core Training on Military Sexual Trauma - Community Mental Health Providers


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This section brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.

MISSION Act Section 133: A Core Training on Military Sexual Trauma (MST) for Community Mental Health Providers

  • Date Created: 07/30/2020
  • Time to Complete: 1.5 hours
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: MISSION Act

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MISSION Act Section 133: A Core Training on Military Sexual Trauma (MST) for Community Mental Health Providers


Section 133 of the VA MISSION Act of 2018 requires VA to establish competency standards for non-VA providers treating Veterans for injuries and conditions in which VA has a special expertise. This 1.5-hour accredited course was designed to provide community mental health providers with training on key information related to the care of Veterans who experienced military sexual trauma (MST), which is associated with both physical and mental health conditions.

The goal of this course is to help you enhance mental health care for Veterans by reviewing the specific health care needs of MST survivors and by highlighting strategies to improve assessment, treatment and patient-provider communication. This course also includes interactive exercises and videos to help you better understand the impact of MST and links to key resources.

Registration Required

This course was developed by VA's national MST Support Team in support of specific requirements of the MISSION Act. To access the course in TRAIN, you will need to join the "Veteran Community Care Providers" group within "VHA". To do so:

  • Go to your TRAIN profile and choose "Manage Groups"
  • If you are not already a member of "National/VHA," choose "Join Another Group." Type "VHA" or choose it from the list below the search box. Then select "Veteran Community Care Providers" from the list of Affiliations.
  • If you are already a member of "National/VHA," choose the edit (pencil) icon to the right. On the "Edit Group" page, you can either type "Veteran Community Care Providers" in the Select: Affiliations box or select it from the list below.
  • Be sure to confirm your selections and save your updated profile. You can then search for the course by the title or ID number.

Goals and Objectives

  • Define military sexual trauma (MST) and describe the impact it can have on Veterans' health and worldview
  • Describe how to screen for and respond sensitively to disclosures of MST
  • Provide treatment that is sensitive to and/or addresses the unique contribution MST may be making to the Veteran's difficulties
  • Describe the services VA has available to assist Veterans who experienced MST
  • Monitor personal reactions, both over the course of treatment and within specific patient-provider interactions

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