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DCoE Webinar Discusses Military Children’s Psychological Health

Military Families: children grow through challenges
Deployments are one of many challenges unique to military children. (U.S. Army photo by Devin Fisher, Fort Carson)

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) will host its next webinar, “Psychological Health and Resilience of Children in Military Families,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (EDT) April 24.

Military children are in the spotlight this month as the Defense Department celebrates their resilience and highlights their risks and challenges. Month of the Military Child brings awareness of the unique set of stressors many military children face such as repeated family separations and exposure to trauma, injury and death. Experts agree that it’s important to recognize, understand and address these stressors for the mental health of military families and their children.

This webinar will discuss current research related to military children and families. The presenter will examine two major theories: children react differently during major life events depending on their ages and how interdependent systems influence development and well-being. The discussion will also focus on lessons learned from research studies and how they apply to current clinical practices.

In this webinar, the presenter will:

  • Describe factors that indicate the well-being and functioning of young military children
  • Examine stressors experienced by young military children when parents deploy
  • Evaluate connections between a parent’s psychological symptoms and the development and well-being of the child


  • Shelley M. MacDermid Wadsworth, Ph.D., MS, MBA
    Center for Families director
    Military Family Research Institute director
    Human Development and Family Studies professor
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Continuing Education:

Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register on or before April 24, 2014, at 3 p.m. (EDT) to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

To qualify for receipt of continuing education credit for applicable webinars, eligible participants must create a profile in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System. Responses to all pre-requisite course questions are required to receive credit for attending this event. PDF: For guidance on creating a user account and event registration in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System site, please visit here.

The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and/or their families.

Upon completion of registration, a confirmation email will be sent providing webinar event details.

Sign up for the DCoE April Psychological Health webinar. For more information, please visit

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Comments (2)

  • I would like to cover this webinar for the MHS site
  • @Karen, Great, let us know how we can help! We appreciate the interest and look forward to seeing the article.

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