Training on Assessment of PTSD and Suicide Risk Management in Veterans Online via Zoom
12-13 May 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern
Please note: This event and the waiting list have both reached capacity and we are no longer about to accept any additional participants. If you have any questions or would like to be informed of future iterations of this event, please contact Mr. Micah Norgard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This training is funded by the PTSD Consultation Program at VA’s National Center for PTSD and presented in collaboration with VA’s Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program and the Center for Deployment Psychology.
Description: Cultural competence is an ethical and clinical imperative for effective clinical practice. Cultural competence for clinicians working with Veterans and Service members includes developing familiarity with unique aspects of military culture that impact clinical care as well as common clinical issues faced by these populations. This two-day workshop aims to introduce participants to military culture and help them develop skills in assessing for two important clinical issues: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide risk.
Target Audience: For licensed behavioral health providers who treat Veterans. Non-VA licensed mental health providers who regularly treat U.S. Veterans or those who intend to treat U.S. Veterans can apply.
Application Information: Applications can be completed through the Eventbrite system. All initial applicants will be waitlisted until the application is vetted through the CDP/VA Project Managers. Applicants will be notified by email of the decision within approximately two weeks of the application.
After this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Characterize the structure and major components of the United States military.
- Analyze common characteristics of the military population and how they compare to the general population.
- Substantiate the importance of a distinct culture to the military.
- Appraise elements of the military experience and lifestyle that are integral to military culture.
- Apply the VA/DOD Guidelines for the Assessment of Trauma and PTSD.
- Discriminate between symptoms of PTSD and other disorders based on the DSM-5.
- Facilitate the screening, diagnostic assessment, and tracking of treatment outcomes in PTSD patients using the PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5).
- Communicate results of diagnostic assessments as well as treatment outcome measures to clients to facilitate effective treatment.
- Apply suicide risk identification methods, including identifying warning signs, predictive analytics, and screening.
- Conduct a comprehensive suicide clinical risk assessment to include a review of assessment goals, suicidal ideation, and history of suicide, and identification of warning signs and both risk and protective factors for suicide.
- Utilize the results of a suicide clinical risk assessment to develop a suicide risk formulation.
- Provide recommendations for the documentation of suicide risk based on the outcomes of the suicide clinical risk assessment.
- Differentiate between acute and chronic suicide risk and descriptors for low, intermediate, and high-risk status.
- Justify the use of lethal means safety counseling as a best practice for suicide risk management.
- Apply the recommended methods for lethal means safety counseling for firearms, medications, and other environmental risks to US Veterans.
- Collaboratively develop and utilize an effective safety plan to mitigate suicide risk.
This course will be presented via Zoom teleconferencing software. Zoom is browser-based, however an add-in may need to be installed before attending. Participants can test their computer's capabilities by clicking here (or visiting https://zoom.us/test). We recommend those using Internet connections on government or military locations test their ability to load Zoom in advance of the event to ensure there are no technical difficulties. Microphones and webcams are not necessary, but you will need a computer with working speakers or headphones. If you encounter connection difficulties when using your computer, the Zoom app is also available for iOS and Android devices.
Continuing Education Details:
CE details for this event are still being finalized. This section will be updated in advance of the event.
The Center for Deployment Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Deployment Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
For questions or technical issues, please contact Mr. Micah Norgard (email@example.com) or Mr. Chris Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org).