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. It seems like the new year just started, but we're already at the end of January!
Next Friday is the deadline for applications for this year's Summer Institute Preparing for a Psychology Career in the Military. This course is very popular and is a great opportunity for doctoral students who are interested in learning more about what it is like to serve as a psychologist in the armed forces. For more details or to submit an application, head over to the Summer Institute section of our website.
If you missed last week's CDP Presents webinar, "inTransition - Helping Bridge the Gap Between Patients, Providers and Healthcare Systems," we've got a recording of the event up for on-deman viewing. Speaking of CDP Presents, registration is available for 25 February's CDP Presents "Emotional Support Animals: Ethical, Legal, and Clinical Issues for Mental Health Professionals". It will examine the growing trend of individuals requesting emotional support animal (ESA) “letters” from licensed mental health professionals. This presentation will outline and describe the ethical (e.g., competence) and legal (e.g., fraudulent certification) issues related to ESA evaluation and certification. Special attention is paid to relevant recommendations for mental health providers that may encounter ESA requests from their clients. You can also sign up for March's presentation "RE-ACT: Resilience Enhancement Through Acceptance and Commitment Training." As with most of our CDP Presents webinars, those who attend and complete a post-training evaulation and knowledge check will be eligible for 1.5 continuing education credits.
On Thursday, we'll be kicking off another iteration of the online Couples Webinar Series, starting with Military-Connected Couples: Elements of the Assessment Process. The remaining topics are Military-Connected Couples: Evidence-Based Approaches to Treatment, Military-Connected Couples: An Intervention Model for Treating Infidelity, and Intimate Partner Violence: An Overview of Assessment and Response with Military-Connected Clients. These four courses will be held via Zoom from 3-5 p.m. every Thursday in February. They can be taken individually for $10 or all four for $35. Each comes with two continuing education credits. For more information or to sign up, click here to visit the CWS page.
The next two online evidence-based psychotherapy courses, 18-19 February's online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and March's online Prolonged Exposure (PE) training, are both currently at capacity. However, spots are still avilable for the the Assessing Military Clients for Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder training on 17 March. This four-hour workshop 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 (PCL5). April's weekly online Cognitive Processing Therapy course is also filling up fast. So if you are interested in attending, we suggest registering soon! For more events, check out our upcoming training calendar. Make sure you're following the CDP on our Facebook/Twitter feeds. You can also keep up with the newest CDP events by signing up for our monthly email digest by completing this form.
We're deep into winter and the days feel shorter than ever, which can lead to depressive symptoms in some people. In this week's Staff Perpsective, "The Use of Light Therapy for Seasonal Depressive Symptoms," Dr. Mogharreban reviews the use of light therapy as a treatment for those with mild symptoms of "winter blues" to individuals that may be experiencing more severe symptoms indicative of Seasonal Affective Disorder. 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 time around. As always, if there are any other topics you'd like to see covered in the CDP News column, feel free to reach out and let us know. Have a great weekend and we'll see you on Monday with a new By The Numbers!