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. August is just about done and a busy fall is fast approaching.
September is suicide prevention awareness month. We’re going to spotlight suicide and suicide prevention resources throughout the month. To start with, we’ll look at the variety of online training events we’ve got going on in September. We’ll begin the month with "Addressing Suicidal Behavioral in the U.S. Military: Strategies for Assessment, Crisis Intervention and Treatment" on 6-7 September in Second Life. Registration for this event has closed. However, there are other online training opportunities coming up next month. On 13 September, we will be presenting "Assessment and Treatment of Sleep Disturbances in Military Populations - Circadian Rhythm Disturbances." Registration is $15 and comes with 3.5 CEs. If you would like to be notified by email of upcoming online events, you can also sign up by completing the form here.
Another part of CDP’s month-long spotlight on suicide will be a series of 1.5 hour webinars on a variety of suicide-related topics. Beginning on 6 September, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern, with "Suicide Survivorship: Applying TAPS best-practice Model to Support Military Families, Veterans, and Clinicians". Then on 13 September, we will feature "Suicide Prevention for Veterans with Other Than Honorable Discharges." On September 20, the webinar will be “Achieving the Promise of Suicidality Interventions: What Do We Know and How Do We Use It?” Finally, on 27 September, we’ll wrap up the webinar series with “Lethal Means Safety Counseling to Reduce Suicide Risk.” Participants who register, attend, and complete a brief post-training evaluation will be eligible to receive 1.5 CEs. For more information or to register for these webinars, visit our suicide prevention webinar series page here.
We’ll also be presenting the next iteration of our Military Couples webinar series, featuring all three topics on 26 September. Beginning with “Military and Veteran Couples: Elements of the Assessment Process” at 10 a.m. Eastern, followed by “Military and Veteran Couples: Evidence-Based Approaches to Treatment” at 12:30 p.m. Eastern and finally “An Intervention Model for Working with Military Couples Who Have Experienced Infidelity” at 3 p.m. Eastern. Registration for each session is $10 and comes with two continuing education credits. These course are designed to support clinicians who provide couples counseling to a military-connected population. Each course is two-hours and incorporates research, best clinical practices, and interactive activities.
Continuing the theme for September, this week’s Staff Perspective was a very personal piece by Dr. Libby Pains. Dr. Parins discusses the difficulties of dealing with the suicide of a friend. She also talks about methods of suicide prevention and the importance to not waiting until the warning signs are flashing. It’s a great start to our suicide prevention spotlight and we’ve got plenty more powerful blogs coming up over the next five weeks. We hope you’ll come back and join us throughout the month.
Have a great Labor Day weekend everyone. Come back and see us on Tuesday for our special spotlight on suicide!