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CDP News: January 4, 2013

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.

Research Update: January 3, 2013

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.

Staff Voices: Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) Measure

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.

Staff Voices: Military Families and Holiday Separations

As 2012 is drawing to a close I find myself caught up in the usual holiday hustle-and-bustle. When I pull out my holiday cards, I am reminded that last year they read “Happy Holidays from San Diego & somewhere in the Western Pacific” – and I am thankful that this year my active-duty Navy husband is home to share in the festivities. We all know that separations are a part of military life, but holiday deployments can make this time of year particularly stressful for military families.

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