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CDP News: July 12, 2013

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.

Research Update: July 11, 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:
• 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.

Staff Voices: Q & A on the Army’s Embedded Behavioral Health (EBH) program

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.

Staff Voices: Integrating Deployment Experiences - The Process Group as a Critical Resource

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.

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