Blog posts with the tag "Military Families"

Staff Perspective: COVID-19 and Self-Reintegration

Deb Nofziger, Psy.D.

Current social-distancing has limited ways we cope with both internal and external stressors. The less we are able to distract ourselves with the external world, the more time we have to listen to our own thoughts. How do we and our patients cope with personal demons when usual distractions are out of reach? What about those of us who are loving isolation because it has cut down on the external stressors?

Staff Perspective: Supporting Children During Deployment – Lessons Learned from Three Providers

Augusto Ruiz, Psy.D.

Despite the current COVID-19 pandemic, our Service members are still preparing to deploy and stand the watch in critical locations around the world and now at home. The current crisis has made deployments even more disruptive with deployment extensions and last-minute activations as our nation and states embrace for the consequences of this pandemic while maintaining our overseas presence. The personal impact of these deployments is still significant for our service members and their families, and especially for their children.

Staff Perspective: Caring for the Mental Health Needs of the Military Child (& Adolescent)

Kimberly Copeland, Psy.D.

Lliving among a robust military community and working with military children and adolescents and their families brings to mind that, for the most part, military children are extremely resilient and certainly have more strengths than weaknesses. (See my blog on Celebrating & Caring for the Military Child: Honoring our Youngest Heroes Year-Round). In fact, military kids tend to flex, adapt and overcome in parallel to their parent’s experiences.

Research Update: 16 April 2020

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The weekly Research Update contains the latest news, journal articles, useful links from around the web. As April is the Month of the Military Child, we will include additional information focused on military children. Some of this week's topics include:
● Toward a Framework for Military Family Life Education: Culture, Context, Content, and Practice.
● Outcomes of a reflective parenting program among military spouses: The moderating role of social support.
● Patient personality and psychotherapist reactions in individual psychotherapy setting: a systematic review.

Staff Perspective: The Challenges of COVID-19 on Military Families and the Resilience of Military Kids

The impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. military continues to grow, presenting extraordinary challenges to readiness: joint military exercises have been cancelled; U.S. bases in Europe have been closed or locked down; physical fitness tests postponed; graduations cancelled; promotions delayed; elective surgeries and routine care temporarily suspended; onboarding has come to a stop; sweeping travel bans have halted the movement of many, while others have been unexpectedly mobilized, etc. As our soldiers rapidly respond to contain and combat COVID-19, military families are charged with the familiar mission of supporting our nations troops in the face of uncertainty.