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  Event Name:  Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Military Families
  Status:  Open
  Event Date:  Friday March 01 - 03/01/2013
  Start Time:  8:30 AM
  End Time:  12:30 PM
  Total Hours:  4
  Location:  Butler Hospital - Ray Conference Center
345 Blackstone Boulevard
Providence , RI 02906
Location Notes: Ray Conference Center on the Butler Hospital campus, on the East Side of Providence.
  Sponsor:  Butler
  Fee:  $45.00
  Target Audience:  Physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, teachers, and school psychologists, and mental health counselors.
  Contact Info.:  Register online or by calling 401-455-6265.
  Registration Method:  Registration required.
  Cont. Ed. Credits:  Three continuing Medical and Educational Credits for physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, teachers and school psychologists, and mental health counselors.
  Event Details:  According to the US Department of Defense, 43 percent of active duty and select reserve officers are parents. Approximately 2 million children have been separated from their parents due to military deployment, with 40 percent younger than 5 years old. The Rhode Island National Guard reports that Rhode Island has the second highest per capita deployment rate since 9/11 among states’ National Guard. While military families have shown resilience through these conflicts (Elder & Clipp, 2006), very young children are particularly vulnerable to deployment separation given the developmental processes occurring during those years (Cozza & Lieberman, 2007). For these children especially, the deployment cycle can be viewed as a chronic stressor that represents an ongoing threat to child development, parent-child relationships and parenting. To address the needs of military families, this lecture will present case examples and outcomes of Strong Families Strong Forces (SFSF), a short-term, home-based reintegration program aimed at reducing the impact of deployment separation and war-zone related trauma, including parental combat stress, on parenting and the parent-child relationship. SFSF recognizes the primacy of the parent-child relationship and aims to support parental reflective function capacities, enabling parents to reflect upon and “see” their child’s internal experiences in order to recognize and respond empathetically to deployment-related distress, questions and behavior. Family Service of Rhode Island is working towards making SFSF available to military families in Rhode Island.

Teaching Objectives - During this program, participants will - Review Operation Enduring Freedom / Operation Iraqi Freedom service members’ mental health needs and the impact of separation and combat stress on children and families - Discuss the present findings from Phase 1 of Strong Families Strong Forces research study - Discuss the interventions and case material learned from the Strong Families Strong Forces home-based program

Faculty Presenters Ellen DeVoe, PhD, LICSW, associate professor at the Boston University of Social Work and a lead developer of Strong Families Strong Forces (SFSF), an 8-session home based reintegration program for OEF/OIF military families with young children.

Ruth Paris, PhD, LICSW Dr. Paris is an associate professor at the Boston University School of Social Work where she focuses her teaching and scholarship on family interventions and serves as the director of the Family Therapy Certificate Program. unity mental health, and private practice.
 
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