This training module is for civilian mental health providers who want to develop a better understanding about how the military works and who comprises the armed forces. It provides an overview of military culture to include basics about its history, organizational structure, core values, branches of the service, mission, and operations, as well as the differences between the active and reserve components. Participants acquire greater competency in working with Service members by learning military culture and terminology, and by discussing how aspects of the military culture impact behaviors and perspectives.
Target Audience: For behavioral health/healthcare providers who treat military personnel, veterans, and their families.
Instructional Level: Introductory
1. Characterize the structure and major components of the United States military.
2. Articulate common characteristics of the military population and how they compare to the general population.
3. Substantiate the importance of a distinct culture to the military.
4. Appraise elements of the military experience and lifestyle that are integral to military culture.
This activity is approved for 2.0 continuing education credits (CEs)
The Center for Deployment Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Deployment Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Jenna Ermold, Assistant Director, Online Programs, Center for Deployment Psychology
Jenna Ermold, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist working as the Assistant Director of Online Programs for the Center for Deployment Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Her responsibilities include developing online training materials for behavioral health clinicians to improve competency in working with military members and their families. She is a graduate of the Malcolm Grow (USAF) Medical Center Psychology Residency Program and served on active duty as a psychologist in the United States Air Force from 2002 to 2006.
Dr. Ermold graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in psychology and English and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont. She specializes in health psychology, behavioral health integration into primary care, women's reproductive behavioral health, posttraumatic stress disorder and military psychology.
Financial: Jenna Ermold has no relevant financial relationship to disclose
Nonfinancial: Jenna Ermold has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose