Blog posts with the tag "Clinical Skills"

Practically Speaking: Behind the Episode: “WETting” Our Toes in Trauma Treatment Options”

Dr. Kevin Holloway

One of the issues that all providers are faced with in their clinical practice is deciding what treatment options might fit best with a client who has PTSD. While our brains often go to the first line treatments like PE, CPT and EMDR, sometimes a 10 - 12 session protocol isn't the best fit for the client in front of us who can’t commit to that treatment length or has other reasons that drive a different approach. To truly provide patient-driven care, we, as clinicians, need to have other EBP options at-the-ready to meet our clients where they are. In this episode of Practical for your Practice, CDP’s own Dr. Paula Domenici joins us to talk about her experience with using Written Exposure Therapy (WET) and how it has enhanced her clinical practice.

Staff Perspective: Choosing Your Words Carefully - APA’s Updated Inclusive Language Guide is an Important Resource for Psychologists

Dr. Jenny Phillips

The American Psychological Association (APA) recently released their updated Inclusive Language Guide (2nd ed.). The publication supports APA’s efforts to support and facilitate equity, diversity, and inclusion across the field of psychology and is an important resource for all psychologists. This blog provides a brief overview of the types of information presented in the guide and its usefulness in both clinical and non-clinical settings.

Practically Speaking: Behind the Episode “The NEW VA/DoD CPG for PTSD: Giving Providers a Fighting Chance”

Dr. Kevin Holloway

As many of our listeners know, the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense (VA/DoD) Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute stress disorder (ASD) was released in June of 2023. The CPG, designed to assist clinical decision making, provides recommendations that, in essence, give a clinician a fighting chance of identifying treatments that the research suggests should help their clients. But for many busy providers, it is a lot to unpack and digest! 

Staff Perspective: Combatting Suicide After Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Jennifer Nevers, LCSW

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month may have officially ended but the efforts being taken by the DoD continue to take shape. In March of 2022, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced the establishment of the Suicide Prevention and Response Independent Review Committee (SPRIRC). The final report from the committee was released in February of this year and outlined specific recommendations on how the DoD can improve suicide prevention efforts in areas such as treatment access, training and education, public awareness campaigns, behavioral health staffing, research, and DoD policy and regulatory issues as a whole (Iwamasa et al., 2023).

Practically Speaking: Behind the Episode - EBP Confessionals: We Messed Up and We Recovered From It

“What if….?” questions come up frequently as we instruct or consult on evidence-based psychotherapies (EBPs). You probably recall imagining all of the worst-case scenarios when you were first learning a new treatment. Even seasoned clinicians still find themselves asking “what if…?” questions while delivering treatment. And more than once I’ve found myself faced with that scenario that I’ve been dreading for years and suddenly have to figure out “What do I do now?”