Deployment Psychology Blog

CDP News: Apr. 14, 2017

Welcome to this week’s edition of CDP News! We like to use this space to review recent happenings in and around the Center for Deployment Psychology, while also looking ahead to upcoming events. We’re at the mid-point of April and spring doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon.

Staff Perspective: New EBP Video Section

We here at the Center for Deployment Psychology are excited to unveil the new Evidence-Based Psychotherapies video section on our website. As part of our multi-day EBP training events, we use many videos to demonstrate a variety of techniques. One of the most common request we receive is participants wanting the opportunity to watch these videos again afterwards to help reinforce the concepts. Now those interested can watch (and re-watch) all these video demonstrations whenever they want. 

Research Update: Apr. 13, 2017

The CDP's weekly research update contains the latest news, journal articles and useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include:
● PTSD Research Quarterly - Meditation-based Approaches in the Treatment of PTSD
● Economic evaluation of telephone-based concussion management for combat- related mild traumatic brain injury.

Guest Perspective: A Guide for Family Members and Friends in Helping Veterans Seek Mental Health Care

At least 60% of military Veterans who have served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan have enrolled in care in the Department of Veterans Affairs. However, many Veterans are reluctant to seek mental treatment. A recent study suggests that about one-third of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans who have major depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and over half of those who acknowledge alcohol misuse, do not choose to get mental health treatment in the year following screening (Elbogen et al., 2013).

By the Numbers - Apr. 10, 2017

$100,000 - $110,000

The amount spent each year by the Department of Defense (DOD) "to compensate the average active duty servicemember (including) cash, benefits, and contributions to retirement programs," according to a recent Congressional Research Service report -- Military Pay: Key Questions and Answers. Although, as the report points out, "some estimates of compensation costs are higher."