Deployment Psychology Blog

September 14, 2012: CDP News

It's Friday, which means it's time for another edition of CDP News. First up, we just recently finalized the next session for our week-long "Addressing the Psychological Needs of Warriors and Their Families." It will be held December 3-7 in Blacksburg, VA. Registration will be opening soon. Keep checking our Training page or our Facebook page where we'll be announcing it as soon as registration opens for this event.

September 13, 2012: Research Update

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:
• Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (Supplement to Military Medicine; Volume 177, No 8S)
• The Effectiveness of Internet Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Clinical Practice.

Staff Voices: To PE or CPT…that is the question

As I work with clinicians who are trained in evidence-based treatments for PTSD, one query is raised repeatedly…Should I use Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) or Prolonged Exposure (PE) to treat patient X?

PTSD is one of the signature disorders of the OIF/OEF conflict. PTSD is characterized by symptoms of re-experiencing, avoidance/numbing and hyperarousal. As many as 20% of the US service members returning from Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001 may have PTSD ( We may safely assume that a significant number of veterans from the current conflict and other eras will need effective treatment to alleviate PTSD symptoms. Let’s review…

September 10, 2012: By the Numbers


The number of people worldside who commit suicide every day, according to the World Health Organization, which also noted: "For every person who completes a suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives."

According to a statistic vetted by PolitiFact, 18 of those 3000 are U.S. military veterans.

Today -- September 10 -- is the 10th anniversary of World Suicide Prevention Day.