Staff Perspective: How CDP is Working to Extend the Reach and Scope of Our Training Events

Staff Perspective: How CDP is Working to Extend the Reach and Scope of Our Training Events

Here at the Center for Deployment Psychology our mission is to train military and civilian behavioral health providers to provide high-quality, deployment-related behavioral health services to military personnel and their families. Our trainers take that mission seriously and work very hard at fulfilling it. However, we also recognize that as hard as we try, we’ll never be able to deliver live, in-person training to all of the providers who are interested in attending. To help fill this gap, we’re making every effort to expand our online options available through our website, Let’s take a quick look at some of the options we’ve currently got in place.

First up, we’ve got a slate of 10 self-paced, eLearning courses. These courses cover a range of topics from evidence-based psychotherapies like Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy to issues effecting Service members and Veterans like suicide, depression or traumatic brain injuries. We’ve also got courses on deployment’s impact on military families and children, as well as ones designed for providers themselves that focus on general military cultural competence and provider self-care. All of these courses are available for free through the CDP’s website. Or for those interested in continuing education credits, these courses may be taken for CEUs for a small fee.

We have also partnered with the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare to offer a “Serving Our Veterans Behavioral Heath Certificate” program. This consists of 14 online courses, with over 20 hours of continuing education credit, created by the CDP and others, designed to instruct providers on the military and the unique issues that impact Service members, Veterans and their families.  For more information on this certificate program, please click here.

Another great resource that we’ve recently put in place is our “Learn Now” page. This area has a variety of resources designed to educate and assist providers in the use of evidence-based psychotherapies. There are links to pre-recorded webinars by CDP subject-matter experts, podcasts, videos and more. We’ll be adding more and new types of content to this sections as we create them, so make sure you check back often.

Finally, one other way we’re working to expand our reach is via online versions of our in-person training events. We’ve gotten many inquiries and requests for such events and after some successful pilot efforts, we’ve added two PE training workshops to our calendar. We’ll be holding the first 10-11 April from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST on both days. This course will take place via Adobe Connect teleconferencing. The second event will be 8-9 May from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST and will be held in Second Life. For more information on these programs, please visit their event pages. We’ll be adding more details and beginning registration in the upcoming weeks. Keep an eye out for more of these online training events as we roll on.

These are a few of the ways that the CDP is working to better fulfill our mission. Though none of these alternatives may never fully replace face-to-face training, we’re trying to offer as many options and opportunities for providers as possible. If you have any suggestions or avenues you’d like to see us explore, please don’t hesitate to let us know through the website or send an email to!