The Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) recently worked with the San Antonio Police Department on a training program that holds promise and value for returning veterans and behavioral health situations. Two CDP behavioral health psychiatrists, one at Wilford Hall Medical Center and another at Brooke Army Medical Center, worked together at the request of the San Antonio Police Department to put together a two-day, ten-hour training program.
Team DCoE recently completed an important session in San Antonio, co-hosting with the VA a suicide prevention conference. A first-time joint effort, it enhanced awareness of some of the best practices and methods for suicide prevention. The conference ran Jan 12-15 covering clinical intervention, practical applications and tools, and research and academics.
I recently attended both a training session and a conference that were really interesting and instructive in terms of what I could bring back to DCoE and consider for incorporating and sharing as best practices in the area of interpersonal violence.
The training that I attended was held by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), which works at the state and national levels to prevent sexual violence and provides services to victims/survivors of sexual violence and their significant others. The training was given to two-person teams from an area– one person was a community-based sexual assault service provider and the other was a military sexual assault service provider. PCAR believes this military-community team model will be most effective when providing training to community-based providers in their area. The training included information on military policies and military culture that may impact the decisions that military sexual assault survivors make. By understanding culture and policy, service providers can give accurate information to survivors so that they can make decisions that are most helpful to them.
As PCAR collaborated with the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), the information was accurate and informative for those receiving the training. The curriculum was well organized and the instructors were excellent. The participants seemed to enjoy the interactive nature of the training, which included preparing and giving a presentation on a segment of the curriculum. This hands-on approach allowed participants to practice their skills and increase confidence in their instruction abilities before providing the training in their home communities.
As the new year begins, the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) is gearing up for its one week training courses, which are designed specifically for civilian mental health providers who are going to be working with service members and their families. CDP offers a number of different kinds of training courses for both active duty health professionals and for civilians, but the civilian provider training is becoming increasingly important.
One question that frequently comes up from both warriors and their loved ones – how can I build resilience and reduce risk? Check out this simple tool. I call it the Toolkit for Resilience – or T4R.
Seven short questions – here goes:
- Got stress?
- Got pain?
- Got fuel?
- Got sleep?
- Got friends?
- Got heart?
- Got soul?
Chow, sleep, friends, heart and soul build resilience – the habits and actions that allow us to adapt successfully and grow stronger in the face of adversity.
We recently held an Open House to mark the first year anniversary of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE). During these past 12 months, DCoE has grown from an idea into a burgeoning organization devoted to fulfilling America’s commitment to all who support and defend our nation’s freedom.