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 week was a bit shorter than usual, due to the Labor Day holiday, but we’ve still got plenty to talk about.
On Wednesday we held the first of our weekly webinars in September intended to spotlight suicide awareness. Meghan McCarthy, Ph.D., talked about “Veteran Suicide Data and VA Prevention Programs.” It was a very informative and interesting presentation. If you missed it, don’t worry! We’ll be posting a full recording of the event to the CDP Presents section of our website early next week.
We’ve still got three more great webinars scheduled for this month as well. The specific topics of the webinars are as follows. On 13 September, we’ll have “Suicide Risk Assessment.” 20 September will feature “The Safety Planning Intervention for Reducing Suicide Risk.” Finally, on 27 September, we will present “Means Restriction and Talking to Suicidal Veterans About Firearms.” All of the webinars will be presented from noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern via Adobe Connect. As an added bonus, CDP will be teaming up with Cohen Veterans Network to offer free CEs to attendees of these events. All participants who attend and successfully complete a post-training survey/evaluation will be eligible to receive one free CE credit for each webinar.
There is only one more week left to register for our next online EBP event, a Cognitive Processing Training on 19-20 September. This CPT event will be presented via Zoom. You can find more info on the Zoom platform on our online training page here. Registration is also available for our October EBP training, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression (CBT-D), which will be held via Second Life on 12-13 October. All our currently scheduled events can be found on our upcoming training calendar. If you would like to be notified when registration begins for any upcoming online event, you can sign up by completing the form here.
In this week’s Staff Perspective on the CDP blog Deb Nofizger discussed the importance of avoiding “psychobabble” when working with clients, especially those in a military population. Dr. Nofziger’s blog, “Are We ‘Pushers’ or ‘Adaptive’ With Patient Understanding,” details her experiences with how quickly patients can “tune out” to a treatment if therapists don’t take the time to explain it in a relatable way. She also talks about a book that she and her coworkers have found useful to assist with keeping this in mind. Unfortunately, with the shortened week, there’s no Research Update this time around, but it should be back next week.
Also, the CDP’s Summer Institute: Preparing for a Career in the Armed Forces will begin taking applications on 28 September for next year’s iteration, which will be held 25-29 June. This has been a very popular program over the past few years and we’re excited to be able to offer it once again.
That’s all we’ve got for this week. We hope everyone has a great weekend. Don’t forget to check back on Monday for a new entry in our By the Numbers column!