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275 E. Main Street 4WG
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: (502) 564-4456
Fax: (502) 564-9010
Hours: Monday–Friday
8:00 am–4:30 pm ET


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Kentucky's Operation Immersion

May 7–10, 2019
Wendell H. Ford
Regional Training Center
Greenville, Kentucky

Click the "2018 Frequently Asked Questions and Information" link for information about the 2018 event.


Event Information

This innovative four-day training event will be held May 7-10, 2019, at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Kentucky. Operation Immersion is designed to expand the knowledge base and skills of professionals and providers who support Kentucky’s Service Members, Veterans and their Families (SMVF).

This event is presented by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID), and the Kentucky National Guard. With classroom workshops taught by field experts and first-hand military experiences taught by military leaders, this unique training experience is unlike any other.

Just as the military prepares its members by putting them through boot camp and training in order to face what lies ahead, this hands-on experience will equip you with the knowledge and understanding to support Kentucky’s SMVF population on the home front.

Thank you in advance for your commitment to serving Kentucky’s heroes.

I can honestly say that this was the single most valuable learning experience that I have ever encountered. The amount of learning and growth achieved during the four days is difficult to fully measure, as it is vast and deep.
–Susan M. Scully-Hill, Ph.D.

Target Audience

The target audience includes, but is not limited to, community mental health and substance use disorder treatment agencies, social workers, professional counselors, nurses, psychiatrists, physicians, psychologists, clergy/pastoral, judicial/corrections, college students, Department of Veterans Affairs staff, and anyone else that serves the SMVF population.

Space is limited to 100 participants.

Cost Information

The cost for this all-inclusive event is $100 per participant (a $1,375 value). This fee includes:

  • CEUs (approval pending). See below for more information.
  • Classroom and field sessions.
  • On-site lodging and meals.
  • Use of equipment and facilities.
  • Participant T-shirt.
  • An experience that will enhance your skills for working with the SMVF population.
  • A great networking opportunity to build your resources.

Contact Hours and Continuing Education Units

Contact Hours/Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be requested from the following boards: Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Long-Term Care Administrators, Nursing, Pastoral Counselors, Professional Art Therapists, Psychology, Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. Information will be available for submitting Continuing Education information to your respective entities for other specialties and those not preapproved.

OI is not just beneficial to us and our soldiers, but also to any veterans who receive services from providers who go through our program.
–Brigadier General Charles Jones, Kentucky National Guard

Training Information

Check-in begins Tuesday, May 7, at 11 a.m. CST and training starts at noon. Training concludes at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10.

Lodging will be provided in the barracks on the nights of May 7, 8 and 9. Barracks are furnished with bunk beds and military linens (two sheets, pillow and a pillowcase). Showers are bay style and open. Clothing for the training is casual (jeans, T-shirt, etc., as appropriate for Kentucky weather). Portions of this training take place outdoors, with experiences comparable to a moderate hike in the woods. Be prepared to experience dirt, grass, insects and other wildlife. A letter outlining more specific packing instructions will be sent to registrants closer to the training date.

A typical day begins with a modified "PT" workout (don’t worry, you can do it) followed by classroom sessions in the morning. In the afternoon, you will receive military skills training from the Kentucky National Guard experts. In addition, you will have the unique opportunity to experience some of the following: team-building exercises, virtual combat simulators and combat missions training (including paintball). Previously, some attendees participated in a training flight on a Blackhawk helicopter.

Note: Regarding physical training participation, staff and trainers will encourage you to do your personal best. It is not about what others can do, but what you can do. At any point in time that you feel unable to complete a task, please feel free to step aside and encourage others.

It was challenging. It was emotional. I was tired. And yet, it did not even begin to approximate what our soldiers and military personnel experience. As the second day unfolded, I was enthralled and motivated to learn and grow as much as I possibly could…By the end of the program, I felt deeply connected to the other participants and the staff and did not want the experience to end.
–2017 Participant

Priority Registration will be given to first-time attendees and those that serve Kentucky’s Service Members, Veterans and their Families.

If you have general questions, please contact the Program Administrator listed in the Contact Information box, whose name is an email link.

Last Updated 12/6/2018 4:03:41 PM
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