If you have ever worked with a combat Veteran, at some point you have heard frustration from both the Veteran and family members about their communication specific to details about combat experiences. I was recently listening to a patient of mine with this common problem, and he put it very well – “I should tell my wife everything. But I don’t…. I can’t. It is too much to pile on her, and it would hurt her. So I don’t. I push her away instead, block her questions out so my pain won’t be her pain.” Listening to him, and all the others with similar statements, always seems to take me back to the first time I explained this issue with a patient and his family.
Blog posts with the tag "Staff Perspective"
It’s easy to say “I support the troops.” It’s quite another thing to leave your family during the holidays, travel 24 hours to the other side of the world, clear multiple levels of security, and provide free entertainment to deployed Service members. However, this is what the band Soul Asylum did recently. In late December, I talked with lead guitarist Ryan Smith about performing for Service members, morale abroad, and the experience of being a civilian visitor in a deployed setting.
Various theories of psychotherapy have long highlighted the importance of developing individualized treatment plans developed to meet the idiographic needs of the individual person. Decades of research have also supported the positive impact of patient-provider collaboration, which has yielded benefits to include increased sense of empowerment, autonomy, and satisfaction with treatment (Slade, 2017). Collaboration in treatment has led to improved treatment compliance and engagement, thereby producing enhanced treatment outcomes (Patel et al., 2008).
As the deadline for application for the Summer Institute: Preparing for a Career in the Armed Forces fast approaches (applications are due by Monday, 29 January 2018), some students may be on the fence about applying for this year’s intensive five-day training. I had the opportunity to ask some recent graduates about their experiences at The Summer Institute. The Center for Deployment Psychology’s Summer Institute: Preparing for a Career in the Armed Forces focuses on teaching student psychologists about some of the intricacies of working with active duty and Veteran populations. Here is some feedback from our Summer Institute graduates and current psychology interns LT Brittany Imholte and LT Lynnea Vis.
Smart phone are becoming more and more of an integral part of our lives every day. These enable the use of a wide variety of apps, many of which can be used by both behavioral health providers and their clients to assist in treatment, both in and outside of sessions. We keep an eye out for these and when we encounter ones we find especially useful, we like to share them fellow providers. We've got two new ones to talk about today, the Virtual Hope Box and Mood Coach apps.