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With increasing frequency, military personnel and veterans are experiencing mental health problems upon return from deployment. The course addresses issues that affect the psychiatric treatment of this population and provides detailed guidance on the most effective interventions for various mental health conditions. A multicultural approach is used to examine the military culture, often described as a “warrior culture,” and a case example for sensitizing mental health services to military cultural norms is provided.
The course describes postdeployment transition, reintegration, and readjustment and identifies common mistakes that clinicians make in treating this population. The military family is discussed, including marital satisfaction and the effects of military life on the spouse. Incidence of and treatments for comorbid conditions are described. Assessment and treatment methods for PTSD, depression, suicide risk, substance use disorders, and traumatic brain injury are all described. The various treatment methods are explained in great detail, and include case vignettes to illustrate client and therapist interactions. Prolonged exposure therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and psychotropic medications are used to treat combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Treatments for depression include cognitive therapy, interpersonal therapy, and antidepressant medication. Brief cognitive behavior therapy is used to address suicide risk. Participants will learn about the diagnosis and treatment of alcohol abuse. This intermediate-level course is for mental health professionals, including social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and advanced practice and psychiatric nurses, However, any professional who interacts with military personnel and veterans may find the information presented in the course helpful.
- Describe differences between military and mental health cultural norms and their impact on how combat veterans access mental health services.
- Explain the challenges that combat veterans and their families face when transitioning reintegrating and readjusting from deployment.
- Describe the prevalence diagnostic criteria and treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression among combat veterans.
- Describe effective treatments for suicidal behaviors substance use and traumatic brain injury among veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist in cognitive behavioral psychology and is currently the associate director of the National Center for Veterans Studies at The University of Utah. Dr. Bryan received his PsyD in clinical psychology in 2006 from Baylor University and completed his clinical psychology residency at the Wilford Hall Medical Center Lackland Air Force Base TX. He was on the faculty of the department of psychology at Wilford Hall Medical Center where he was chief of the primary care psychology service and manager of the suicide prevention program for Lackland Air Force Base. Dr. Bryan deployed to Balad Iraq in 2009 where he served as the director of the traumatic brain injury clinic at the Air Force Theater Hospital. Upon completion of his contractual requirements Dr. Bryan voluntarily separated from active duty service shortly after his deployment. He currently researches suicidal behaviors suicide prevention strategies psychological health and resiliency. Considered a leading national expert on military suicide Dr. Bryan is a consultant to the Department of Defense for psychological health promotion initiatives and suicide prevention and has briefed Congressional leaders on these topics. He has authored dozens of scientific publications and book chapters on suicide risk and prevention among military personnel. Dr. Bryan was recognized by the Society for Military Psychology with the Arthur W. Melton Award for Early Career Achievement.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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