The other day, I happened to be looking at the calendar on my cell phone and it dawned on me that it had been exactly one year since I interviewed for my position at the Center for Deployment Psychology. As I thought about that day, I remembered being really impressed with and excited about all of the innovative ways that CDP was using technology (e.g., Second Life) to disseminate training in Evidence-Based Psychotherapy (EBP).
Blog posts with the tag "Staff Perspective"
September is Suicide Awareness Month in the United States. I would like to use this opportunity to discuss three ideas that are important in bringing awareness to the effort of reducing the burden of suicide. I will briefly touch on the stigma of suicide, the extent of suicide among Veterans, and the warning signs of suicide as they relate to Service members and Veterans.
As the 15th anniversary of 9/11 drew near, I found myself thinking a lot about how the world has changed in those years and how those changes have impacted my personal life and my work. Last month, I drove through New York City to visit my hometown. Seeing the skyline always elicits in me a strange combination of grief for lives lost and pride in New Yorkers’ resilience. But on this drive I found myself thinking “What’s next?” and “Maybe it’s not safe to be in NYC.” Perhaps this was because the anniversary of 9/11 was right around the corner, but I also think it had a lot to do with the seeming increase in local and global violence.
Imagine that you want to build a house -- or better yet, that you NEED to build a house to get respite from the elements and to feel safe and comfortable. Unsure where to begin, you seek out a builder to help guide you in this process. You might feel a sense of trepidation. What if this builder doesn’t understand your needs or the kind of house you’re hoping for? Worse yet, what if the houses they build aren’t solid, long-lasting, and sound? Now imagine meeting with that builder and getting vague and confusing details about the building plan with no glimpse of a blueprint, but having to consent to the project. Oh... and you also are required to put down a significant deposit.