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Assessing Military Clients for Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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PTSD |  Trauma
Kevin Holloway |  Paula Domenici, Ph.D.
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4 Hours 15 Minutes
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This workshop will review a method for screening, assessment, and treatment outcome monitoring of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) centered on the use of the PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL5). Participants will be introduced to VA/DOD best practices for diagnosing military-related PTSD including screening for trauma-related disorders, obtaining thorough military and trauma histories, conducting a semi-structured diagnostic interview, and using self-report measures to track treatment outcome. DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for PTSD as well as Other Unspecified Specified Trauma and/or Stressor Related Disorders are reviewed. Tools for assessing PTSD and common comorbid conditions are discussed including appropriate use of the PCL 5, Life Events Checklist 5 (LEC 5), Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), and Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-Consumption Questions (AUDIT-C). Semi-structured clinical interviewing techniques are reviewed and then practiced by participants for the intended purposes of screening, diagnostic assessment, and tracking treatment outcome. Unique variables that can impact the assessment and feedback process with a military population are identified. Role-plays and demonstrations will be used to help develop participants’ PTSD assessment skills.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Apply the VA/DOD Guidelines for the Assessment of Trauma and PTSD.
  2. Discriminate between symptoms of PTSD and other disorders based on the DSM-5.
  3. Integrate appropriate measures into the screening, diagnostic assessment, and tracking of treatment outcomes in PTSD patients

CE Information:


American Psychological Association Sponsor Approval:

The Center for Deployment Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Deployment Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Association of Social Work Boards Approved Continuing Education Provider Approval:

The Center for Deployment Psychology, #1761, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.  Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers.  State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.  The Center for Deployment Psychology maintains responsibility for this course.  ACE provider approval period: May 19, 2022 – May 19, 2025.  Social workers completing this course receive 4 Live, Interactive Webinar continuing education credits.

New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology Provider Approval:

The Center for Deployment Psychology is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists (#PSY-0178).





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Center for Deployment Psychology

Kevin M. Holloway, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist working as the Director of Online Programs at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. In this capacity, he leads a team of mental health subject matter experts and technology experts to develop and disseminate technology solutions to improve access to and quality of professional training. Additionally, he develops and presents workshops across the country to military and civilian audiences on topics in deployment behavioral health and evidence-based therapies for PTSD.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kevin Holloway has an employment relationship with Center for Deployment Psychology.

Nonfinancial: Kevin Holloway has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.

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Paula Domenici, Ph.D., is a licensed counseling psychologist working as the director of Civilian Training Programs at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.  She oversees all civilian courses and training programs, and develops and presents workshops on deployment-related topics for military and civilian clinicians across the country.

Dr. Domenici specializes in war-related trauma and the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  She also worked at the National Naval Medical Center, treating Navy personnel and Marines returning from Iraq and Afghanistan in the outpatient behavioral health clinic and inpatient casualty care unit.

Earlier in her career, she was an American Psychological Association Congressional Fellow at the Office of Senator Hillary Clinton, as well as a staff psychologist at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center. She is a co-author of two books, Courage after Fire: Coping Strategies for Troops Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families; and Courage after Fire for Parents of Service Members: Strategies for Coping When Your Son or Daughter Returns from Deployment.