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  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
  • Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP
  • David C. Rozek, PhD
  • James Daley, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Joseph M. Holshoe, PMHNP-BC
Item#: C6549
Contents: 1 Course Book (84 pages)

Postcombat-Related Disorders: Counseling Veterans and Military Personnel, 2nd Edition

Price $34.95
Item # C6549
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: October 8, 2018

Expiration Date: October 8, 2021

With increasing frequency, military personnel and veterans experience mental health problems upon return from deployment. This intermediate-level course sensitizes mental health providers to military cultural norms. The course describes postdeployment transition, reintegration, and adjustment, and identifies common mistakes that clinicians make in treating this population. Military families are discussed, including marital satisfaction and the effects of military life on the spouse and children. 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 detail, and include case vignettes to illustrate client and therapist interactions.


4 NBCC hours will be awarded upon completion of this course.

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 posttraumatic stress disorder and depression among combat veterans.
  • Describe effective treatments for suicidal behaviors, substance use, and traumatic brain injury among veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and depression.

Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist in cognitive behavioral psychol­ogy and is currently the executive 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, Texas. 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 more than 100 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.

David C. Rozek, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and holds a primary appointment at The University of Utah in the Department of Psychiatry with a secondary appointment as the director of training at the National Center for Veterans Studies. He received his PhD from the University of Notre Dame and completed his residency at the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Rozek’s research and clini­cal expertise are in cognitive and behavioral therapies for suicide, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder. He regularly provides training to clinicians and medical professionals about managing suicidal patients and is an active researcher focusing on how to best improve clinical care.

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, South Carolina, 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 Program. 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.

Joseph M. Holshoe, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner and a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Services. He currently serves as the deputy chief, Department of Behavioral Health, Bassett Army Community Hospital, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, where he provides psychiatric care to active-duty service members, dependents, and retirees. A recognized speaker on sleep, psychiatry, and military psychiatry, he has spoken to numerous professional audiences around the country and has served as a content expert and item writer for the American Nurses Credentialing Center national certification exam in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. CDR Holshoe has published on sleep issues and authored the chapter on sleep and antidepressants in the Encyclopedia of Sleep. He has also authored chapters on sleep-wake disorders and trauma- and stressor-related disorders for other Western Schools nursing continuing education courses.

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  • 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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