Staff Perspective: How NOT to Miss Something Awesome - Like, Subscribe and Share CDP’s New Podcast

Staff Perspective: How NOT to Miss Something Awesome - Like, Subscribe and Share CDP’s New Podcast

Three clinical psychologists and trainers at the Center for Deployment Psychology walk into a recording studio with a mission to create a mind-blowing podcast for you, our CDP family of providers. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t a recording studio (but our closets) and maybe “mind-blowing” is a tad strong, BUT we are quite sure that you’ll want to give it a listen.

One of the awesome things about working at CDP is that we have the opportunity for in-depth, nuanced conversations with subject matter experts in the feld about challenges and successes when it comes to implementing various behavioral health approaches and treatments with military-connected clients. We wanted to capture some of those conversations and share them with you.

We are excited to announce the release of CDP’s new bi-weekly podcast, Practical for Your Practice. It will feature stories, ideas, support, and actionable intel to empower providers to keep working toward implementing evidence-based psychotherapies (EBPs) with fidelity and effectiveness. In this podcast, we sit down with colleagues to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of actually implementing EBPs, as well as other important issues that can impact our practice. These conversations between colleagues are relatable and real. They include instances of when things get messy and don’t go as planned, as well as lessons learned for how to get out of the mud and weeds. We started this podcast series because we wanted the providers that we train to really feel like they are a part of a community, and to provide a channel for people in military behavioral health to describe their clinical journey and experiences.

Here is a list of the already-released episodes for you to check out:

Episode 01: "I Went to the Workshop. Now What? Tips for Improving EBP Skills"
All of us have been to multi-day workshops to learn new clinical skills. Although we might leave with some enthusiasm, new skills, and new information, that doesn’t always mean that we are proficient in applying new learning. In this podcast, we chat about some of the strategies that we have used as EBP practitioners to improve our skills.

Episode 02: "Flexing New Muscles When Doing Prolonged Exposure Therapy (and Assigning in vivo Exercises) Amidst a Pandemic"
Guest: Dr. Kelly Chrestman
Masks, social distancing and hand sanitizer, oh my! This week we talk about practical tips for in vivo work during the pandemic. Not doing Prolonged Exposure (PE)? There is still actionable intel for you on how to collaborate with clients to get them engaged in meaningful activities despite all the barriers of COVID. This is the time to flex new muscles and think outside the box with us as we talk about doing PE (via telehealth) during the pandemic.

Episode 3: "This IS the Track - How Talking About Afghanistan Doesn't Have to Derail an EBP"
Guest: Dr. Sonya Norman
The recent events in Afghanistan have left many military-connected clients (and providers!) reeling, creating a sense of anxiety in clinics about how to best provide support. In this episode, we bring lead EBP consultants from the VA and DoD together to talk about the importance of examining our own reactions, making room for our client’s grief, anger and other emotions and how to be fully present in the room as our clients struggle to (re)create balance and meaning. Don’t miss this special episode as your colleagues discuss “doom scrolling,” the “EBP police,” and much more!

In addition to these episodes that were already released, tune in for upcoming episodes to include:

  • When Chronic Pain Enters the Room Responding Effectively when Physical Pain is Reported by Your Clients with guest Dr. Sharon Birman
  • Functionally Speaking: Conceptualization with the Head and the Heart with guest Dr. Robyn Walser
  • Practicing What We Preach - Applying Our Best Client Guidance to Caring for Ourselves with guest Dr. Carin Lefkowitz
  • Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions in Clinical Practice with guest Dr. Ryan Warner

So trust me… you don’t wanna miss this. Like, subscribe and share so we can stay connected. Join our conversation and, if you need help getting out of the mud and weeds, you know where to find us.

The opinions in CDP Staff Perspective blogs are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science or the Department of Defense.

Jenna Ermold, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist serving as a Military Behavioral Health Psychologist with the Center for Deployment Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.