What defines competency for trauma-related mental health services? Cook and Newman (2014) wrote an article summarizing major findings from the New Haven Trauma Competency Consensus Conference in effort to provide a comprehensive model of “trauma-focused, empirically informed competencies” (p 300). The conference participants were nominated by peers for their expertise with trauma and varied in their professional backgrounds (e.g., psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers), roles (e.g., independent practice, medical settings, academic affiliation) and professional organizations. The main purpose of the conference was to have subject matter experts identify empirically informed knowledge, skills, and attitudes deemed critical to developing competency in working with traumatized adults and children.
Blog posts with the tag "Staff Perspective"
Across multiple PE training workshops at which I’ve presented, we’ve discussed the importance of helping our patients understand various aspects of treatment such as rationale, procedures, the nature of the therapeutic relationship, using metaphors. A colleague and I recently discussed the use of metaphor in PE, and shared many of the metaphors we use in treatment. We realized that many new PE therapists might benefit from considering a wide range of metaphors that could be used in PE treatment, so we present to you several PE metaphors for your consideration.
At the Center for Deployment Psychology, we’re always looking for new ways to fulfill our mission to provide training and education to behavioral health provider to ensure they’re able to offer the highest-quality care to Service members and Veterans. On our website, we use several avenues to try and facilitate this effort and today we’re going to take a look at one of those methods, specifically, podcasts.
We have had a lot of questions about personality disorders since the new DSM-V was released earlier this year. The personality disorders (PD) are still included in the revised DSM but are no longer listed on Axis II. I will briefly summarize the PD’s before briefly discussing PD’s in the military. When diagnosing personality disorders it is best to consider a long-term, stable pattern of behavior that meets multiple diagnostic criteria (often five or more). I encourage clinicians to obtain corroborating information from family and long-term friends if possible prior to diagnosis. Please note, that the purpose of this blog is not to diagnose friends, family and co-workers.