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. This was a shorter week, due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday, but we still had lots going on.
In honor of September being Suicide Prevention Awareness month, we launched our Suicide Prevention spotlight page. This page has a wealth of resources, including blogs, infographics, training opportunities, and more. We’ll be adding additional content to the page as the month progresses. We hope you’ll come back and see what’s new throughout the month!
On Thursday and Friday of this week, we held our latest online EBP "Addressing Suicidal Behavioral in the U.S. Military: Strategies for Assessment, Crisis Intervention and Treatment" in Second Life. We had a good turnout and were happy to be able to present this important topic in such a relevant month. Registration for this event has closed. However, there are other online training opportunities coming up next month.
Also on Thursday, we presented the first of our four weekly webinars this month, "Suicide Survivorship: Applying TAPS best-practice Model to Support Military Families, Veterans, and Clinicians". If you missed it, we’ll be posting a recording of the event to our website soon. Next Thursday, from noon to 1:30 Eastern, the series will continue with "Suicide Prevention for Veterans with Other Than Honorable Discharges." Then 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’ve also got several other great online training opportunities coming up this month. This Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern, 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.
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. If you would like to be notified by email of upcoming online events, you can also sign up by completing the form here
Dr. Erin Frick was the author of this week’s Staff Perspective entry on the CDP blog, “Why…Why…Why? Why Are Rates of Suicide in the National Guard So High?” Dr. Frick examines this important question and provides some potential solutions to address it. After taking last week off, the weekly CDP Research Update is back and better than ever! This week, in addition to the usual journal articles, news and links, we also feature a special section on suicide prevention.
That’s it for this time around. Have a good weekend everyone. We hope to see you right back here on Monday for a new entry in our “By the Numbers” series!