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Resources for Psychological Health Care Professionals

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As a psychological health professional working with the military community, having access to reliable resources can help you better support service members, veterans and their families. Use the resources below to increase your knowledge of military culture, find continuing education opportunities and further inform your day-to-day practice.

The Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE) is a Defense Department (DoD) organization that strives to improve the lives of our nation's service members, veterans and their families by advancing excellence in psychological health care and prevention of psychological health disorders. The PHCoE website provides:

  • Clinical practice guidelines and support tools for the treatment of psychological health concerns
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • Tips for professionals treating psychological health concerns

The PHCoE Blog also offers articles for providers to include a Clinician’s Corner blog series. Recent posts include:

The Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) helps psychological health care professionals provide high-quality service to service members, veterans and their families. The CDP website Resources and Tools section offers:

  • Webinars to help support service members and their families
  • Therapy tools for prolonged exposure and insomnia treatment
  • Links to research publications
  • Information on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines

VA Community Provider Toolkit is an online resource featuring key tools to support psychological health services provided to veterans. The toolkit includes information on:

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines is a list of the most current clinical practice guidelines the VA and DoD developed.

The American Psychiatric Association is a professional organization for psychiatrists. It works to ensure the highest quality care and effective treatment for individuals coping with psychiatric concerns. Military-related resources include:

  • A military health webpage that includes information on service member and veteran psychiatric health and support resources
  • A partnership with Give An Hour to help professionals volunteer one hour a week to provide services to service members, veterans and their families

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is a professional organization committed to the prevention, management and treatment of psychological health concerns. The association website Military and PTSD Resources section  offers:

  • General guides for health professionals working with a military population
  • Subject specific resources addressing posttraumatic stress disorder and TBI

The American Psychological Association is a professional organization for psychologists that works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge. The organization offers:

  • Military-specific continuing education courses for psychological health professionals
  • A membership division, Division 19, that encourages research and the application of psychological research to military problems

The National Association of Social Workers is a professional organization for social workers to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, create and maintain professional standards, and advance sound social policies. The association webpage Social Work and Service Members offers:

  • Continuing education training for working with service members, veterans and their families
  • Professional credentials for social workers working with the military population
  • Information on publications that inform work with the military population

Real Warriors Campaign offers many articles for health care professionals, as well as free materials for service members and caregivers, available to order or download. Consider sharing these materials when working with service members and their families or displaying them at your facility. Materials include infographics, posters and mini-brochures that provide tips to help manage common challenges for active-duty service members, veterans, military families and National Guard and reservists.

Whether you are a seasoned military psychological health professional or new to working with the military community, these resources can help you offer comprehensive support to service members, veterans, and their families.

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