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The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) hosts monthly webinars to provide information and facilitate discussion on a variety of topics related to psychological health and traumatic brain injury. The webinars are open to the public, and many provide continuing education.

Psychological Health Issues Affecting Women Service Members and Veterans

Oct. 23, 2014; 1-2:30 p.m. (EDT)

Women represent more than 15 percent of those serving in today’s U.S. military. Education and awareness of women’s health issues are key factors in maintaining current operational readiness. An increase in the presence and engagement of women in the military has resulted in an equally rapidly growing population of women veterans, projected to reach 15 percent of the total U.S. veteran population by 2035 (National Center for Veteran Analysis and Statistics, 2011). This presentation will describe relevant research findings and clinical guidelines to inform best practices for meeting the unique needs of this population.

Current research findings indicate many women in the deployed environment hesitate to seek medical care when they have a health concern related to their genito-urinary or reproductive health. Issues around pregnancy and breastfeeding lead to occupational health concerns. Although important gender differences exist, similar to their male counterparts, women may develop mental health difficulties such as posttraumatic stress disorder and depression related to combat and/or military sexual assault.

During this webinar, participants will learn to:

  • Review the effects of combat on psychological health
  • Explain the rigors of maintaining proper nutritional and gynecological health in a deployed environment
  • Communicate issues around sexuality and motherhood with service members
  • Describe gender differences in the effects of military service on mental health and well-being
  • Identify the components of gender-sensitive clinical care

Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, MD, MPH
Chief Clinical Officer
Department of Behavioral Health
Washington, D.C

Jennifer Strauss, Ph.D.
Women’s Mental Health Program Manager
Mental Health Services, Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, D.C.

Maj. Demietrice L. Pittman, Ph.D.
U.S. Army, MS
Clinical Psychologist, Deployment Health Clinical Center
Bethesda, Md.

Continuing Education
Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register on or before October 23, 2014, at 3 p.m. (EDT) to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

To qualify for receipt of continuing education credit for applicable webinars, eligible participants must create a profile in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System and register for the event on, or before, the event registration deadline. Complete responses to all pre-registration questions are required to be eligible to receive credit for attending this event. Review guidance on creating a user account and event registration in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System site.

DCoE’s awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and/or their families.

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