Please login here to register for the event.

* - Understanding the Context of Military Culture in Treating Veterans
July 31, 2025
Online Course

Date: Thursday, February 28th at 3 PM ET

Approval: Approved for 1 PDH in Domain III (1 CE for NBCC and NAADAC)

Presented by: Patricia Watson, Ph.D. 

Session Description: Several research studies have shown that because of the lack of cultural competence among providers, people may not seek services in the formal health care system, cannot access treatment, drop out of care, are misdiagnosed or seek care only when their illness or injury is at an advanced stage. The purpose of this talk is to address this issue by providing information about how the influence of military culture may impact world view, assessment, and treatment planning for Veterans, and how developing core competencies related to military culture can improve rapport, compliance, and adherence to treatment.

Presenter Bio: Patricia Watson, Ph.D. is a psychologist for the National Center for PTSD. Prior to this position, she served 8 years as a clinical psychologist in the Navy. Her education includes a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Catholic University, and a postgraduate fellowship in pediatric psychology at Harvard Medical School. Specialty areas have included science-to-service interventions, military culture, disaster mental health interventions, peer support for military and first responder populations, early intervention treatments for trauma, resilience, and trauma in children and adolescents.