DVBIC’s mission is to serve active duty military, their beneficiaries, and veterans with traumatic brain injuries through state-of-the-art clinical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs, and support for force health protection services. DVBIC fulfills this mission through ongoing collaboration with the DoD, military services, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), civilian health partners, local communities, and families and individuals with TBI.
APA partnered with the White House Joining Forces Initiative, headed by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden during their time at the White House, to support the psychological needs of our service members and their families. As part of this initiative, APA’s Education Directorate offered this presentation which looks at the problems experienced by returning war veterans, discusses key challenges in assessment and treatment of PTSD and related problems, describes aspects of effective treatment of veterans, and shares useful Internet and smartphone educational resources for veterans and their families and the psychologists who work with them. Free webinar Improving Care for Veterans with PTSD
The APA has made a “commitment to prepare current and future psychologists to provide evidence-based, culturally competent clinical services as well as to advance scientific knowledge, promote health and train other health professionals in deployment psychology.”
- Overview of Military Culture (PDF, 1.5MB) Acknowledgement: Jeanette Hsu, PhD, and the Veterans Affairs Psychology Training Council
- Watch Caring for the Military Family: What We All Should Know About Military Culture and the Stress of Deployment a two hour video from the American Psychological Association. 2 Continuing Education credits.
The APA provides a workshop called “Caring for the Military Family: What We All Should Know About Military Culture and the Stress of Deployment,” to provide an overview of military culture including its history, organizational structure, core values, branches of the service, mission, and operations. In addition, it examines military deployment and the unique experiences that service members, their spouses and their children face throughout the deployment cycle. The presentation incorporates research findings to discuss stressors and challenges associated with separations, reunions, and reintegration.
The Center for Deployment Psychology offers a variety of trainings across the nation and online webinars. Some are for civilians and some are geared specifically for those working within the military community. Topics include PTSD, TBIs, prolonged exposure therapy, and working with veterans on campus. http://deploymentpsych.org/disorders/ptsd-main
Additionally, they offer an online workshop meant to provide an introduction to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), including mechanisms of TBI as well as signs, symptoms, severity levels, and rates of TBI in civilian and military populations. Recommendations for assessing, managing, and treating TBI will be reviewed. The overlap between TBI and PTSD will be discussed and the importance of care coordination strategies, resources, and services available to patients with TBI and their families will be reviewed. This course is intended for mental health providers who are interested in gaining competency in working with individuals (military or civilian) who have sustained a TBI.
The CDP has recently launched a Military Culture for Healthcare Professionals website. It was designed by experts working as a part of a DoD/VA collaborative effort. Up to Eight free CE credits are being offered.
Family and Children
The Center for Deployment Psychology offers the following two on-line courses:
Deployment and Reintegration
The Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) trains military and civilian behavioral health professionals to provide high-quality deployment related behavioral health services to military personnel and their families.
The following online course is a recording of a live APA pre-conference workshop: Online Training Event in Collaboration with the APA: The Impact of Stress and Trauma Related to Military Deployment on Personnel and Their Families
The VA is also developing a set of mini-clinics to help community providers learn about the important issues relevant to treating veterans.
Clinicians can also learn about military sexual trauma from the Veterans Health Initiative (VHI) study guide, Military Sexual Trauma (2.05 MB, PDF). One objective of this study guide is to raise awareness among clinicians of the breadth of issues facing persons who have been sexually assaulted or raped in order to ensure appropriate clinical care.
Many providers do not screen new clients for having a military background. Learn how to do this here.
- Module 1: Self-Assessment/Intro to Military Ethos
- Module 2: Military Organization and Roles
- Module 3: Stressors and Resources
- Module 4: Treatment, Resources, and Tools
VA offers a number of toolkits, training, and other resources for many types of clinical professionals.
The PTSD 101 Course Modules are in Flash player and will open in a pop-up. Each course varies in length, but all take around an hour to complete – no registration required. FREE CE credits are currently available for most of the PTSD 101 courses.
Information on measures is available to everyone. However, the assessment tools themselves can only be distributed to qualified mental health professionals and researchers. Assessment Basics
The National Center for PTSD also provides a free consultation program open to anyone who treats veterans with PTSD. Visit www.ptsd.va.gov for more information.
In a world of expanding technology and widespread use of innovative healthcare, the National Center for Telehealth and Technology develops resources to improve health despite one’s distance from a medical provider. In addition to the Telehealth programs that have been developed, by clicking on the link below you can learn about the smartphone applications and other technological programs the Department of Defense has pioneered to help service members cope with PTSD, suicide, and help on the path towards resiliency. For an overview of the programs and resources, click here: http://t2health.dcoe.mil/
To learn about and download the smartphone Apps that have been designed to help service members treat symptoms such as depression, PTSD, sleep problems, and stress, follow these links:
The Virtual PTSD Experience is an interactive site in which the service member creates an avatar, learns about PTSD through various simulations, learns skills to cope with PTSD through the avatar, and interacts with providers available by telephone, or other anonymous service member who are using the site through his/her avatar. https://www.t2health.org/vwproj/index.html
Over the last eight years UCSF has been producing programs to educate mental health professionals who treat the American servicepersons returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Click here to choose from over 50 different videos you can view online.
The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) is the most comprehensive federal treatment centers for traumatic brain injury (TBI) for both active duty and veteran service members.
DVBIC has also launched A Head for the Future – resources to help the military community prevent, recognize and recover from traumatic brain injury (TBI). Learn about TBI, and watch the videos of service members and veterans who recognized TBI symptoms and got help. https://dvbic.dcoe.mil/aheadforthefuture
This page has been created by the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) in coordination with other federal entities to provide training and CEUs on military trauma and mental health topics: http://www.dcoe.health.mil/Training.aspx
There are also numerous resources from DCoE that educate healthcare providers about TBI and associated conditions.
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