Back in June of 2023, I attended the Psych Congress Elevate conference. I haven’t attended this conference in the past, but the topics and speakers looked interesting, and I needed some CEs. Plus, it was in Las Vegas, so extra bonus! I soon found that while psychologists were certainly welcomed and encouraged to attend, most of the presentations focused on pharmacological interventions for mental health issues. Fair enough, as I very much respect the important role pharmacology and prescribers play in addressing these conditions. Even though I felt like I was crashing someone else’s party, I value learning new things, especially if it helps me explain or present ideas to my clients that can be beneficial, even if I would not be the one prescribing or managing their medications.
Blog posts with the tag "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder"
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!
The COVID-19 pandemic brought about significant challenges for healthcare systems worldwide, with behavioral health services being particularly overwhelmed by the increased demand for mental health support. Even before the pandemic, many behavioral health clinics throughout the Military Healthcare System (MHS) and in the civilian sector were contending with increased demand for services beyond the capacity of the system to provide them. Traditional models of therapy rooted in 45- or 50-min individual therapy sessions, while appropriate in many situations and presentations, are not what everyone needs.
In our first episode of season 4, we tackle one of the top concerns we hear in our PTSD EBP workshops and consultation… “But what if my client dissociates?!”. If this has been on your list of clinical worries, worry no more! In this episode we are joined by one of CDP’s PTSD experts, Dr. Kelly Chrestman to dig into what is dissociation (and what isn’t)? What is its function? How can we best assess it? When is it likely to show up? AND most importantly, what providers can do to manage it in the context of their EBP work!
Animal-assisted Therapy (AAT) for post-traumatic stress disorder is an interesting and appealing topic for many clinicians. This blog identifies a recently published text that includes information about AAT with practical clinical applications but also information likely to appeal to a wider audience, including non-clinicians.