Deployment Psychology Blog

Staff Voices: Turning Knowledge into Practice

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.

By the Numbers - April 1, 2013

3% to 20%

The range in percentage of women deployed -- by branch and pay grade -- to Iraq or Afghanistan as of 2010, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine,  Returning Home from Iraq and Afghanistan: Readjustment Needs of Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families. 3% represents the proportion of female junior enlisted marines, and 20% represents the proportion of female junior Air Force officers. Overall, of military personnel serving in OEF/OIF through 2010, roughly 88% were men and 12% were women.

CDP News: March 29, 2013

We’ve almost made it through another week, but before we wrap things up it’s time for the latest edition of CDP News. This week we start things off by reminding everyone that today is the final day to register for our 2013 South Regional 1-Week Civilian Training to be held in the Oklahoma City metro area, April 8 through 12. Today is your last chance to sign up to attend this event, so act quick! These week-long training events are great opportunities for behavioral health providers to learn how to treat Service Members and Veterans. For more information about these programs, visit the civilian training section of our website.

Research Update: March 28, 2013

The CDP's weekly research update contains the latest news, journal articles and useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include:
• Combat & Operational Stress Research Quarterly – Spring 2013
• Returning Home from Iraq and Afghanistan: Assessment of Readjustment Needs of Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families (IOM)
• If We Ask, What They Might Tell: Clinical Assessment Lessons from LGBT Military Personnel Post-DADT
• Transgender People in the Military: Don't Ask? Don't Tell? Don't Enlist!

Staff Voices: A Review of the New Book “Fire and Forget”

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.”