American Psychological Association Clinician’s Corner: Serving Military Veterans: Understanding Their Experiences and Clinical Implications
With more than 2.3 million Americans now having deployed to the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, the prevalence of psychological problems in the veteran population is an increasingly significant public health problem. Mental health clinicians need to understand the unique experiences and needs of this population, whether they are treating the veterans themselves or working with their partners and families. This workshop provides a wealth of information about this population that will be useful in guiding clinical work regardless of professional focus or theoretical orientation.
Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy: From the War Zone to the Home Front: Supporting the Mental Health of Veterans and Families
Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy’s free, online training series helps health care professionals in the community recognize and address the challenges faced by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. The series is presented as a community service by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program and the National Center for PTSD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. All sessions offer continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and licensed mental health counselors.
This ongoing series hosted by CDP subject matter experts and guest speakers covers a variety of deployment and military psychology-related topics. Most events include one free continuing education unit (CE) for participants of the live versions. For those unable to attend live, recordings are available afterwards, though CEs are not available for the recorded versions.
CDP partnered with Joining Forces to present a series of hour-long webinars on November 10-14, 2014. These five webinars focused on helping service members, veterans and their families and featured numerous guest presenters from a variety of great organizations. Topics include military culture, taking a military health history, military and veteran transitions, parents of service members and telehealth.
Webinars that address the science of suicide prevention are designed for practitioners, researchers, and others working in the field. Each invitational webinar is 90 minutes in length and moderated by an SPRC staff member. An archive of past webinars can be accessed and supplementary materials are available for each session to include a description of the webinar, speaker biographies, copies of presentation slides and handouts, and an audio recording of the event.
Training for Military Health System Providers
In addition to Joint Knowledge Online (JKO), the enterprise learning management system for the Military Health System (MHS), information about clinical training options for MHS providers can be found at the sites below. Many of the organizations below offer continuing education for providers free of charge.
A list maintained by DHA of training providers and specific courses for clinicians and health care providers.
T2 Education and Training
The National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2)'s Education and Training Program highlights the use of mobile health tools, such as apps and the use of technology to augment the care providers offer their patients. Using evidence-based behavioral health research, T2 provides education, training and resources to health care providers, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and nurses across the MHS.
Site includes an online public course outlining the basics of TRICARE health plans
The Center for Deployment Psychology trains military and civilian behavioral health professionals to provide high-quality, deployment-related behavioral health services to military personnel and their families. Training includes in-person and online trainings in empirically supported treatments as well as military culture.
The National Center for PTSD has training materials as well as information and tools to help clinicians with assessment and treatment of PTSD.