The Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) is offering a two-day evidence-based workshop entitled "Training on Assessment of PTSD and Suicide Risk Management in Veterans" on 8-9 March 2022, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern via Zoom. Registration for the course is free.
Please note: 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.
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.
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.
An overview of military culture will be provided including basics about its history, organizational structure, core values, branches of the service, mission and operations, as well as the differences between the active and reserve components. Participants acquire greater competency in working with Service members and Veterans by learning military culture and terminology, and by discussing how aspects of the military culture impact behaviors and perspectives. The remainder of day one will review a method for screening, assessment, and treatment outcome monitoring of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) centered on the use of the PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5). Participants will be introduced to VA/DOD best practices for diagnosing military-related PTSD including screening for trauma-related disorders, obtaining thorough military and trauma histories, conducting a semi-structured diagnostic interview, and using self-report measures to track treatment outcome. Interactive exercises and video demonstrations will be used to help develop participants’ PTSD assessment skills.
Veteran suicide remains a significant public health concern, with those diagnosed with PTSD at potentially elevated risk. Clinicians with the VA Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program will review risk factors and discuss empirically-supported best practices for suicide assessment, prevention, and intervention with Veterans, including lethal means safety counseling and collaborative safety planning.
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.
Attendees 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.
- Describe suicide risk identification methods, including identifying warning signs, predictive analytics, and screening.
- Learn how to conduct a comprehensive suicide clinical risk assessment by reviewing overarching goals of the assessment, suicidal ideation, history of suicide, recognizing warning signs, and identifying risk and protective factors for suicide.
- Understand how to utilize results of a suicide clinical risk assessment to complete a suicide risk formulation and recommendations for documentation of risk.
- Describe suicide risk stratification using patient examples to understand the differences between acute versus chronic suicide risk and descriptors for low, intermediate, and high risk status.
- Learn the purpose and principles underlying lethal means safety counseling as a best practice for suicide risk management.
- Describe specific methods and recommendations to approach lethal means safety counseling for US Veterans and firearms, medications, and other environmental risks.
- Identify the purpose of and steps needed to collaboratively develop a safety plan.
- Review strategies to enhance the use of a safety plan in order to mitigate suicide risk.
System Requirements: This course will be presented via Zoom teleconferencing software. Participants will not have to install any additional programs on their computer to take part. However, a web browser is necessary. (Mac users are recommended to use the Chrome or Firefox browsers to minimize tech issues). Participants can test their computer's capabilities by clicking here (or visiting http://zoom.us/test). We recommend all participants test their ability to load Zoom in advance of the event to ensure there are no technical difficulties. All participants must log in via an individual connection, rather than as a group using one machine. A headset/headphones are recommended.
Continuing Education Details:
Final CE details are still being finalized. This section will be updated in advance of the event.