The post-deployment period is sometimes a surprisingly difficult time for returning Service Members and their significant others. Couples and families may find themselves experiencing more conflict and emotional distance than they anticipated and this leaves them feeling surprised and unprepared. After all, the deployment is over—shouldn’t reunion be the easiest part? We know that Service Members benefit from positive relationships with significant others after deployment. And in my clinical work with Service Members, I have observed that good post-deployment adjustment is good for Service Member relationships.
Blog posts with the tag "Staff Voices"
I always have the best intentions when I leave a workshop.
The trainers are so knowledgeable and skilled at presenting their work. In their presence, I can really see myself following their lead, transporting the best that science has to offer to my clients back home. But I have to be honest, often that optimism is diminished by the realities of everyday clinical practice.
In Siobhan Fallon’s story “Tips for a Smooth Transition," a newly returned soldier tries to explain to his bewildered wife why he felt compelled to jump into the midst of a pod of Galapagos sharks during their Hawaiian vacation. “I’ve seen kid toys loaded with explosives, snipers hiding in an elementary school. I’ve been in a Humvee with soldiers singing ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ and a second later it was upside down, full of fire and screams…That back there? That wasn’t anything to be afraid of. That was nothing but a bunch of fat fish having lunch.”
Somnambulism (ie, sleepwalking) is a disorder of arousal that falls under the Parasomnias group of disorders. Parasomnias are undesirable motor, verbal, or experiential events that occur typically during non-Rapid Eye-Movement (NREM) sleep. The disorder is usually benign, self-limited and rarely requires treatment.
The Center for Deployment Psychology received a nice mention in the media last week. Several news outlets picked up the press release on our recent efforts working with Army One Source. As part of the CDP’s continuing efforts to ensure the availability of high-quality training, we’re helping Army One Source to provide “free online continuing education training to behavioral health providers, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians, registered nurses, and professional counselors and therapists.”