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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.

September 17, 2012: By the Numbers

20%

The percentage of active duty military personnel who report having engaged in heavy drinking, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM)  -- Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces. This is according to data from 2008, which IOM says is the latest available. The report also says binge drinking among active duty personnel increased from 35% in 1998 to 47% in 2008.

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