The number of official "reports of sexual assault involving Service members" in FY 2012, according to the annual report recently related by the Department of Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault and Prevention Office (SAPRO). This represents an increase of 6% over the 3,192 sexual assaults reported in FY 2011.
We’ve reached the end of another week, which means it’s time to review the latest news and look forward to upcoming events in and around the Center for Deployment Psychology in this week’s CDP News. As usual, our training efforts are keeping us busy and out on the road. This week as part of the University Counseling Center Core Competency-Extended program, we headed to Columbus, OH to hold a two-day session on Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) at The Ohio State University. It was a great event, as Dr. Ted Bonar and Dr. Elizabeth Parins. presented to over 100 university counseling center clinicians from all across the country. We’d like to thank all who attended and made it such a rousing success!
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:
• Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military 2012 • Suicide Among Adults Aged 35–64 Years — United States, 1999–2010.
• Suicide Among Soldiers: A Review of Psychosocial Risk and Protective Factors.
Human-animal bonding relationships have existed as long as humans and animals have lived, worked and played together--evidence of positive relationships between people and animals goes back thousands of years. More recently, dogs were used to help heal psychiatric patients in the military as early as 1919 and throughout various wars up until the present. However, a quick look at the literature examining the benefits of this intervention shows that we have a long way to go in building empirical support for the benefits of Pet Therapy. For instance, the Department of Defense does not currently have a department-wide policy regarding Pet Therapy and does not specifically endorse any project or certifying body. Animal Assisted Therapy is not currently listed as an evidence-based therapy for any specific disorder and is considered a complimentary or alternative therapy. On the other hand, there is ample anecdotal evidence of the advantages, and the utilization of Pet Therapy is growing rapidly.