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The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) hosts monthly webinars to provide information and facilitate discussion on a variety of topics related to psychological health and traumatic brain injury. The webinars are open to the public, and many provide continuing education.

Psychological Health and Resilience of Children in Military Families

April 24, 2014; 1-2:30 p.m. (EDT)

Children in military families often face a unique set of stressors such as repeated family separations and exposure to trauma, injury and death. Current literature notes that three out of every five service members who deploy leave families at home. During this post-war transition time, it is important to recognize and understand the risks and challenges ahead for families of military-connected children. This webinar will explore theoretical insights in current research related to children and military families and examine two major constructs: the importance of developmental timing of events and how multiple interdependent systems influence development and well-being. Discussion will include examples of lessons learned from research studies and applicability to current clinical practices.

During this webinar, participants will learn to:

  • Describe factors from research data which indicate the well-being and functioning of young military children
  • Examine stressors of young military children exposed to parental deployment
  • Evaluate connections between parental psychological symptoms and children's development and well-being

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

Capt. Mark Stephens, MC
U.S. Navy
Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, Md.

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 and register for the event on, or before, the event registration deadline. Complete responses to all pre-registration questions are required to be eligible to receive credit for attending this event. Review guidance on creating a user account and event registration in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System site.

DCoE’s 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.

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