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  • DCoE Director on Resilience: The Power of Healing, Forgiveness
    Navy Captain Richard F. Stoltz

    Navy Capt. Richard F. Stoltz, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) director, spoke to health care professionals about the role of resilience in handling life’s curve balls--particularly for service members, veterans and their families who have faced extraordinarily difficult situations--at the 2014 conference of the Society for Federal Health Professionals (AMSUS).

    During his presentation, Stoltz highlighted several things to consider when developing healthy resilience strategies. He concluded with his thoughts about the power of healing and forgiveness.

  • DCoE Blog Best of 2014: Posts Worth Re-reading

    It was “Rapid” Robert Feller, National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and the first Major League Baseball player to enlist in World War II, who said, "Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again.”

    Throughout the year, we worked to apply that philosophy to our blog posts. Whether we highlighted new coping tools to help you or your loved one recover from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), different techniques to help surmount posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or more effective treatments, therapies and practices, the DCoE Blog team strived to feature important information for you and your family.

  • DCoE Director on Resilience: Considering Truth, Trust, Trauma
    Navy Captain Richard F. Stoltz

    Navy Capt. Richard F. Stoltz, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) director, spoke to health care professionals about the role of resilience in handling life’s curve balls--particularly for service members, veterans and their families who have faced extraordinarily difficult situations--at the 2014 conference of the Society for Federal Health Professionals (AMSUS).

    Stoltz shared that when people accept personal truths, trust others, and prepare for the possibility of trauma they are more likely to stay resilient.

  • Bah Humbug: Do You Need a Break from the Holidays?
    President delivers toys to JBAB, helps sort Toys for Tots donations

    If you find yourself occasionally disliking the fuss and furor around winter holidays, you’re not alone. Sunday marks Bah Humbug Day, a day when it’s officially OK to vent your frustrations.

    Even if you love the holiday season, sometimes it’s good to step back for a bit, experts say. It’s important to have time and space that isn’t already programmed, according to Jeffrey Rhodes, spiritual fitness program manager at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health (DCoE).

  • DCoE Director on Resilience: Importance of Personal Vision, Mission, Values
    Navy Captain Richard F. Stoltz

    Navy Capt. Richard F. Stoltz, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) director, spoke to health care professionals about the role of resilience in handling life’s curve balls--particularly for service members, veterans and their families who have faced extraordinarily difficult situations--at the 2014 conference of the Society for Federal Health Professionals (AMSUS) last week.

    Stoltz used a powerful story-telling technique as he walked the audience through examples from his 30+ years of psychological health experience detailing how extreme psychological tragedy or trauma can severely affect an individual’s physical health. Stoltz used extreme examples to make his points, he said, “Because we learn from extremes. It’s easier to see the point with extreme cases.”

  • Connectivity Accelerates for Military Medicine
    Learn more about the use of telemedicine in military health
    U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Gun Woo Song

    It’s been a long road to the Internet age for military medicine, but the pace of change is accelerating, Defense Department officials said last week at the AMSUS Society of Federal Health Professionals meeting in Washington, D.C.

    “We are applying technology to the development of a 21st century health care system,” said Dr. David Smith, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Force Health Protection and Readiness.

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