April is the Month of the Military Child and as I think about why we set-aside a month for this purpose, I reflect on the phrase “Kids serve, too.” You’ll often hear this phrase used as a short-hand acknowledgement of the fact that children of our military Service members make sacrifices right alongside their parents. The life of a military child includes challenges such as frequent relocations, long separations from a deployed parent (or parents) and the uncertainty that can come from being a part of a military-connected family. Since 2001, over two million children have experienced the military deployment of a parent with many of them experiencing multiple deployments.
Deployment Psychology Blog
Welcome to this week’s edition of CDP News! We like to use this space to review recent happenings in and around the Center for Deployment Psychology, while also looking ahead to upcoming events. We’re heading into April and we’ve got lots of things to talk about!
The CDP's weekly research update contains the latest news, journal articles and useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include:
● Anxiety, depression, and the suicidal spectrum: a latent class analysis of overlapping and distinctive features.
● Integrated Treatment of PTSD and Substance Use Disorders: Examination of Imaginal Exposure Length.
What do we say to our clients who perceive that discussing military experiences is akin to “leaking” classified information or will result in legal consequences? Some things can only occur when we can be confident that our disclosures and behavior will be kept hidden from the public eye. Standards related to confidentiality are enshrined in the ethics codes of all mental health disciplines precisely because these standards allow our clients to speak about their issues in a candid manner without fear that their disclosures could be used to harm them.