Spouses in Mental Healthcare
New Network Aims to Help Make Professional Life Easier
July 25, 2016 by Jake Butler
Two organizations are coming together to create a network geared towards helping spouses find successful career paths within the mental healthcare industry. The National Military Family Association (NMFA) and Give an Hour (GAH) are teaming up to address the shortage of mental healthcare providers across the country and help spouses break into the industry at the same time.
Many military spouses are already in the field, and the DoD and the VA are always looking for providers with roots in the community who understand the issues facing our veterans. The goal of the new network – called the Military Spouse Mental Health Profession Network – is to help make their professional lives a little easier and even more impactful.
It starts up front with scholarships. The NMFA partners with select schools across the country to offer a variety of scholarships designed specifically to help military spouses get the education they need to enter the field.
They can also help pay for certifications, training, licensing, and various other fees. Between PCS moves and financial constraints, maintaining the proper licensing in each state has historically been a huge challenge for spouses.
They’ll also go to bat on Capitol Hill. Part of their mission is to help clean up the bureaucratic and policy problems that make obtaining proper licensing such a hassle. That involves lobbying Congress, the DoD and the VA to give a voice to all the spouses out there who are struggling.
GAH mainly helps connect military families to healthcare providers with free and confidential counseling, but their new vision puts just as much emphasis on helping the providers become successful.
They can help spouses find accredited graduate programs, secure clinical supervision for licensure, and provide detailed information about requirements for licensing. They’ll also provide guidance regarding career portability, to ensure spouses can find jobs in whatever communities they settle into.
They can also help with networking by connecting spouses to other professionals in the mental health industry who can help with supervision or mentorship.
JOIN THE NETWORK
Whether you’re a military spouse just starting out on a new career path, you’re already a professional in the field and looking to mentor a military spouse, or if you just want to help out, you can get more information and register for the network here on the GAH site or here on the NMFA site.