It’s Friday and that means it’s time for this week’s CDP News. Join us as we take a minute to look back at the past week, as well as looking ahead to upcoming events at the Center for Deployment Psychology. We’re enjoying the summer, but still keeping busy at our mission to provide high-quality instruction in evidence-based therapies to behavioral health providers. We’ve got a few training events coming up soon. The first up is the University Counseling Center Core Competency program, which will be heading to Irving, Texas, just outside of Dallas, to present at North Lake College on Tuesday, July 16th.
Deployment Psychology Blog
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:
• Family-Centered Care for Military and Veteran Families Affected by Combat Injury.
• Long-Term Trajectories and Service Needs for Military Families.
• The Association of Sleep Duration, Mental Health, and Health Risk Behaviors among U.S. Afghanistan/Iraq Era Veterans.
Here in the Pacific Region, I am aware of what appears to be taking place across the Army, a great commitment and rapid transition toward building Embedded Behavioral Health (EBH) teams. I noticed Service Members were no longer blindly picking and choosing a mental health provider. Instead, there are now teams including psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and case managers assigned to a specific battalion, creating a more accessible pathway toward treatment.
39.7% and 3.3%
The percentages, respectively, of homeless female veterans and homeless male veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma (MST), according to "a cross-sectional study of 126,598 homeless Veterans who used VHA outpatient care in fiscal year 2010," recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
In a previous blog entry (entitled “New Experiences, New Perspectives - Improving Therapy Outcomes”), I discussed the clinical utility of having Service Members who have deployed work to integrate their deployment-related experiences into the self, versus suppressing and/or avoiding them. My discussion focused more or less on what might be accomplished in the individual psychotherapy situation. In this entry, I will briefly argue for its use in group psychotherapy, as I have seen improvements (i.e., a decrease in symptom presentation) in individuals’ general mood and dispositions related to their deployment experiences.