Blog posts with the tag "Staff Perspective"

Staff Perspective: Technology and Relationships - Finding the Balance in an Electronic Life

More and more people are becoming aware of the impact of smartphones, tablets, and easy Internet access on our ability to think, maintain relationships, and remain productive.  It has even been proposed that overuse of technological media can change our brains structurally in ways that will, over time, rob us of the ability to think deeply and utilize our cognitive horsepower!  This is a controversial topic, and undoubtedly people will have varying opinions, but no one can argue that various forms of technology are changing how we interact with each other. So, how does this apply to mental health, and the military specifically?  Well, we know that healthy relationships contribute to good mental health, and conversely, troubled relationships create risk for mental health problems.  Perhaps some of today’s relationship woes and mental health problems are a by-product of our increasing use of technological gadgets.
To learn more about this possibility in a military context, I interviewed Lt. Col. Kirk Rowe, an Air Force neuropsychologist at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. 

Staff Perspective: Changes in the new CPT treatment manual

As both a therapist using Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) with my PTSD patients and a CPT Trainer, I was eagerly awaiting the revision of the treatment manual.  And my wait was finally over in May 2014!  But then I found I was faced with a dilemma - do I throw out my old manual along with notes and reprint the new one?  Or can I simply keep the old manual and replace a few pages here and there.  It seems others were wondering also given the number of times during trainings and within my own clinic I've been asked this.  So, I did an in-depth comparison of the two manuals, and here is what I found along with my suggestions.

Staff Perspective: Transitioning from Military Service to Civilian Life

In my role at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP), I was recently asked about transitioning from military service to civilian life. The specific question asked was how case managers can identify a normal reaction to mourning the loss of identity due to leaving military service versus behavior that could be indicative of a clinical problem/disorder. I think it is a great question and one that many case managers, providers, and even Service members may have.    

Staff Perspective: Virtually There - CDP's Online Training Efforts

We here at the Center for Deployment Psychology are dedicated to our mission of offering high-quality training on evidence-based treatments for behavioral health providers. To help further this cause, we’ve recently begun offering training opportunities online. We recognize that taking time away from their practice and clients, in addition to the expense and hassle of travel are significant hurdles to many providers when it comes to attending live, face-to-face CDP events. These new online training sessions allow us to reach out to providers who otherwise may not be able to attend.