The Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) has five interactive online courses designed for clinicians caring for military service members, veterans and family members. The goal of these courses is to provide psychological health (PH) professionals with knowledge of military culture to improve communication, understanding and overall interaction with warriors and their families.
CDP developed the following courses in collaboration with Essential Learning. Each course includes background information and a series of interactive links, which allow you to control the pace of learning. These courses are available free of charge through CDP . Continuing education credits are also available for a fee through Essential Learning.
Military Cultural Competence  introduces you to the military world. Topics cover military structure, ranks and insignia, common stressors, demographic characteristics and deployment-related terminology.
At the end of the course, you will be able to:
Working with Service Members and Veterans with PTSD  delves into the psychiatric syndrome that can develop following exposure to trauma. The course begins with an introduction that covers the Civil War and follows up to present day. It is broken into five sections that include lessons on Prevalence of Trauma and Development of PTSD, Trauma Exposure and Emotional Reactions During OIF/OEF Deployments, Assessing PTSD and Common Co-morbidities and Treatment of PTSD.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
Prolonged Exposure Therapy for the Treatment of PTSD  reviews one of the most effective treatments for individuals who have PTSD, “Prolonged Exposure Therapy” (PE). This workshop is an introduction to PE and provides a brief overview of techniques and procedures. This course is not intended to replace the in-depth training needed to employ this treatment. More information on how to obtain thorough training, in person or through self-study, is available at the end of the course.
After completing this course you will be able to:
Discuss the theoretical underpinnings for Prolonged Exposure Therapy.
Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD in Veterans and Military Personnel  is a course designed to introduce students to this evidence-based, short-term treatment for PTSD. The Cognitive Processing Therapy protocol may be used for both individuals and groups. Currently, this course is not intended to replace the in-depth training needed to employ this treatment. More information on how to obtain thorough training, in person or through self-study, is available at the end of the course.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
The Impact of Stress and Trauma Related to Military Deployment  is an audio presentation of the CDP’s pre-conference workshop of the American Psychological Association. This intermediate workshop is for clinicians interested in learning about the needs of military personnel and their families during and after military deployments. CDP faculty will discuss recent findings on the impact of deployment and combat exposure on service members, the stress of deployment on families and the complex individual and family problems associated with post deployment difficulties including PTSD.
A one-week course, “Addressing the Psychological Health Needs of Service Members and their Families ” is offered across the United States and is geared toward training civilian providers who are new to working with the military or who are interested in working with service members and their families. A schedule of upcoming trainings and registration  is available on CDP's homepage under "Upcoming Training Events.
This intensive course, which is comprised of four modules, will train civilian mental health providers to better address the behavioral health needs of military personnel and their family members throughout the deployment cycle.
In addition to online courses, CDP runs free intensive two-week courses  four to six times per year. These courses cover topics military mental health professionals actively providing care find important and helpful. Attendees include active duty, reserve and civilian behavioral health professionals and other professionals in training.
Topics covered in the intensive course are:
For information on training schedules, locations and registration, visit the CDP training page .
Whether you are a seasoned military psychological health professional looking for refresher courses or new to the military psychological health care community, these courses are a good starting place to learn about military culture and how it affects service members seeking treatment for psychological health issues.