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Tricare Provider Readiness Designation

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Kelly Chrestman |  Laura Copland |  Sharon Birman |  Andrew Santanello
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The Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Section 717(a), requires the Department of Defense to develop a "provider readiness designation" to identify non-Department mental health care providers who have knowledge of military culture and evidence-based mental health treatments that have been approved by the Department. Section 717 (b) requires the Department to establish and update as necessary a publicly available registry of all non-Department mental health care providers with the "provider readiness designation" related to knowledge of military culture and evidence-based treatments. The goal is to provide Service members the opportunity to select a provider specific to their needs and choose from providers who have additional training and qualifications. Providers who have completed the specialty training required to receive the "provider readiness designation" will be designated with a unique symbol in the provider registry to indicate that they have completed additional training.


PLEASE NOTE: On a monthly basis data of all providers who have completed all courses successfully are sent to DHA and then to the TRICARE health network for which that provider is registered. By registering for this course you consent to have your registration info sent to DHA and then to TRICARE health network.


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Please note that the Military Culture - Core Competencies for Healthcare Professionals, Self-Assessment and Introduction to Military Ethos is hosted for free on the VA TRAIN website. Clicking the link will take you off of CDP is not responsible for the administration of that course and technical issues should be addressed to the VA as noted on their website. You will have to register separately for that course. However, completions of that course are also automatically reported to DHA.

When signing up for the Provider Readiness Designation please make sure that you check the box in the registration acknowledging that “I am taking this course as part of the DHA Provider Readiness Designation. I acknowledge that my registration information will be shared with DHA for the sole purpose of the Provider Readiness Designation.”





Kelly Chrestman's Profile

Kelly Chrestman Related seminars and products: 1

Center for Deployment Psychology

Kelly Chrestman, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist working as the lead for online consultation services at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. In this capacity, she is responsible for the development of the CDP’s web based consultation services to DoD and military mental health providers.

Dr. Chrestman received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee and her Master of Arts and Doctor of Psychology degrees from Nova Southeastern University. She completed a clinical psychology internship at the University of Mississippi, Jackson VA Medical Center Consortium and postdoctoral training at the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD,Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to joining the CDP, she was a research scientist at Behavioral Tech Research, Inc. and a clinical psychologist at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania.

As a clinical and research psychologist, much of Dr. Chrestman’s work has focused on trauma, violence and anxiety. She is particularly interested in the dissemination of empirically supported treatments, and using technology to improve the accessibility of treatment and training in community settings. She has trained numerous student and mental health professionals from the United States and other countries in techniques for treating PTSD and other anxiety disorders.

Dr. Chrestman is a co-author of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Adolescents with PTSD: Emotional Processing of Traumatic Experiences (2008) and has authored several articles on community and professional responses to trauma, particularly domestic violence and sexual assault.

Financial: Kelly Chrestman is employed by Center for Deployment Psychology.

Non-financial: Kelly Chrestman has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose. 

Laura Copland Related seminars and products: 1

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Laura J. Copland, MA, LCMHC, is a PTSD Treatment Trainer, with a focus on Cognitive Processing Therapy, at the Center for Deployment Psychology at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. She received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University New England in 1989.

Prior to joining the CDP staff, Ms. Copland directed, designed, and implemented state programs to assist active duty Service Members, Veterans and their families during and post-deployments, including Maryland National Guard Outreach and Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans. She has trained both military and civilian professionals on working effectively with military behavioral health issues. Ms. Copland has more than 20 years of direct service experience working with military Veterans and other survivors of trauma and acute and post-traumatic stress issues. Additionally, Ms. Copland was a Senior Adjunct Professor for 5 years in the Antioch University graduate psychology department.

Ms. Copland was awarded the State of Maryland Meritorious Civilian Service Medal by the Maryland Army National Guard for her work in the design and implementation of the Reintegration/Yellow Ribbon Program for all returning Maryland veterans and their families.

Financial: Laura Copland has an employment relationship with Center for Deployment Psychology.

Non-Financial: Laura Copland has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Sharon Birman's Profile

Sharon Birman Related seminars and products: 1

Psy.D., Cognitive Behavior Therapy Trainer

Center for Deployment Psychology

Sharon Birman, Psy.D., is a CBT trainer working with the Military Training Programs at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.  She joined the CDP in 2014 after completing her postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where she was actively involved in CBT and DBT intervention, supervision and education.  She completed her predoctoral internship at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center, focusing her training suicide prevention and evidence-based interventions for the treatment of individuals with severe, chronic mental illness. 

Dr. Birman received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern California and her master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University.

Her professional interests are in the areas of intervention and treatment planning for severe and chronic mental illness, suicide prevention, social justice, multicultural and diversity issues in therapy.  She has received intensive training in CBT and DBT in a variety of contexts, including hospital setting, community mental health centers, Veterans Affairs and within an applied research lab.  She has also received training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), among other therapeutic modalities. She is certified in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST), and Brief Response to Crisis (BRC). 

Financial: Sharon Birman has no relevant financial relationship to disclose

Nonfinancial: Sharon Birman has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose

Andrew Santanello's Profile

Andrew Santanello Related seminars and products: 1

Psy.D, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Trainer

Andrew Santanello, Psy.D is a licensed, clinical psychologist and CBT trainer at the Center for Deployment Psychology. Dr. Santanello joined CDP after over a decade of service in the Veterans Health Administration where he was a staff psychologist in the Trauma Recovery Program. In addition to providing direct services to Veterans, Dr. Santanello also served in several leadership positions including Team Leader for the Serving Returning Veterans-Mental Health Program, Program Manager for the PTSD/SUD Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Program, and Evidence Based Psychotherapy coordinator during his time in the VHA. Dr. Santanello is a National Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) trainer. Professional interests include Evidence-Based Psychotherapy (specifically CPT, PE, CBT-D), provider resilience, and mindfulness-based interventions.  

Financial: Andrew Santanello is employed by Center for Deployment Psychology.

Nonfinancial: Andrew Santanello is a member of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 



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