(Online Course) The Impact of Deployment and Combat Stress on Families and Children, Part 1
The goal of this interactive online training is to provide an introduction to some general information regarding the deployment cycle and how it impacts the Service member and family unit. It is intended to help civilian mental health providers better understand the myriad stressors associated with pre-deployment, deployment and reintegration, in addition to family risk and resiliency factors, so they are more equipped to engage in treatment with this important client group.
Demographic Characteristics of Service members and their families
- General demographics
- Dual military marriages
- Single parents
- Age of Active Component (AC) spouses
- Age of children
- Reserve Component (RC) vs. Active Duty
- Implications for RC families
- Demographics of Service members who recently deployed
General and deployment related stressors
- Stressors and challenges for military families
- Marital satisfaction
- Military specific demands
Summary of research findings: risk and resiliency
- Risk and resiliency for military families throughout deployment
What do we know about children and deployment?
- Do previous findings generalize?
- Impact of the Global War on Terror on Children
The deployment cycle
Pre-deployment phase – notification, preparation and training.
- Pre-deployment stressors
- Emotional responses of family members pre-deployment
Deployment Phase: departure, sustainment, combat and conflict
- Service member experience
- Combat experience and family separation
- Deployment stressors for spouse
Deployment stressors for children and adolescents
- Warning signs children/adolescents may exhibit
Other issues during deployment
- Length of deployment
Post-deployment: homecoming and reunion
- Post-deployment stressors
Common stressors for Service member
- Common reactions post-deployment
- Change in mindset
- Reserve Component Service members
- Changes for family
- Spouse’s reactions
Realities for children/adolescents
- Common responses for infants, children and adolescents
- Child maltreatment/Domestic Violence and deployment
- Pre-deployment phase – notification, preparation and training.
Reintegration with wounded warriors and death of a Service member
Severely combat-injured Service member
- Service member’s reactions
- Spouse’s reactions
Impact of parental injury on children
- Injury communication to children
- Helping the injured family
- Percent of Service members screening positive
- Family problems and OIF/OEF Veterans with psychiatric symptoms
PTSD and the family
- Parenting and PTSD
- Assessing and treating families
Death of a Service member
- Death of a spouse
- Death of a parent
- Severely combat-injured Service member
To discuss demographic and risk characteristics of military families.
To describe general and deployment-related stressors for military families and the stages of the deployment cycle.
To summarize the research on risk and resiliency factors for military families, the effects of PTSD on families, and the challenges for families coping with the injury or death of a Service member.
Military Cultural Competence, is recommended as a prerequisite.