Common Mental Health Conditions in Veterans

Common Mental Health Conditions in Veterans 

Between 2002 and 2014, more than half of Veterans who sought services through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) received a provisional mental health diagnosis, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depressive disorders, and anxiety disorders other than PTSD (Prickett, 2015). In 2014, about 20 Veterans died by suicide each day (VA, 2016c). It is these statistics that illustrate the importance of mental health training for all healthcare professionals working with the Veteran population. In this course, you will learn about special considerations for working with Veterans and their families. You will also learn about the mental health conditions common in Veterans including posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, substance use disorder, and complicated grief. In addition, you will learn about the identification of suicide risk in Veterans with mental health and/or substance use disorders as well as practical ways to manage suicidality.


Hours: 2.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (8 Match)

Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners


This program was approved by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners Provider # 4771. Expires 4/30/2016. This activity is approved for 2.50 contact hours.

Board Contact Information:E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone: (512) 719-3521 or (800) 232-3162

California Nursing Home Administrator Program - non-P type


This educational offering is approved by the California Nursing Home Administrator Program (NHAP) for full credit as a course relating directly to duties, functions, or responsibilities of the nursing home administrator. Provider # CEP 1701; Course Approval # 1701003-7199. This activity is approved for 3.00 contact hours.

California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators


Relias Learning is an approved provider of Continuing Education. Provider number: CP40 910 H 0318 for 2.50 CEHs.

Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation


Illinois Alcohol and Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association


Categories Counselor I or II, Preventionist I or II, CARS I or II, CODP I or II, PCGC II, CCJP II, CAAP I, CRSS I or II, CPRS I or II, MAATP I or II, NCRS II, CFPP II, CVSS II
This activity is approved for 2.50 contact hours.

Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors


Oregon Department of Human Services


This course is approved as continuing education by the Oregon Department of Human Services in accordance with state regulation 411-057-0140 for Assisted Living Administrators, Residential Care facility Administrators and Memory Care Communities within the State of Oregon. This activity is approved by Oregon Department of Human Services for 2.50 contact hours.

New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Board of Psychology


Course Details

Course Code: REL-ALL-0-CMHCV
Hours: 2.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Explain at least 2 considerations when working with Veterans and their families.
Describe the diagnostic criteria for at least 2 of the common mental health conditions in Veterans.
Utilize at least 1 screening tool during assessment of common mental health conditions in Veterans.
Explain at least 2 psychotherapeutic interventions used for each of the common mental health conditions in Veterans.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Working with Veterans and Their Families A. Meet John B. Inquiring about Veteran Status and Military History C. Military Culture D. Veteran Demographics E. Mental Health Prevalence F. Barriers to Treatment G. Homelessness H. Resources I. Review J. Summary Section 3: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder A. Diagnostic Criteria for PTSD B. Remember John? C. Types of Traumatic Events D. Epidemiology E. PTSD and Comorbid Disorders F. PTSD and Trauma Assessment G. PTSD Screening Tools H. Structured Diagnostic Interviews I. Treatment Options J. Medication and PTSD K. Review L. Summary Section 4: Depression A. Diagnostic Criteria for MDD B. Epidemiology C. Screening Tools D. Treatment Options E. Medication F. Review G. Summary Section 5: Suicide Risk and Prevention in Veterans A. Epidemiology B. Assessment of Suicidal Ideation C. Assessment Tools D. Risk Factors E. Protective Factors F. Suicide Intervention G. VA’s New Measures to Prevent Suicide H. Meet Sean I. Summary Section 6: Substance Use Disorders A. Diagnosis B. Epidemiology C. Assessment of SUDs D. Treatment Options E. Pharmacotherapies for Alcohol and Opioids F. Review G. Summary Section 7: Grief and Loss A. Grief and Bereavement B. Identifying Grief C. Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder D. Epidemiology E. Differential Diagnosis F. Assessment G. Treatment H. Meet Amy I. Summary Section 8: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations!

Instructor: Bridgett Ross, PsyD
Dr. Ross received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University at the San Diego campus. She completed pre-doctoral internships at Children's Hospital Chadwick Center for Children and Families where she provided psychotherapy to children who had experienced trauma. She also completed a pre-doctoral internship at Kaiser Permanente, which included diverse training in working with adults and children using evidence-based practices. Upon graduation, Dr. Ross worked for 4 years at the Department of Veterans Affairs conducting PTSD assessments and psychotherapy with military veterans and active duty service members. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Alvarado Parkway Institute providing inpatient and intensive outpatient interventions. For the last decade, she has worked in private practice treating various issues, with a focus on anxiety and mood disorders. She has worked as a subject matter expert with Relias since 2013. Disclosure: Bridgett Ross, PsyD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Administrators; Beginner level Social Workers; Entry level Alcohol and Drug Counselors; Entry level Marriage and Family Therapists; Entry level Physician Assistants; Entry level Physicians; Entry level Professional Counselors; Nurses; in the following settings: All Healthcare Settings.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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