Some call it “continuing education.” Others deem extra-curricular efforts an essential way to get a leg up in their respective fields of practice. For Dr. Natalie Barone, whose successful career in psychology spans much more than a decade, professional development has been an enriching project that has allowed her to learn even more about the industry she has already contributed so much to. According to EducationCorner.com, the continuing education sector was on the rise during recent years and giving those at least 35 or older the opportunity to diversify skill sets, increase their income and find more employment opportunities. For Dr. Natalie Barone, her professional development endeavors gave her the chance to learn more about those in need who had proudly served this country and ways for her to apply these skills in real world applications.
Psychologist Natalie Barone, who is currently between license certifications, spent the final few months of 2017 working with the U.S. departments of veterans affairs and defense on veteran care topics as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) issues. These issues were addressed in three courses: PTSD 101: PTSD and Reintegration Challenges, Practical Assessment for PTSD as well as Military Culture: Core Competencies for Healthcare Professionals. It’s through these programs that Natalie Barone, psychologist, learned about stresses associated with deployment, reintegration into society after service, screening for PTSD as well as the culture of military service personnel and veterans. According to recent figures from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately “12 out of every 100 Gulf War Veterans have PTSD in a given year.” Sobering facts like this is what that drove Dr. Natalie Barone to learn more about this sector of psychology and ways that she can hopefully help in the near future.
Before this most recent effort, Dr. Natalie Barone completed two more continuing education efforts that aided her career path at the time. These include an intensive three-day training program in 2003 that taught her about the revised Hare Psychopathy Checklist as well as a 2008 invitation-only violent crime behavior program that lasted two weeks and was overseen by a panel of former FBI agents. Given these examples that show her as a dedicated psychologist, Natalie Barone looks forward to seeing what the future holds for this field.