As a Deployment Behavioral Health Psychologist with the Center for Deployment Psychology, one of my specific areas of interest is that of suicide. I am fortunate enough to be able to teach pre-doctoral interns and civilian mental health providers about suicide prevalence, theory, associated risk and protective factors, as well as treatment. In addition, I work in a military treatment facility, so I see patients and supervise interns with their caseloads.
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As part of my job with the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) as a Deployment Behavioral Health Psychologist, I have the privilege of training psychology students in their last year of training—the predoctoral internship. Our faculty have a lot to teach them in that one year: military officership AND military psychology. In addition, we want to make sure that each intern’s skills as a generalist are well-grounded with strong abilities in assessment, consultation, and treatment. Since we carefully select our interns from among the most competitive applicants, we usually have the luxury of “fine-tuning” during the internship year. In other words, as faculty, we get to work with advanced psychology students and hone some special skills.
While every provider may experience some initial discomfort with implementing an unfamiliar treatment, I am often surprised with how resistant many mental health providers are toward learning and implementing evidence-based treatments. An article on this topic by Scott Lilienfeld and colleagues demonstrates this resistance, reasons for it, and potential ways to work through it. I believe providers on all sides of this issue should read this article as a way to both consider another perspective and to clarify their own opinions.
Having recently participated in a local suicide prevention event in my local community, this article about suicide and stigma caught my eye. I was invited by a group of individuals to help with a suicide awareness and prevention walk sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and to help with a community educational meeting about suicide about two weeks after the walk. Most of the individuals who are a part of this group have had personal experience with suicide, losing one or more family members in this way.
There are many books on and about war, but in "Redeployment" Phil Klay has managed to write not just about the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but to depict the depth and complexities of the human experience impacted by war, both in the combat zone and on the homefront. Engaging, intense, and humorous, this creative collection of short stories is sure to become a classic.