"Topics in Military & Deployment Psychology"
provides in-depth training on deployment spectrum
issues facing our Service members, their families,
and military behavioral health providers. This course,
which is offered four to five times a year, is taught not
only by CDP staff, but also by distinguished guest
speakers with expertise in military behavioral health
and deployment psychology.
This course is primarily geared toward uniformed behavioral health providers from all branches of the military.
Attendees have included military psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, physician assistants, chaplains,
and clinical nurse practitioners. While some of the attendees are established uniformed providers,
many are currently in their internship or residency year and represent the newest generation of tri-service
junior officers in the DoD.
The five-day course covers three broad topic areas identified as particularly salient to the care of Service members and their families:
In addition to the three areas listed above, a common course theme is the complicated dual relationship that uniformed behavioral health providers face inherent to balancing the needs of the military with those of the individual Service member. Ethical dilemmas and self-care are routinely presented from multiple perspectives throughout the course. The tri-service nature of the course also allows for a unique learning experience, including discussions of first-hand deployment experiences.