Home Base, in collaboration with the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body, has developed a program to train and certify instructors to administer the Resilient Warrior and Resilient Family courses to veterans and military families. The four core competencies of becoming a Resilient Warrior and Resilient Family instructor are:
- Awareness, knowledge and experience with psychopathology (e.g., anxiety, depression, substance use) and managing group dynamics.
- Knowledge of and respect for military culture.
- Experience and knowledge of Home Base’s Resilient Warrior and Family programs.
- Commitment to adopting the resilience skills, especially mindfulness, into their lives.
Each competency area has specific requirements that must be met to become a resilience instructor.
Competency I: Clinical Background
Instructors are required to have a clinical degree in social work, psychiatric nursing, medicine, psychology or counseling. Instructors without a clinical degree can be certified as a Level II Resilience Instructor as described below.
Instructors are required to take the “Building Resiliency through Cognitive Reappraisal and Lifestyle Modification” online course offered by the Benson Henry Institute of Mind Body Medicine.
Competency II: Military Culture Knowledge
Instructors are required to watch three videos on military culture through the Home Base Training Institute. As a community service, the Training Institute offers CME/CE/CEU certified on-line and in-person training at no charge to clinicians, health care professionals and community members throughout New England and nationally.
For instructors who served in the military, this competency area is waived.
Competency III: Knowledge of Home Base’s Resilient Warrior and Family Programs
Instructors are required to take a Resilient Warrior or Resilient Family course with a resilience trainer and must pass (80% correct) a knowledge test on the content of the Resilient Warrior and Family programs.
Prior to certification, each instructor must teach a Resilient Warrior or Resilient Family course while participating in weekly (individual or group) supervision with a Resilience Trainer. As part of supervision, instructors must submit at least two recording of them teaching the Resilient Warrior or Family program to a Resilience Trainer.
OPTIONAL: For additional training, instructors are encouraged to take the Benson Henry Institute’s Stress Management and Resilience Training program. This is an 8-week, 90-min class that is offered online as well as in-person at the Benson Henry Institute. It is the core curriculum to the Home Base resilience programs.
The cost for supervision, if provided by Home Base, is free.
Competency IV: Commitment to Adapting Mind Body Medicine
Instructors are required to practice mind body medicine daily. This is essential to effectively teaching the material.
Instructors are required to take the “Stress and the Relaxation Response: The Fundamentals of Mind Body Medicine” and “Using Medication in Clinical Practice: Application of HBI’s RR Meditation Techniques” online coursed offered by the Benson Henry Institute of Mind Body Medicine.
This will also be observed through ongoing group supervision and re-certification of resilience instructors. Certification will be dependent on one’s ability to incorporate and use the skills.
Upon completion of these competency areas, clinicians will be certified by the Home Base resilience team and added to our website of certified resilience trainers as “Level I Resilience Instructors”. To maintain certified, Level 1 Resilience Instructors are required to take a knowledge test every two years as well as participate in at least one group resilience training supervision each year.
Non-clinicians, such as Veterans and Service Members, who would like to become peer counselors or co-leaders of the Resilient Warrior and Family programs, can become certified as “Level II Resilience Instructors.” These instructors must complete the four competency areas described above with the exception of Competency Area II, or Knowledge of Military Culture, if they have served in the military. As a Level II Resilience Instructor, you are not able to lead resilience classes alone nor can become certified as a Resilience Trainer. There is not a re-certification requirement for Level II Resilience Instructors.
If you have any questions, or are interested in becoming a certified Resilience Instructor, please contact Rafaella Jakubovic, Home Base’s Administrative and Clinical Research Coordinator at email@example.com.