Blog posts with the tag "Technology"

Staff Perspective: Patients Recording Sessions – Anxiety All Around

Recent events where patients covertly recorded behavioral health sessions has brought these chronic concerns to the forefront for many providers. Providers seem conflicted about where they stand on patients secretly recording sessions. But advancements in technology have enhanced the anxiety as people can now splice recordings in ways that misrepresent what actually happened. For some, these  advancements lead to the belief that secret recording should be illegal. For others, it is yet another factor in their conflicted feelings and the struggle between patient and provider rights.

Staff Perspective: Live Training in a Virtual Environment – New Frontiers in Continuing Education

Providing or attending a live training in a virtual environment is a new experience for most people.  This article is a brief description of what it was like to be the trainer for a recent Suicide Prevention Training in Second Life, a virtual environment.  

Staff Perspective: Completed a CDP Training Course? Add it to your LinkedIn Profile

If you’ve participated in any of the Center for Deployment Psychology’s training courses and expanded your range of professional expertise, you may want to think about adding this accomplishment to your profile on LinkedIn. It’s really quite easy to do.

Staff Perspective: Smartphone Apps for the Anxiety-Minded

For the past few years I find more and more people using smartphone apps for professional purposes.  I admit that I've been hesitant to give up pen-and-paper for more advanced methods.  But I will also admit that there are some really neat and useful apps out there for the mental health professional.  I have also been stubbornly resisting electronic change, mainly because I don't want to have to deal with figuring out how to navigate a complicated, non-intuitive application.  If you too enjoy electronic simplicity and how it can be applied to your profession, below are two applications specific to individuals who need to better manage anxiety.

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. 

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