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DCoE Talks Military Psychology With Mental Health Professionals

By Diana Moon, DCoE Public Affairs on July 12, 2013

Soldier in counseling
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ashley M. Outler

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) participated in the District of Columbia Psychological Association’s summer workshops June 28. These workshops informed and educated psychological health practitioners, researchers, professors, consultants and policymakers who wish to work with the military population more effectively with respect to their unique needs and experiences.

Dr. Mark Bates, Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) associate director for population health, and Air Force Col. Rick Campise, deputy director for National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) in the national capital region, presented during the “Military Psychology Today” afternoon workshop. They provided an overview of both traditional and technology-based resources for patients and providers, highlighting DCoE and T2 resources. Additionally, Campise discussed unique features of military culture and how that informs behavioral health care.

“The day was packed with resources available through military psychological health programs for providers and the service members, veterans and family members they support,” said Bates. “The diverse clinical audience of providers with varied backgrounds and experience levels were clearly engaged, taking full advantage of time for questions and discussions.”

Bates and Campise were joined on the “Military Psychology Today” panel by subject matter experts Navy Cmdr. Roderick Bacho, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) adult outpatient behavioral health clinic psychologist; Army Lt. Col. John David Andrew Yeaw, WRNMMC psychology programs national training director; Army Col. Stephen Bowles, National Defense University behavioral science associate professor; and Dr. David Riggs, Center for Deployment Technology executive director. The group discussed the primary mission of behavioral science officers, deployment cycle stresses, evidence-based clinical practices, resilience training, and vital resources for behavioral health care providers.

Campise focused on the variety of roles uniformed behavioral health care providers play throughout their careers.

“Like civilian therapists, military psychologists help enhance a person’s quality of life … we provide consultations to military leaders on how to take better care of their service members as well as on the prevention of suicide, substance abuse and violence,” said Campise. ”Military psychologists take pride knowing their lives have purpose and meaning and we provide significant assistance to military and family members whose service to our country carries a price,” he said.

Bates summed up the significance of the opportunity to participate in these workshops.

"Increased knowledge about the military helps providers better connect with and support the military people with whom they work,” said Bates.

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