CONTACT Denver Health provides first-of-its-kind military training - Dr. Christian Thurstone

Since joining the U.S. Army Reserve seven years ago, I have had a lot of time to study the military training needs for Army Mental Health Specialists.

I am grateful to my employer, Denver Health, and to my colleagues there — especially Dr. Scott Simpson, director of psychiatric emergency services — for coming alongside me to help with the development of a first-of-its-kind training program for these soldiers, who are focused on the delivery of mental healthcare for their fellow service members and for military families.

Today, the hospital released this short video about this innovative training program, which allows Army Mental Health Specialists to train in real-world hospital settings. I welcome hearing from any military training providers who would like more information.

About Chris Thurstone

Dr. Christian Thurstone is one of about three dozen physicians in the United States who are board-certified in general, child and adolescent and addictions psychiatry. He is medical director of one of Colorado’s largest youth substance-treatment programs and an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD), where he conducts research on youth substance use and addiction and serves as director of medical training for the university’s addiction psychiatry fellowship program. You can read more about him here.

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