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Fearon Institute: Serving Veterans Mental Health
Mon, April 3, 2017, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT
The Fearon Institute is presented annually by ReDiscover to add to the continuing education of mental health professionals. This year's workshop - Serving Veterans Mental Health - will be presented by Regina Shillinglaw, Ph.D., Deployment Behavioral Health Psychologist. Learn more about the presenter.
The workshop consists of two modules:
1. Military Culture: Enhancing Clinical Competence
This training module is for civilian mental health providers who want to develop a better understanding about how the military works and who comprises the armed forces. It provides an overview of military culture to include basics about its history, organizational structure, core values, branches of the service, mission and operations, as well as the differences between the active and reserve components. Participants acquire greater competency in working with service members by learning military culture and terminology, and by discussing how aspects of the military culture impact behaviors and perspectives.
2. Assessment and Treatment of Suicidal Behavior Associated With Military Service: An Overview
This training module first outlines the rates of suicide in the civilian and military population. Next, risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors related to suicide are covered with an explanation of the difference between warning signs and risk factors. Comorbid mental health conditions associated with suicidal behavior among military members are identified. Next, theoretical under-pinnings of suicidal behavior are addressed with an emphasis on two specific theories. Some of the VA/DoD Clinical Guidelines for addressing suicidal behavior are identified with an emphasis on recommended therapy approaches. Finally, a Cognitive Therapy protocol for suicidal patients is outlined, and this includes recommendations regarding components of assessment.
CEU's are available. Light breakfast and lunch provided.