• Social Work
  • Psychology
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP
Peer Reviewer(s): James Daley, PhD
Item#: B4172
Contents: 1 Course Book (68 pages)

Postcombat-Related Disorders: Counseling Veterans and Military Personnel

Price $34.95
Item # B4172
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Expiration Date: December 31, 2018

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.

  • Social workers participating in this course will receive 4 (clinical content) social work CE clock hours. Accreditations.
  • Psychologists will receive 4 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

Course Objectives

  • 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.

James Daley, PhD, is an associate professor at Indiana University School of Social Work and a member of the editorial board of the Advances in Social Work journal. He received his BS degree in psychology from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, his MSW degree from the University of South Carolina, and his PhD in social work from Florida State University. With more than 24 years of clinical experience and 18 years as a military social work officer in the Air Force, Dr. Daley teaches family and group practice classes and is the chair of the Family concentration. His research focus is on international military social work and families navigating chronic illness. He has written and presented extensively on issues facing military families. Dr. Daley has completed a families and illness fellowship at the Chicago Center for Family Health and advanced training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.