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    Longstanding Military-Civilian Transition Research Forum Partners with Society for Military Psychology to Offer Continuing Education Credits



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    DoD, Military-Civilian Transition Office

    From The DoD Military-Civilian Transition Office

    Alexandria, VA – The Department of Defense Military-Civilian Transition Office (MCTO) has partnered with the Society for Military Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association (APA), to offer continuing education (CE) credits to individuals who attend its monthly Military-Civilian Transition Research Forums.

    CE credits are mandatory for many professionals who need to earn a certain number of credits as evidence that they have continued to advance their education and maintain their credentials. CE credits are also a way to ensure that their skills stay relevant.

    “This is an exciting opportunity for us,” said Nathan Ainspan, Ph.D., Senior Research Psychologist for MCTO. “It allows us to draw upon the expertise and long history the Society has in educating and training psychologists, especially regarding the work they have done training clinicians with little to no background with the military and military culture,” he continued.

    Dr. Ainspan is the creator and founder of the monthly research forum, a project he started in 2018.

    The mission of the monthly research forum is to provide researchers, policy directors, and practitioners with the most recent research findings and best practices so that these audiences can improve the policies and programs and services they provide to our transitioning service members and veterans.

    The partnership with the Society builds on the relationships Dr. Ainspan has created with psychologists supporting the military community. It provides the opportunity for more psychologists and other practitioners to attend the forum and receive credit for their learning.

    “The CE credits will help us further the forum’s mission by consolidating and improving the way that we instruct and educate and help advance the knowledge of our audience,” said Dr. Ainspan.

    The excitement for the partnership and continued collaboration is two-fold.

    “The Society for Military Psychology (APA Division 19) is honored to partner with MCTO to provide continuing education credit for the Military-Civilian Transition Research Forums. The Society seeks to facilitate the development and implementation of high quality CE opportunities for military and civilian psychologists working with service members, veterans and their families and we look forward to supporting this effort,” said William Brim, Psy.D, Chair of the Continuing Education Committee of the Society for Military Psychology.

    For more information on the research forum, contact Dr. Ainspan at

    About the Military-Civilian Transition Office:

    The DoD Military-Civilian Transition Office formed as a result of a merger between two DoD programs under the Defense Human Resource Activity’s Defense Personnel and Family Support Office in January 2020. The office provides policy and program oversight for the Transition Assistance Program and the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.

    MCTO’s mission is to continually improve the delivery of resources, information, and assistance provided through the programs and promote their effective and efficient support of transitioning Service members and members of the National Guard and Reserve, their families, and communities worldwide.



    Date Taken: 05.21.2021
    Date Posted: 05.21.2021 10:40
    Story ID: 397030
    Location: US

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