Blog posts with the tag "Staff Perspective"

Staff Perspective: Expanding the Pathways Program – Exploring a Career as a Military Social Worker

April Thompson, LCSW

Since 2015, the Center for Deployment Psychology has been providing learning opportunities for doctoral students in clinical or counseling psychology interested in joining the military and serving military patients through a program called “Pathways to Preparing for a Psychology Career in the Military”. Initially created as an in-person, week-long training event, the Summer Institute is held each year during either June or July on the campus of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland. This location is ideal as it provides participants with exposure to a military base as well as the USU campus

Staff Perspective: Telling About the Trauma

Dr. Deb Nofziger

Previously, I wrote about why combat veterans hesitate to share details about their combat experiences. These insights could be adjusted to anyone who has experienced trauma. I’ve repeatedly had veterans, providers, and family members tell me this makes sense to them. However, understanding a hesitancy to share does not mean it is okay to tell loved ones absolutely nothing about what happened if someone is struggling with the aftermath of trauma. 

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.

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).

Staff Perspective: Behavioral Health Resources I Wish I Had Known About for Suicide Prevention

Professionals and researchers across the behavioral health field agree that preventing suicide is a complex problem that must be addressed at multiple levels. In honor of Suicide Prevention Month, I’d like to reflect on a couple of resources I wish I had known about earlier and share with you some resources that the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) will release in 2024.