Psychology: Postcombat-Related Disorders: Counseling Veterans and Military Personnel, 2nd Edition

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About Course

Release Date: October 8,2018
Expiration Date: October 8, 2023

With increasing frequency, military personnel and veterans experience mental health problems upon return from deployment. This intermediate-level course sensitizes mental health providers to military cultural norms. The course describes postdeployment transition, reintegration, and adjustment, and identifies common mistakes that clinicians make in treating this population. Military families are discussed, including marital satisfaction and the effects of military life on the spouse and children. Assessment and treatment methods for PTSD, depression, suicide risk, substance use disorders, and traumatic brain injury are all described. The various treatment methods are explained in detail, and include case vignettes to illustrate client and therapist interactions.

Social Workers completing this course receive 4 clinical social work continuing education credits 

Psychologists will receive 4 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Course Objectives

  • Describe differences between military and mental health cultural norms and their impact on how combat veterans access mental health services.
  • Explain the challenges that combat veterans and their families face when transitioning, reintegrating, and readjusting from deployment.
  • Describe the prevalence, diagnostic criteria, and treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder and depression among combat veterans.
  • Describe effective treatments for suicidal behaviors, substance use, and traumatic brain injury among veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and depression.

About the Authors

Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist in cognitive behavioral psychology and is currently the executive director of the National Center for Veterans Studies at The University of Utah. Dr. Bryan received his PsyD in clinical psychology in 2006 from Baylor University and completed his clinical psychology residency at the Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

David C. Rozek, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and holds a primary appointment at The University of Utah in the Department of Psychiatry with a secondary appointment as the director of training at the National Center for Veterans Studies. He received his PhD from the University of Notre Dame and completed his residency at the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

James Daley, PhD, is an associate professor at Indiana University School of Social Work and a member of the editorial board of the Advances in Social Work journal. He received his BS degree in psychology from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, his MSW degree from the University of South Carolina, and his PhD in social work from Florida State University.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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