Deployment Psychology Blog

Staff Voices - Review of "The Assessment and Management of Suicidality"

Assessing and treating suicidal clients is one of the most anxiety-producing professional challenges faced by mental health providers.  Doing so conjures up fears about competence, risk management, and the time demands that come with working with suicidal clients.   While there is a wealth of literature to guide mental health professionals in this area, it can be difficult to find a resource that covers theory, assessment, and treatment in a concise form.   Recently, I discovered a resource that should be a part of every mental health provider’s library: The Assessment and Management of Suicidality, by M. David Rudd.  Dr. Rudd is a renowned scholar in the area of suicidality and is a prolific researcher and author.   However, his straightforward and simply written pocket resource for this challenging work may be one of his greatest contributions.

September 17, 2012: By the Numbers


The percentage of active duty military personnel who report having engaged in heavy drinking, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM)  -- Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces. This is according to data from 2008, which IOM says is the latest available. The report also says binge drinking among active duty personnel increased from 35% in 1998 to 47% in 2008.

September 14, 2012: CDP News

It's Friday, which means it's time for another edition of CDP News. First up, we just recently finalized the next session for our week-long "Addressing the Psychological Needs of Warriors and Their Families." It will be held December 3-7 in Blacksburg, VA. Registration will be opening soon. Keep checking our Training page or our Facebook page where we'll be announcing it as soon as registration opens for this event.

September 13, 2012: Research Update

The CDP's weekly research update contains the latest news, journal articles and useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include:
• Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (Supplement to Military Medicine; Volume 177, No 8S)
• The Effectiveness of Internet Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Clinical Practice.

Staff Voices: To PE or CPT…that is the question

As I work with clinicians who are trained in evidence-based treatments for PTSD, one query is raised repeatedly…Should I use Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) or Prolonged Exposure (PE) to treat patient X?

PTSD is one of the signature disorders of the OIF/OEF conflict. PTSD is characterized by symptoms of re-experiencing, avoidance/numbing and hyperarousal. As many as 20% of the US service members returning from Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001 may have PTSD ( We may safely assume that a significant number of veterans from the current conflict and other eras will need effective treatment to alleviate PTSD symptoms. Let’s review…