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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.

  • 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.”

  • Honoring our Veterans
    Navy Captain Richard F. Stoltz

    Last week our nation’s citizens had the opportunity to freely exercise their right to vote when so many others across the globe do not share the same freedom. Now we look ahead to honoring America's veterans for protecting that right to vote, their patriotism, and love of country. Their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good ensures our nation remains independent and free. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Director of an organization that works to provide for the psychological health and traumatic brain injury needs of our service members.

    We think not only of the veterans of recent conflicts, but also those from prior years, from World War II to Korea to Vietnam and beyond. Young or old, they all deserve our respect and support.

    Since 9/11, our nation has experienced a long period of conflict involving multiple deployments for many in our all-volunteer force.
  • Australians Present e-Mental Health Challenges, Solutions
    OnTrack by eMHPrac
    Photo by eMHPrac

    With a population of just eight people per square mile, providing health care to remote regions has long been a challenge for Australia, a researcher from Australia’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation told attendees last week at a brown-bag lunch hosted by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology.

    After its mailing of a manual in 1980 resulted in a decline in alcohol abuse, the University of Queensland realized that remote health programs could be effective, said the researcher, David Kavanagh. Queensland’s program, On Track, is now available online with additional offerings that include depression, diabetes and disaster challenges. Kavanagh is also a psychology professor at the university, where he has developed and tested methods of remote mental health service delivery for the last 20 years.

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