DCoE Clinical Training Manuals Provide Training Consistency, Flexibility
By DCoE Strategic Communications
October 22, 2012
U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Alexandra McCheseney
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) recently released clinical training manuals for three DCoE tool kits: “Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) Toolkit,” “Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Toolkit” and “Co-occurring Conditions Toolkit: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health.”
While the tool kits were developed to help providers diagnose patients, they were not created to offer an exclusive course of management, replace clinical judgment or specialty consultation. DCoE developed the complementary manuals for instructors training providers in how to use the tool kits most effectively for clinical decision-making.
The enhanced instruction includes adult learning principles, tools to encourage learner participation, interchangeable modules to reflect participants’ needs and evidence-based tools to assess the impact of instruction on learner knowledge and behavior.
“These manuals present effective instructional material to improve knowledge and practice related to the diagnosis and treatment of psychological health and traumatic brain injury,” said Carlton A. Drew, DCoE Education directorate director. “They may also be beneficial to course sponsors, training leads or other individuals responsible for measuring performance-related training or education.”
The Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense collaborated on the MDD and SUD clinical training manuals to familiarize primary care providers with the tools and resources presented in the kits.
The “Co-occurring Conditions Toolkit” clinical training manual provides an overview of mild traumatic brain injury and co-occurring psychological health conditions and how to apply the tool kit in clinical practice.
Dr. Darlene Powell Garlington, DCoE clinical psychologist consultant who helped develop the manuals said, “The manuals incorporate innovative and interactive exercises that make the training interesting and facilitate clinical application.”
For more information and assistance on using the training manuals, visit dcoe.health.mil, contact 877-291-3263 or e-mail email@example.com.
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