As clinicians who veterans and active service members, many of us see residual symptoms following successful treatment. We have patients who have successfully completed exposure treatment who were very capable of rehearsing their traumas and reducing their anxiety, yet some of them continue to show stubborn residual agitation. Their stories have become more coherent as they work through successive exposures, they progress through in vivo experiences, and their functioning improves. Their description sounds like their baseline anxiety level has gone from 3 to 5.
Blog posts with the tag "Staff Perspective"
In today's Staff Perspective on the CDP's blog, Dr. Regina Shillinglaw discusses the use of the modifier "Interrupted" in suicide nomenclature. She examines the correct usage and even provides a few examples.
Participants at our evidence-based psychotherapy (EBP) workshops often ask how to determine when patients are ready to engage in these treatments. When I read the article, "VA PTSD Clinic Director Perspectives: How Perceptions of Readiness Influence Delivery of Evidence-Based PTSD Treatment," I was struck by how universal these concerns are. The article describes how providers in VA clinics across the country are addressing these concerns. In reviewing their findings, we might reconsider the assumptions that we each make about patient readiness for EBPs.
I recently watched a very powerful video by famed author and filmmaker Sebastian Junger, entitled “Why veterans miss war”. As part of the TED Talk series, he discusses his experiences in Afghanistan and what he learned about the soldiers he spent time alongside.
In today’s blog, I’d like to take a few moments to talk about another great feature on DeploymentPsych.org, the self-paced online course Military Culture: Core Competencies for Healthcare Professionals. While we have several free online courses available on the website, this course is particularly noteworthy for a variety of reasons. This course has recently undergone some great improvements that will hopefully make it even more user-friendly and convenient for learners.