The Impact of Deployment and Combat Stress on Families and Children, Part I: Families and Deployment

 

Welcome to Part 1 of The Impact of Deployment on Families and Children series. 

The goal of this 2-part course is to help you better understand the challenges experienced by Service members and their families throughout the deployment cycle, as well as how you can best promote resilience in military families. 

Part I of this course begins by introducing you to some general demographic information about military families. Next, common stressors and challenges these families face will be presented. The remainder of the course will focus on information regarding the deployment cycle, including how it impacts the Service member and family. 

Having a clear understanding of deployment and reintegration-related stressors will better equip you to engage in treatment with this important client group.



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Hours: 2.00
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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-CDP-CSFAM1
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Describe normative stressors of military family life.
Identify protective and risk factors for military families during deployments.
Recognize the challenges of each stage of the deployment cycle for both Service members and families.
Discuss demographic characteristics of military families.

Outline:

Section 1: Introduction




  1. About This Course

  2. Learning Objectives



Section 2: Setting the Stage and Understanding Military Families




  1. Initial Questions

  2. Active Component vs. Reserve Component

  3. Types of Deployments

  4. Operations You Should Know

  5. Why Is It Important to Talk about Military Families?

  6. Who Gets Counted?

  7. Service Members and Families

  8. Military Family Demographics

  9. Unique Attributes of Military Marriages

  10. Military Children

  11. Meet the Clark Family

  12. Review

  13. Summary



Section 3: Stressors




  1. Stressors and Challenges for Military Families

  2. Family Stressors

  3. Normative Military Life Stressors

  4. Top Military Family Issues of Concern

  5. Research: Longitudinal Data

  6. Moving

  7. Military Spouse Employment

  8. Family Separation

  9. Transitioning Out of the Military

  10. Implications for Reserve Component Families

  11. Review

  12. Summary



Section 4: Risk & Resilience in Military Families




  1. Questions to Consider

  2. Risk and Resiliency for Military Families throughout Deployment

  3. Variability among Military Families

  4. Dual-Military Marriages

  5. Single Parents

  6. The Clark Family: Stressors, Risk, and Resiliency Factors

  7. Review

  8. Summary



Section 5: The Deployment Cycle – Pre-Deployment




  1. The Deployment Cycle

  2. The Emotional Cycle of Deployment

  3. The Pre-Deployment Stage

  4. Pre-Deployment: Ambiguous Loss

  5. Pre-Deployment Challenges

  6. Meet Lane Corporal Ellis

  7. Pre-Deployment Stressors

  8. Pre-Deployment: Emotional Experiences

  9. The Clark Family: Pre-deployment

  10. Summary



Section 6: The Deployment Cycle - Deployment




  1. The Deployment Stage

  2. Deployment: Ambiguous Loss

  3. Deployment Challenges

  4. Deployment Stressors for Service Members

  5. Combat Experience and Family Separation

  6. Realities of Combat

  7. Deployment Does Not Equal Combat

  8. Deployment Stressors for Spouses

  9. Deployment Stressors for Children and Adolescents

  10. Warning Signs Children and Adolescents May Show When Parent Is Deployed

  11. Factors Associated with Greater Child or Caregiver Difficulties

  12. Other Issues During Deployment: Financial

  13. Other Issues During Deployment: Communication

  14. Length of Deployment

  15. Deployment: Emotional Reactions

  16. Mrs. Clark’s Progress

  17. Summary



Section 7: The Deployment Cycle - Post-Deployment




  1. Post-Deployment Phase: Redeployment, Reunion, Reintegration

  2. Post-Deployment: Ambiguous Loss

  3. Post-Deployment Challenges

  4. Redeployment

  5. Homecoming and Reunion

  6. Reunion Stressors

  7. Family Reintegration

  8. Reintegration with Children

  9. Service Member Reintegration: Essential Tasks After a Combat Deployment

  10. Post-Deployment Stressors: RC Service Members

  11. Post-Deployment: Emotional Reactions

  12. Common Reactions Post-Deployment: Service Members

  13. Common Reactions Post-Deployment: Children and Adolescents

  14. Reintegration: The Clark Family

  15. Risk Factors for the Clark Family

  16. Summary



Section 8: Impact of Deployment on Families




  1. Impact of Deployments on Families

  2. Deployment and Divorce

  3. Marital Quality

  4. Intimate Partner Violence and Deployment

  5. What Do We Know about Children and Deployment?

  6. Recent Research on Child Outcomes

  7. Additional Research on Child Outcomes

  8. Child Maltreatment and Deployment

  9. Benefits of Deployment

  10. Quick Check

  11. Complicated Reintegration

  12. Visible Injuries: Severely Combat-Injured Service Member

  13. Service Members and Spouses in Combat-Injured Families

  14. Military Caregivers

  15. Impact of Parental Injury on Children

  16. Injury Communication to Children

  17. Helping the Injured Family

  18. Invisible Injuries: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Psychological Problems

  19. The Impact of Behavioral Health Issues

  20. Assessing and Treating Families

  21. Death of a Service Member

  22. Complicated Rein

    Expert Reviewer: Jenna Ermold, Ph.D.
    Jenna Ermold, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist working as the Assistant Director of Online Programs for the Center for Deployment Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. In this capacity, she oversees the development and dissemination of online training programs for behavioral health clinicians to improve competency in working with military members and their families. Additionally, she develops and presents workshops across the country to military and civilian audiences on topics in deployment behavioral health and evidence-based therapies for PTSD. She is a graduate of the Malcolm Grow (USAF) Medical Center Psychology Residency Program and served on active duty as a psychology in the United States Air Force from 2002 to 2006. Dr. Ermold graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in psychology and English and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont. She specializes in health psychology, behavioral health integration into primary care, women's reproductive behavioral health, post-traumatic stress disorder, and military psychology.  Disclosure: Jenna Ermold, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
    Expert Reviewer: William Brim, Psy.D.
    William Brim, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has been with the Center for Deployment Psychology since 2007, initially as a Deployment Behavioral Health Psychologist at Malcolm Grow (USAF) Medical Center and serving as the Deputy Director since 2008. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee (Psychology) and has his Master's and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL (1998). He is a graduate of the Wilford Hall (USAF) Medical Center Psychology Residency Program (1998) and the Wilford Hall Clinical Health Psychology Post-doctoral Fellowship Program (2001). Dr. Brim served on Active Duty as a psychologist in the United States Air Force from 1997 to 2007. Disclosure: William Brim, Psy.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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    Naju Madra, M.A. is an internal subject matter expert and clinical content writer for Relias' Behavioral Healthcare library. She earned her Master's degree in Psychology with specific study in neuropsychological assessment for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She brings with her a wealth of experience in clinical assessment, along with expertise in large-scale clinical research project management, recruitment, training, as well as in-person and web-based curriculum development.

    In addition to scholarly activities such as writing manuals and preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, Ms. Madra has over 15 years of behavioral healthcare experience ranging from crisis counseling and job coaching for individuals with severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders, to community college instruction, and trauma specialist at the Veterans Health Administration. In her current role, Ms. Madra has contributed authorship to over 100 behavioral healthcare course offerings for both licensed and non-licensed professionals in the Health & Human Services market.

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    Instructor: Marjorie Weinstock, Ph.D.
    Marjorie Weinstock, Ph.D. is a Senior Military Behavioral Health Psychologist at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. She joined the CDP in 2009 as a deployment behavioral health psychologist at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Prior to joining the CDP, Dr. Weinstock spent three years working for the Navy's Fleet & Family Support Program, where she provided counseling services to military members and their families. Dr. Weinstock is a graduate of Emory University and received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the State University of New York-Buffalo. She completed her internship at the Brockton, Massachusetts VA Medical Center and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical research and addictive disorders at the Brown University Training Consortium. As a military spouse, Dr. Weinstock has a first-hand understanding of the demands of military service on the family. Her professional interests include deployment related mental health issues, the assessment and treatment of PTSD and depression, and the impact of military life on the family. Disclosure: Marjorie Weinstock, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
    Instructor: April Thompson, LCSW

    April Thompson, LCSW is a clinical social worker currently working as a Military Behavioral Health Social Worker with the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland. In this capacity, she is responsible for the development and delivery of both live and web-based trainings to military and civilian mental health providers on deployment-related topics. She is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on issues related to intimate partner violence, couples counseling, and military family topics. Ms. Thompson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania. For over 20 years, Ms. Thompson has specialized in military child and family issues, especially in the area of domestic violence and family maltreatment prevention, response, and treatment. She has worked as a clinical counselor on military bases in Japan, Florida, Virginia, and Hawaii. Prior to joining CDP, Ms. Thompson was a clinical care coordinator overseeing the training and quality control of clinical documentation for contracted counselors working at Navy bases throughout the continental United States.

    Disclosure: April Thompson, LCSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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