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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 5 Contact Hours
  • Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP
  • David C. Rozek, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Joseph M. Holshoe, PMHNP-BC
Item#: N1791
Contents: 1 Course Book (72 pages)
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Postcombat-Related Disorders: Counseling Veterans and Military Personnel, 2nd Edition

Price $27.95
Item # N1791
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: June 28, 2018

Expiration Date: June 30, 2021

This course provides an overview of military culture and common deployment-related health problems and an introduction to evidence-based treatments for these conditions. The course discusses cultural issues that affect treatment with military and veteran patients and those interventions and treatments shown to contribute to the largest and most enduring outcomes for this population. Case examples are used to illustrate concepts, with a particular emphasis on how to adapt and “translate” mental health interventions to better align with military cultural ideals and concepts to increase their effectiveness with military and veteran patients.


West Virginia  – This course fulfills your requirement for 2-hours related to mental health conditions common to veterans.

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.

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 (ANCC) 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.

  • 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.