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Defense and Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Center

By Military, Veterans & Families, Professional Development, TBINo Comments

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.

Service Members and Veterans 

Families and Caregivers 

Clinical Tools and Training

American Psychological Association

By Military, Veterans & Families, Professional Development, PTSDNo Comments

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.”

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.

Center for Deployment Psychology

By Military, Veterans & Families, Other Mental Health Topics, Professional Development, PTSD, Suicide, TBI

PTSD

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

TBI

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.

View online workshop and other resources.

Suicide Prevention

Online course on Identification, Prevention, and Treatment of Suicidal Behavior for Service Members and Veterans.

Military Culture

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.

http://www.deploymentpsych.org/military-culture

Family and Children

The Center for Deployment Psychology offers the following two on-line courses:

The Impact of Deployment and Combat Stress on Families and Children, Part 1

The Impact of Deployment and Combat Stress on Families and Children, Part 2

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

Department of Veteran Affairs

By Military, Veterans & Families, Professional Development, PTSD, Sexual Trauma, Suicide, TraumaNo Comments

The Department of Veteran Affairs has produced a toolkit for community mental health providers and an employment toolkit for employers and managers.

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.

PTSD 101 has a one hour module on Understanding Military Culture. And a new course on Military Cultural Awareness.

Many providers do not screen new clients for having a military background. Learn how to do this here.

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CLINICAL PROFESSIONALS

VA offers a number of toolkits, training, and other resources for many types of clinical professionals.

National Center for PTSD

By Professional Development, PTSD, TBINo Comments

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.

Concussion Coach is designed for people who have symptoms after a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury. This self-help app may be more helpful when used along with professional treatment.

National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2)

By Other Mental Health Topics, Professional Development, PTSD, SuicideNo Comments

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.htmlcontent-divider-blank.png

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)

By Military, Veterans & Families, Other Behavioral Health, Professional Development, TBINo Comments

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.

http://www.dvbic.org/

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

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