For this week's Staff Perspective blog entry, we're going to take a quick look at a few interesting and military-psychology related stories from around the Internet.
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VAntage Point: The VA's VAntage Point blog has a very timely four-part series focused on veterans of the war in Afghanistan. The first part is entitled "How Veterans Can Reconcile Service." With the recent close of combat operations in Afghanistan, this piece provides advice and resources for veterans who may be struggling with mental health concerns. The other entries in the series include "How Veterans can Learn from Vietnam Veterans," "How Spouses and Caregivers can Support Veterans with PTSD," and "Resources Available for PTSD."
Advances in Digital CBT-I: Sleep problems are one of the most commonly reported issues with Service members and veterans. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is an effective method for treating sleep issues. In an effort to increase the accessibility of CBT-I, digital treatment options are being examined and developed. While face-to-face delivery of CBT-I remains preferable, these digital avenues may serve as an option when live treatment isn't possible.
Study finds link between coronavirus infection and suicidal thoughts in veterans: A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that while the overall rate of suicides among veterans declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, those vets who had been infected were almost twice as likely to experience suicidal ideation. .
CDP's Winter Institute: Lastly, we wanted to take a moment to highlight the CDP's own Pathways to Military Interships: The Winter Institute. This new virtual course will be held from 10-12 January 2022 online. It is designed to raise doctoral students’ awareness of what it would be like to serve as a psychologist in the Armed Forces and to increase their competitiveness for a military internship. For more information on this program or to apply, please click here.