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. January is well underway and we've got several happenings coming up soon.
First up, due to demand, we've extended the application deadline for this year's "The Summer Institute: Preparing for a Career in the Armed Forces." Applications are now due by 29 January. So if you or someone you know is interested in participating, make sure you submit your application (and reference) in the next few weeks!
On Tuesday, we'll be holding our first CDP Presents webinar of the year. The topic will be "Blueprints for Suicide Treatment in the Military: The Lost Art of Case Conceptualization." It will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern. Presenters will define two types of case conceptualization and identify how case conceptualizations are relevant for suicide-focused psychotherapeutic treatment. Through the use of a hypothetical patient example, the presenters will demonstrate how case conceptualizations can be used to prioritize treatment targets for suicidal military-connected individuals. The patient example will highlight some suicide risk factors and life circumstances specific to military service members and military culture. Participants who attend attend and complete a post-training survey/evaluation will be eligible to receive one free CE. If you're unable to attend the live version, don't worry! We will be posting a recording of the presentation for on-demand viewing as well.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, we will host "Assessing Clients for Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder." This workshop will review a method for screening, assessment, and treatment outcome monitoring of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) centered on the use of the PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL5). 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. Registration for the event is $20 and comes with 4 CEs. For more information or to register, please click here.
Unfortunately, we had to close registration for our online Prolonged Exposure training on 24-25 January after reaching our maximum number of participants. For all of those that missed out on this iteration, we will be holding another online PE training in June via Zoom. In the meantime, sign ups are available for our Suicide Prevention training coming up on 4-5 February. Registration for this event is $45 and comes with 13.5 CEs.
Speaking of February events, registration is ongoing for the next round of CDP’s Couples Webinar Series. The series of four two-hour webinars will be held from 7-9 p.m. Eastern every Tuesday in February. The course topics are “Military and Veteran Couples: Elements of the Assessment Process,” “Military and Veteran Couples: Evidence-Based Approaches to Treatment,” “An Intervention Model for Working with Military Couples Who Have Experienced Infidelity,” and “Intimate Partner Violence: An Overview of Assessment and Response with Military-Connected Clients.” Tuition for each individual course is $18 or all four courses can be purchased as a bundle for $60. Each course comes with two CEs as well. To register or for more information about any of the webinars, you can visit the CWS page here.
This week in the CDP blog, our Staff Perspective featured CDP's Director, Dr. Bill Brim, who provides an overview of our current programs, as well as future directions, in his entry, "Looking Forward in 2019 and Beyond." It's a great summary of the broad range of CDP's activities and programs. Also, don't forget to check out this week's Research Update. As always, it's packed with the latest news, journal articles and useful links from around the Web.
That's all for this week! We hope everyone is stays warm and has a great weekend. We'll see you right back here on Monday for a brand new entry in our By the Numbers series.