AMES Research Clinical Core
The purpose of the AMES Research Clinical Core is to provide clinically informed services for military, veterans, and first responder organizations. They contribute to the development and implementation of programming to improve behavioral and organizational health. They provide expertise on mental health concerns and interventions to address behavioral and organizational health concerns. Through their work, they advocate for culturally competent services that acknowledge military, veteran, and first responder culture. The AMES Research Clinical Core provides services including:
- The development and delivery of evidence-based interventions, trainings, and psychoeducational programming, such as self-regulation and resilience training.
- Teaching, supervision, and mentorship of clinical researchers-and-practitioners-in-training, including development of core competencies of social work.
- The enhancement of mental health screening processes.
- Advocating for culturally relevant mental health supports and resources for service members, veterans, and first responders.
Research Clinical Core Personnel
Recent, Ongoing, or Upcoming Work by the Research Clinical Core
Helping Firefighters Achieve a Good Night’s Sleep at the Station
Getting good sleep is critically important for health and performance at work, but there are many challenges to getting a good nights’ sleep. This is especially true for firefighters. The AMES Research Clinical Core recently developed and delivered a training to City of South Fulton Fire & Rescue Department, which focused on optimizing sleep while at the fire station. This recent work exemplifies the important role of psychoeducational training in promoting health and wellness for first responders. The AMES Clinical Core stated that the development and delivery of this program was particularly exciting because it promotes awareness about behavioral health, destigmatizes the topic of behavioral and mental health, and recognizes the unique challenges that first responders face when promoting sleep health.
Adding Psychological Hardiness to the AMES Research Clinical Core Toolkit
The AMES Research Clinical Core recently completed a master training program in which they were trained in how to deliver a Psychological Hardiness Training. They learned how to implement a single-day training that teaches individuals to effectively manage and respond to stressful life events. Dr. Jason Judkins, an expert in military behavioral health, traveled to KSU to teach the AMES Research Clinical Core about the Psychological Hardiness training and to supervise them as they delivered the intervention to KSU students, veterans, and members of law enforcement. This event was important for the AMES Research Clinical Core because it demonstrates their commitment to continually building capacity to deliver evidence-based programs to improve health and well-being.
In addition to resources and programming provided by AMES, service members, veterans, first responders, or community members may wish to consider these resources.
Resources include General Resources, Military and Veteran Resources, and First-Responder Resources.