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Center for Deployment Psychology

This event is now over. Many thanks to all who attended, and thanks to Dr. Holly O'Reilly of the Center for Deployment Psychology for this highly informative event. Please check here for announcements about future CDP-IDMH events. The CDP website,, offers many resources for mental health professionals working with service people and their families.


Center for Deployment Psychology Training:
Military Culture, Military Sexual Assault, and Sleep Issues

The Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz is pleased to offer an intensive one-day training for mental health counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other professionals who are interested in learning to address the needs of service people and their families. The training, which will include sessions about military culture, military sexual assault, and the use of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, will be held at SUNY New Paltz from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

This training will be provided by the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, CDP trains military and civilian mental health providers to deliver high quality behavioral health services. Holly O'Reilly, Ph.D. will be presenting; please see below for her biography.

The $48 registration fee includes lunch, parking, and materials. Continuing Education credits will be available for an additional $19.99; see below for details.

Training Components

(detailed descriptions and learning objectives are below)

Military Culture: An overview of the United States Military, including its demographics and culture, as well as the deployment experience, post-deployment reintegration, suicide risk, and resilience. (One and one-half hours)

Military Sexual Assault: Common myths regarding sexual trauma, the environment surrounding sexual trauma, risk factors for PTSD, clinical presentation and symptomatology, assessment, interventions, legal updates, and resources for clinicians helping sexual trauma survivors. (Two hours)

Overview of Insomnia and Deployment-Related Sleep Disturbances: Insomnia basics, the nature of insomnia, etiology and behavioral models, assessment of sleep, and a brief overview of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia. (Three hours)


Detailed Training Descriptions

Military Culture: This workshop provides an overview of military culture. This training module is for civilian mental health providers who want to develop a better understanding of how the military works and who comprises the armed forces. It provides an overview of military culture including 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 discussing how aspects of the military culture impact behaviors and perspectives.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe military terminology and operations in order to facilitate effectively treating military personnel.
  2. Examine military culture and values and how they may impact the help-seeking behavior of military personnel.
  3. Identify several stressors faced by service members before deploying, during deployment, and after deployment.
  4. Examine adaptive skills used by service members while in a combat zone that may become maladaptive when they are applied at home after serving in a combat zone.

Military Sexual Assault: Military sexual assault (MSA) has garnered significant attention recently. This presentation reviews the prevalence of sexual harassment and unwanted sexual contact in the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. This workshop delineates some of the unique factors which contribute to the impact of sexual harassment and sexual assault on service members. These factors are organized into individual factors, the nature of the trauma itself and the environment in which the trauma occurs. Clinical issues unique to OIF/OEF veterans as well as male sexual assault and harassment survivors are reviewed. This presentation will review clinical presentation of MSA survivors who report repeated traumatization. Information regarding clinical disorders will focus on PTSD, major depressive disorder, and death by suicide. Best practice for treatment of PTSD and major depressive disorder and assessment of suicide risk will be briefly summarized.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify military sexual assault (MSA) in clinical settings.
  2. Enumerate clinical disorders which are most likely to impact functioning following MSA.
  3. List three clinical symptoms that are frequently displayed by MSA survivors.
  4. List three clinical issues specific to male survivors of MSA.

Overview of Insomnia and Deployment-Related Sleep Disturbances: Sleep disturbances are common among service members and veterans. The first part of this training session will describe sleep and insomnia basics, the nature of insomnia, the etiology of insomnia and the behavioral model, issues related to war and sleep, and the assessment of sleep. The remainder of the workshop will discuss the use of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) including the approach's components, an overview of treatment strategies, improving sleep hygiene, and key cognitive and behavioral strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the prevalence and kinds of sleep problems experienced by military personnel during and after deployment.
  2. Identify insomnia and the symptoms associated with such sleep disturbance.
  3. Examine different components of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).
  4. Gain familiarity with skills used in Stimulus Control and Sleep Restriction to treat insomnia as part of CBT-I.


About the Instructor

Holly O'Reilly, Ph.D., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Trainer

Holly O'Reilly is a cognitive behavioral therapy trainer at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. O'Reilly earned her B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northern Illinois University. While completing her dissertation on posttraumatic stress disorder, she served as a project manager at the National Center for PTSD, Women's Health Sciences Division. Dr. O'Reilly completed her trauma track residency at the Charleston Consortium and completed rotations at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center. She also was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Traumatic Stress.

Prior to joining the CDP, she served as the lead psychologist for a residential PTSD program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Additionally, she worked in private practice and at the mental health clinic at Wright Patterson Air Force Base as a staff psychologist. While at Wright Patterson, she worked with service members and their families and also provided clinical training and supervision to military residents in psychology, social work and psychiatry.

Dr. O'Reilly has served as a researcher or research clinician on several PTSD treatment studies and specializes in cognitive-behavioral treatments for trauma survivors. Her professional interests focus on the full spectrum of trauma recovery including: assessment and treatment of PTSD and sleep disturbance following trauma exposure, treatment of borderline personality disorder, gender studies and the consequences of repeated trauma exposure.


Continuing Education Credits

Duration of Instructional Content: 390 minutes

CMI Education Institute, Inc, is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. ACEP#: 5637. This course qualifies for 6.5 contact hours.

CMI Education Institute, Provider #1062, is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards, 400 South Ridge Parkway, Suite B, Culpeper, VA 22701. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2011-January 27, 2014. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive 6.5 clinical continuing education clock hours in participating in this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

CMI Education Institute, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CMI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CMI is offering this activity for 6.5 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

This activity consists of 390 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

CMI Education Institute is an approved provider of continuing education by the National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), provider #: 00131. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. This course qualifies for 7.5 contact hours.

This activity meets the criteria for a formally approved American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Activity CMI Education Institute, Inc, is an approved provider by the American Psychological Association, which is recognized by the ANCC for behavioral health related activities. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. This activity qualifies for 6.5 contact hours.

This seminar qualifies for 6.5 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

**Accreditation for this activity is being provided by CMI Education Institute, Inc. Have an inquiry on continuing education credit that is not listed here? Please contact Dawn Messing at CMI Education Institute for more information on this training. You can reach her via email at