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. 2019 is off to a good start and we've got lots more coming up.
It was a busy week! We held our first CDP Presents webinar of the year, "Blueprints for Suicide Treatment in the Military: The Lost Art of Case Conceptualization." It was a great start to 2019 for our CDP Presents series. If you missed it, we'll be posting a recording of the event to our site next week. Registration is available for next month's event "Tobacco Control in the Air Force - Trends and Treatment." It will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on 20 February. This presentation will discuss how changes in current trends create new challenges for behavioral health clinicans in reducing the burden of tobacco use on readiness and the health of the force. Clinical best practices to increase engagment and tobacco cessation will be discussed. As usual, participants who attend attend and complete a post-training survey/evaluation will be eligible to receive one free CE.
Yesterday we had a half-day training on "Assessing Clients for Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder." This workshop reviews 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 are 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. We reached capacity on this event, so we're looking to schedule another session this summer. Keep an eye on our training calendar for future dates!
Speaking of which, we also filled up our upcoming online Prolonged Exposure training on 24-25 January and were forced to close registration early 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. However, sign ups spots are still available for our Suicide Prevention training coming up on 4-5 February. Registration for this event is $45 and comes with 13.5 CEs.
Also coming up in Feburary will be the CDP’s Couples Webinar Series. This 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, we took a look at our newly-revised Webinars and Online Courses section on our website. We've been working hard to expand our online offerings, so we thought we should also spruce that section up a little. 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.
Finally, there's about a week and a half left to apply for this years' "The Summer Institute: Preparing for a Career in the Armed Forces." Applications are due by 29 January. So if you or someone you know is interested in participating, make sure you submit your application (and reference) soon!
With that, we're going to wrap up this week's edition. As always, feel free to reach out to us with any suggestions, questions, or anything else you'd like to let us know about!