Understanding military culture and the ways military service and deployments impact couples is critical when providing counseling to military-connected clients. The Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences offers webinars which are specially designed to support clinicians who provide couples counseling to this population. This week we’re wrapping up our initial sessions of the 2018 Couples Webinar Series. On Thursday, we’ll be presenting all three sessions over the course of the day, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern.
First up is “Military Couples: Element of the Assessment Process” - This training provides military and civilian mental health providers with information about key elements of the assessment process when treating military and Veteran couples. The components of an initial assessment will be reviewed with a specific focus on how aspects of military culture impact their relationships. In addition, a variety of assessment tools will be presented including self-report measures and genograms.
Next at 12:30 p.m. will be “Military and Veteran Couples: Evidence-Based Approaches to Treatment” - This training provides active duty and civilian mental health providers with information about evidence-based interventions that can be used with military and Veteran couples. It begins with a review of the basic demographics of military couples and a discussion of normative stressors associated with military marriages as well as the impact of deployment on couples. Then three evidence-based couples interventions, derived from Dr. John Gottman, Dr. Sue Johnson and other experts, are presented with explanation of ways they can be used with military and Veteran couples. The training concludes with an exploration of relationship strengths and resilience factors, with an emphasis on promoting resilience in military couples.
Finally at 3 p.m. we will present “An Intervention Model for Working with Military Couples Who have Experienced Infidelity” - This training provides active duty and civilian mental health providers with an overview of Dr. Douglas Snyders' three-stage model for treating infidelity. The training begins by defining behaviors that constitute an affair and then explores issues which may be specific to military couples. Next, the three-stage model is introduced along with tasks to be accomplished during therapy and treatment goals for each stage.
Each of the webinars stands alone and participants are invited to register for one or all three. Registration for each of the courses is $10 and comes with two CE credits. For more information or to register, you can visit our Couples Webinar page here. If you aren't able to join us on Thursday, but would like to participate in the Couples Webinars, you can complete the form here to be notifed of future sessions via email.