Caring for the Military Family: What We All Should Know About Military Culture and the Stress of Deployment

11 User Reviews

CE Credit: 2

Length: 2 hours

Exam Items: 5

This program was originally webcast on May 11, 2012, and is now available on-demand.

APA partnered with the White House Joining Forces Initiative, headed by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, to support the psychological needs of our service members and their families. As part of this initiative, APA’s Education Directorate offered a live webcast to help prepare current and future psychologists to provide evidence-based, culturally competent services in the area of deployment psychology.

This workshop provides an overview of military culture including its history, organizational structure, core values, branches of the service, mission, and operations. In addition, it examines military deployment and the unique experiences that service members, their spouses and their children face throughout the deployment cycle. The presentation incorporates research findings to discuss stressors and challenges associated with separations, reunions, and reintegration.

Learning Objective 1
Identify military terminology and operations in order to facilitate effectively treating military personnel.

Learning Objective 2
Identify stressors faced by Service members and their families before deploying, during deployment, and after deployment.

Learning Objective 3
Discuss the adaptive skills used by Service members while in a combat zone that may be problematic, when applied at home, as well as effective strategies for facilitating healthy and positive reunions between returning Service members and their families.

Presenter: David S. Riggs,  PhD

David S. Riggs, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP), and Research Associate Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Riggs’ clinical and research work focuses on trauma, violence and PTSD. He has published over 70 articles and chapters and presented over 240 papers and workshops on topics including PTSD, domestic violence, and behavioral therapy. Dr. Riggs has trained numerous students and mental health professionals in techniques for treating PTSD, OCD and other anxiety disorders. As the Director of the CDP, Dr. Riggs continues these education efforts as he oversees the development and delivery of training seminars to prepare behavioral health professionals to care for service members, veterans and their families.

Supplementary Materials

  • Caring for the Military Family

11 User Reviews

"I teach a graduate level course on psychological trauma & crisis intervention and will use this material for my class. The webcast was basic, yet covered essential material.It will be very helpful to have the material in the video format. Thank you!"
— Mary Sean O.

"I am going to work at a Air Force Base and this is very helpful"
— David D.

— Anonymous

— Nany H.

"For someone who does not know much about military life and their families, this presentation provides a good introduction, and give an opportunity to start thinking how to help them psychologically."
— Anonymous

"I was disappointed that the screen was not visible. Otherwise, I was greatly pleased with the updates on military having served between the Korean conflict and Vietnam. Things have changed since then. Thanks."
— Anonymous

"Very informative - I worked as a civilian for AF during summers while in college and I am an Air Force "brat" and although many years have passed, This fit right in with my perceptions. The course provided a very clear overview of military structure and met all of the learning objectives."
— Anonymous

— Anita M.

— Adriana O.

"Good interesting basic review."
— Wayne P.

"Interesting, straight forward, useful. "
— David R.