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Staff Voices - Hope and PTSD Treatment

Some time ago I was in a family’s living room talking to a group who had come to the US as war refugees. Many had been tortured before fleeing their homeland, before finding safe haven in the US. I had been invited there to talk about PTSD and effective treatment. Many in the room likely suffered with the disorder, but if so, called it “nervousness” and referred to themselves or those with the problem as, “he’s crazy now…too bad.”

The horrors of war, the deaths, imprisonment and torture leave an indelible mark on the human psyche. PTSD, however, a psychiatric diagnosis, does not have to be part of the lingering legacy of war. That was the main point of my talk…and to share resources for help.

September 20, 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:
• Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces
• Celebrating 40 Years of Medical Education At The Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences: Lessons Learned From The Long-Term Career Outcome Study (LTCOS)

Staff Voices - Review of "The Assessment and Management of Suicidality"

Assessing and treating suicidal clients is one of the most anxiety-producing professional challenges faced by mental health providers.  Doing so conjures up fears about competence, risk management, and the time demands that come with working with suicidal clients.   While there is a wealth of literature to guide mental health professionals in this area, it can be difficult to find a resource that covers theory, assessment, and treatment in a concise form.   Recently, I discovered a resource that should be a part of every mental health provider’s library: The Assessment and Management of Suicidality, by M. David Rudd.  Dr. Rudd is a renowned scholar in the area of suicidality and is a prolific researcher and author.   However, his straightforward and simply written pocket resource for this challenging work may be one of his greatest contributions.

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