On March 27, 2011, the Los Angeles Times published an article, entitled “Virtual Veteran to Help Grad Students Learn,” about the Virtual Patient being developed by CIR and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, and its role in the School of Social Work’s military social work academic program.
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CIR is pleased to announce the launch of our military behavioral health continuing education course series. The courses are currently being offered free of charge. These courses are intended for behavioral health professionals who are currently practicing.
Here are the upcoming courses:
CLINICAL PRACTICE WITH SERVICEMEMBERS AND VETERANS – March 25-26
This individual-level practice course considers the needs of active duty and reserve component servicemembers and veterans at different developmental phases of the military life course. The ways that these clients may cope with a range of physical health, mental health, and psychosocial issues are examined, with special attention given to stress reactions, including Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and co-occurring disorders such as depression, substance abuse, and intimate partner violence. Course content draws from recent research findings supporting key evidence-based treatment modalities (including Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Problem Solving Treatment, Stress Inoculation Training, and other cognitive behavioral therapies). Policy regarding treatment confidentiality issues will also be discussed. (15 CEU hours)
FAMILIES IMPACTED BY MILITARY SERVICE: UNDERSTANDING AND INTERVENING – April 29-30
This course focuses on practice within military family systems, with attention to diverse military family structures, family life cycle implications, common stressors, and relevant contextual issues. Topics include family resilience, military family violence, grief and loss, deployment, child and adolescent adaptation, caregiving, and associated policy issues. Theoretical and practical approaches to effective clinical practice with military families are provided through discussion of specific strategies for assessment (including Wertsch’s model, and Walsh’s resilience model) and evidence-based intervention (including Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies). Course content is based on current conceptual and empirical literature. (15 CEU hours)
HEALTH CHALLENGES FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS – May 20-21
As a result of advances in medicine and technology, servicemembers are surviving traumatic injuries at unprecedented rates, yet polytrauma injuries have increased dramatically. Additionally, chronic diseases are becoming increasingly problematic for servicemember and veteran populations. This course examines the challenges that wounded warriors face regarding health, illness, and disability issues as well as the impact that these issues and experiences have on their caregivers, families, workplaces, and communities. Topics include traumatic injuries (including TBI, traumatic amputation, and PTSD), stress and coping, health promotion and disease management, caregiver burden, and policy issues regarding wounded warriors. Assessment and intervention techniques are also discussed in the context of best practices and empirically-supported treatment.(15 CEU hours)
All Spring 2011 courses will be held at the USC School of Social Work University Park Campus or City Center. These courses will become available as online courses later this year.
We anticipate CEU approval for LCSWs and LMFTs and are pursuing CEU approval for other disciplines. Space is limited.
If you are interested in attending any of these courses, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Policy Brief: Ensuring Behavioral Healthcare Capacity and Quality For Servicemembers, Veterans and Military
Ensuring Behavioral Healthcare Capacity and Quality For Servicemembers, Veterans and Military
Jan A. Nissly, PhD.
Kelly L. Turner, PhD.
In this policy brief, the authors discuss the development of a high-capacity behavioral health workforce to care for our nation’s servicemembers, veterans, and military families. Topics include the impact of war on behavioral health, the strain on traditional service systems, and current responses to increasing capacity. Recommendations for ways to maximize progress in behavioral healthcare capacity and quality are also offered.
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The Courts and Military Families: Urgent Action Needed
Kathleen M. West, PhD.
In this policy brief, the author discusses the ways in which Family and Drug Courts have been impacted by the recent influx of children from families with members in military service.
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Prof. Solomon will present findings of 2 longitudinal studies (20 years following the 1982 Lebanon War and 35 years after the 1973 Yom Kippur War) of traumatized veterans, former prisoners of war and their spouses.
Date: Tuesday, March 8
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Location: MRF 1st Floor – Hamovitch Research Center
Zahava Solomon is a Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Social Work at the Tel-Aviv University and the former Head of the Adler Research Center for Child Welfare and Protection. She joined the I.D.F (Israeli Defense Force) in 1981 and served as head of the Research Branch in the Medical Corps between the years 1981-1992. Her military rank is Lt. Colonel.
Her research focuses on traumatic stress and especially on the psychological sequel of combat stress reactions, war captivity and the Holocaust. Prof. Solomon published numerous articles and six books on psychic trauma related issue. Prof. Solomon was a member of the Editorial board of the Journal of Traumatic Stress and is currently with the editorial board of The Journal of Personal and Interpersonal Loss. Prof. Solomon was a member of the DSM-4 Advisory subcommittee for PTSD, and earned numerous national and international awards and research grants including the Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in the field of PTSD by the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. In 2009, Prof. Solomon was awarded the Prize of Israel for research in social work.