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CDP Presents: Strengthening the Homefront: A Tactical Toolkit Targeting Key Factors During Deployment

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Andrea Israel, Ph.D. |  Khristine Heflin, MSW, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
1 Hour 30 Minutes
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Deployment is arguably the most challenging of the normative stressors experienced by military families and children, the impact of which has been well-documented to family and child well-being as well as mission readiness. This presentation provides Behavioral Health clinicians with a “tactical toolkit” of ready-to-use, research-based strategies that address key targets of clinical intervention at each phase of the deployment cycle. Inherent to the discussion is how to adapt strategies to address family strengths and preferences from a cultural, racial/ethnic, and belief system perspective.


Learning Objectives 


  1. Evaluate the impact of deployment on family functioning

  2. Develop strategies to enhance familial relationships during the deployment cycle

  3. Integrate resources to support military family functioning into clinical practice with military families


CEs Pending



Andrea Israel, Ph.D. Related seminars and products

Andrea Israel, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist serving as a Military Behavioral Health Child Psychologist at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. In this role, she supports a study to assess the feasibility and to identify best practices for enhancing and expanding capabilities to deliver telehealth services to youth (dependents of active duty military) with neurodevelopmental and behavioral health needs across a dispersed geographic area. In addition, she provides Evidence-Based Psychotherapy (EBP) training. Dr. Israel graduated with her doctorate in School Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her postdoctoral work at Duke University Medical Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish, with a minor in Psychology, from the University of Virginia.

Prior to joining CDP, Dr. Israel enjoyed a varied career across diverse settings, including university medical centers, community hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practice, and federal civilian and military installations. She has worked with both pediatric and adult patients across these settings, engaging in direct clinical treatment, psychological evaluation, and multidisciplinary consultation. Dr. Israel’s work has focused on topics related to health psychology, evaluation for the purposes of identification of strengths and neuropsychiatric challenges, and workforce health and wellness programming. In addition, her roles often included delivery of seminars and workshops, and she continues that focus on training delivery in her work with CDP.

Khristine Heflin, MSW, LCSW-C Related seminars and products

Khristine Heflin, MSW, LCSW-C, is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been practicing since 2006. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults with specialty areas that include managing anxiety and depression, parenting education and suicidal ideation prevention. She is committed to mental health equity and reducing the impact of unaddressed mental health needs. Currently, she serves as a Military Behavioral Health Child Social Worker with the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences located in Bethesda, MD. In this role, Ms. Heflin works on the Department of Defense Child Collaboration Study and is responsible for identifying best practices for expanding telehealth services to military children and delivering evidenced based training to behavioral health clinicians and community providers caring for military children and families. Her educational background includes a master’s degree in Social Work with a clinical concentration in mental health, families and children from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.


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