As a psychologist working in a Military Treatment Facility, I have had the privilege of providing care for some of America’s finest military men and women; those who have deployed to the Middle East in support of our most recent conflicts abroad. I have provided individual psychotherapy addressing deployment-related issues and concerns for the past five years and have also run a weekly post-deployment group for a little over four and a half years.
Deployment Psychology Blog
Respectively, the excess number of "ambulatory visits," hospitalizations, and hospital "bed days" among active duty service members that have occurred since the beginning of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars "than would have occurred if the pre-war experience had continued," according to the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, An article in the November 2012 issue of the Center's Medical Surveillance Monthly Report -- Costs of War: Excess Health Care Burdens During the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (Relative to the Health Care Experience Pre-War) -- estimates, in numerical detail, "the health care burden related to war fighting."
Welcome back from the holidays! Hopefully everyone's new year is off to a good start. It's back to work for all of us here at the CDP. The new year bring a new slate of training opportunities as we head back out on the road again. Next Tuesday we kick things off with our UC4 program in Syracuse, New York. We've also got our first UC4 Extended program, focusing on PE, on the 10th and 11th of January at San Diego State University.
The weekly CDP Research Update contains the latest news articles, research and useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include:
• Long-term effectiveness of CBT for anxiety disorders in an adult outpatient clinic sample: A follow-up study.
• Diagnosis and Healing In Veterans Suspected of Suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Using Reward Gene Testing and Reward Circuitry Natural Dopaminergic Activation.
Taking a Closer Look at One’s Helping Hands
As mental health providers how often do we ask ourselves, “How am I doing?” I imagine not often enough. However, compassion fatigue or burnout can be experienced even by the most dedicated and insightful clinicians. Our occupational responsibility is to offer a helping hand, but it's also our ethical responsibility to look at our hands for a quick assessment of their health. Are they cracked? Are they dry? Are there any scrapes or cuts? What needs to be done to better take care of them.