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CDP Presents: Getting Started on the Right Foot: Setting the Stage for Effective EBP Sessions

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Jeffrey Mann |  Shantel Fernandez-Lopez, Ph.D. |  Kelly Chrestman, Ph.D.
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90 Min
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Over the years of treating patients and talking to other providers, it has become evident that patients often enter therapy with misconceptions or confusion about what therapy is and what it is not. Patients also frequently have little to no information about the use of Evidence Based Psychotherapies (EBPs) in effective treatment. Supporting these observations is a recent study of consumer expectations of psychotherapy (O'Callaghan et al,. 2023) that reported 1) a commonly held belief that duration of psychotherapy is indefinite and  that very few study participants believed that psychotherapy typically lasts 1-3 months, and ) more than half of participants believed that evidence-based practice was important. The contradictions in the beliefs about the duration of psychotherapy in relation to the desire for evidence based practice highlight the gaps in knowledge that exist in the consumer population.

To explore some of these contradictions and how to address them in clinical practice, this program will consist of a discussion with a panel of experienced mental health providers whose practice has focused on providing EBPs for various conditions and populations. Panelists will share information about the misconceptions and challenges of providing EBPs and discuss strategies that they have used to educate about, and successfully implement, EBPs with their patients.

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of key research findings related to expectations around psychotherapy and potential implications for practice.

  • Apply strategies for providing effective education and setting expectations for EBPs in clinical practice.


American Psychological Association (APA)

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.


Jeffrey Mann's Profile

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Jeffrey Mann, Psy.D., is a Senior Military Internship Behavioral Health Psychologist at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and is located at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Mann is a Veteran of the United States Air Force (USAF) where he served as a psychologist from 2009 to 2013. In 2013, he deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Dr. Mann received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from DePauw University and his master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, with a specialization in primary care psychology. He is a 2010 graduate of the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center Psychology Residency Program.

Dr. Mann’s clinical work has focused on the assessment and treatment of trauma-related mental health conditions, anxiety disorders, insomnia and the use of Telebehavioral Health.

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Shantel Fernandez Lopez, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist serving as a Military Behavioral Health Child Psychologist at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. In this role, she supports a study focused on the identification and enhancement of evidence-based treatment delivery to youth with neurodevelopmental and behavioral health needs via telehealth and tele-education.  Dr. Fernandez Lopez also provides Evidence-Based Psychotherapy training. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her doctoral degree in clinical psychology was earned from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dr. Fernandez Lopez completed her internship at the Medical University of South Carolina Consortium and postdoctoral fellowship at Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC).

Prior to joining CDP, Dr. Fernandez Lopez worked at TAMC for 14 years serving in various positions such as the Director of Clinical Training of the Child Psychology Fellowship Program and the Clinical Director of the Early Behavioral Health Team. She also engaged in direct clinical care in private practice, community clinics, and taught university students. Dr. Fernandez Lopez specializes in conduct problems, sleep, and trauma in children. She is a credentialed trainer in Parent Child Interaction Therapy and a trainer/consultant for PracticeWise. Additionally, Dr. Fernandez Lopez is one of the developers of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Nightmares in Children.

Kelly Chrestman, Ph.D.'s Profile

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Senior Military Behavioral Health Psychologist

Center for Deployment Psychology

Kelly Chrestman, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist working as the lead for online consultation services at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. In this capacity, she is responsible for the development of the CDP’s web based consultation services to DoD and military mental health providers.

Dr. Chrestman received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee and her Master of Arts and Doctor of Psychology degrees from Nova Southeastern University. She completed a clinical psychology internship at the University of Mississippi, Jackson VA Medical Center Consortium and postdoctoral training at the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD,Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to joining the CDP, she was a research scientist at Behavioral Tech Research, Inc. and a clinical psychologist at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania.

As a clinical and research psychologist, much of Dr. Chrestman’s work has focused on trauma, violence and anxiety. She is particularly interested in the dissemination of empirically supported treatments, and using technology to improve the accessibility of treatment and training in community settings. She has trained numerous student and mental health professionals from the United States and other countries in techniques for treating PTSD and other anxiety disorders.

Dr. Chrestman is a co-author of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Adolescents with PTSD: Emotional Processing of Traumatic Experiences (2008) and has authored several articles on community and professional responses to trauma, particularly domestic violence and sexual assault.