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

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Welcome to Part I of The Impact of Deployment and Combat Stress on Families and Children. Since 2001, there have been over 2.4 million deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The need for continued presence in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas of conflict required Service members and their families to endure unprecedented multiple deployments. To date, approximately 2 million children have experienced a parental deployment in support of OEF and OIF. The goal of this course is to introduce you to some general information regarding the deployment cycle, as well as how it impacts the Service member and family unit. Having a clear understanding of deployment and reintegration-related stressors, as well as common reactions to war and readjustment will better equip you to engage in treatment with this important client group. If you are not familiar with the military, it is highly recommended that you take the course “Military Cultural Competence” prior to taking this course.

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Hours: 2.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 5/31/2017
Learning Objectives:
Discuss demographic and risk characteristics of military families.

Describe general and deployment-related stressors for military families, along with the stages of the deployment cycle.
Summarize the research on risk and resiliency factors for military families, the effects of PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) on families, and issues for families coping with the injury or death of a Service member.

I. Section 1: Introduction
A. Course Contributors
B. About This Course
C. Learning Objectives
II. Section 2: Impact of Deployment on Families
A. Rationale For Taking This Course
B. Initial Questions
C. Meet The Clark Family
D. Strengths and Challenges
III. Section 3: Demographic Characteristics
A. Service Members and Families
B. Service Members and Families: Demographics
C. Dual-Military Marriages
D. Single Parents
E. More about Single Parents
F. Age of Active Component (AC) Spouses
G. Age of Children
H. Reserve Component vs. Active Duty
I. Implications for RC Families
J. Demographics of Service Members Who Recently Deployed
K. Let’s Review
IV. Section 4: Stressors
A. Stressors and Challenges for Military Families
B. Stressor: Moving
C. Additional Stressors and Challenges for Military Families
D. Marital Satisfaction
E. Questions to Consider
V. Section 5: Research Findings
A. Risk and Resiliency for Military Families throughout Deployment
B. What Do We Know About Children and Deployment?
C. Populations at Risk
D. Can Previous Findings Generalize?
E. The Impact of the Global War on Terror on Children
F. The Clark Family: Demographics, Risk, and Resiliency Factors
G. Let’s Review
H. Let’s Practice
VI. Section 6: Deployment Cycle
A. The Deployment Cycle
B. Pre-deployment Phase: Notification, Preparation, and Training
C. Imagine...
D. Pre-deployment Stressors
E. Emotional Experiences of Family Members Pre-deployment
F. The Clark Family: Pre-deployment
G. Deployment Phase: Departure, Sustainment, Combat, and Conflict
H. Deployment Phase: Service Member
I. Deployment Experiences that Defy Beliefs
J. Combat Experiences and Family Separation
K. Deployment Stressors for Spouse
L. Deployment Stressors for Spouse: Loneliness
M. Deployment Stressors: Spouse
N. Deployment Stressors for Children and Adolescents
O. Warning Signs Children and Adolescents May Show When Parent is
P. Other Issues During Deployment: Financial
Q. Communication during Deployment
R. Length of Deployment
S. Distress and Deployment Length
T. Mrs. Clark’s Progress
U. Post-Deployment Phase: Redeployment, Reunion, Reintegration
V. Post-Deployment: Redeployment
W. Post-Deployment: Homecoming and Reunion
X. Post-Deployment Stressors
Y. Post-Deployment: Common Stressors for Service Members
Z. Service Members: Common Reactions Post-Deployment
AA. Change in Mindset Post-Deployment
BB. Post-Deployment Stressors: RC Service Members
CC. Changes for Family
DD. Post-Deployment: Spouse’s Reactions
EE. Post-Deployment: Realities for Children/Adolescents
FF. Post-Deployment Responses: Infants, Children, and Adolescents
GG. Child Maltreatment and Deployment
HH. Domestic Violence (DV) and Deployment
II. Reintegration: The Clark Family
JJ. The Clark’s Post-Deployment
KK. Risk Factors for the Clark Family
VII. Section 7: Reintegration with Wounded Warriors
A. Reintegration Complicated
B. Severely Combat-Injured Service Member
C. Reintegration: Injured Service Member
D. Service Member’s Reactions
E. Spouse’s Reactions
F. Impact of Parental Injury on Children
G. Injury Communication to Children
H. Helping the Injured Family
I. Reintegration: Psychiatric Injury
J. Percent of Service Members Screening Positive for Mental Health
K. Family Problems and OIF/OEF Veterans with Psychiatric Symptoms
L. PTSD and the Family
M. Parenting and PTSD
N. PTSD and Anger
O. Assessing and Treating Families
P. Death of a Service Member
Q. Death of a Spouse
R. Death of a Parent
S. Death of a Parent in a Warzone
T. Reintegration Complicated: Final Thoughts
U. Let’s Review!
VIII. Section 8: Conclusion
A. Summary
B. Course Review
C. References and Resources
D. Congratulations

Instructor: Jenna Ermold, Ph.D.
Jenna Ermold, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who has been with the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) since 2006, initially as a Deployment Behavioral Health Psychologist at Malcolm Grow (USAF) Medical Center and currently as Lead, e-Learning Strategies. Her current responsibilities include developing online training materials for behavioral health clinicians to improve competency in working with military members and their families. She is a graduate of Middlebury College (Psychology, English) and has her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont (2003). She is a graduate of the Malcolm Grow (USAF) Medical Center Psychology Residency Program (2003) and served on Active Duty as a psychologist in the United States Air Force from 2002 to 2006. Dr. Ermold specializes in health psychology, behavioral health integration into primary care, women's reproductive behavioral health, PTSD, and military psychology.
Instructor: 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.
Staff Writer: Naju Madra, M.A.
Naju Madra, M.A. is an internal subject matter expert and clinical content writer at Relias Learning for the Health and Human Services library. She has her Master's degree in Psychology, with specific study in Clinical Neuropsychology. She brings with her a wealth of experience in clinical assessment, training, curriculum development, and research project management. She has over 15 years of behavioral health experience, including scholarly activities such as writing manuals and preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level Alcohol and Drug Counselors; entry and intermediate level Professional Counselors; entry and intermediate level Psychologists; entry and intermediate level Social Workers; intermediate and advanced level Nurses; in the following settings: Health and Human Services, Hospital, Long Term Care; and the following practice categories: Addictions, General Nursing, Gerontology, Home Health, Mental Health, Pain.
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All courses offered by Relias Learning, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.


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