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This training provides mental health providers with an introduction to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) as it relates to working with military-connected clients. First, we will briefly examine the terminology around IPV and information about its prevalence in civilian and military populations. A discussion of the intersection of IPV and military culture will be presented, along with recommendations for key assessment elements (i.e., questions to ask, potential screeners). Finally, we will review programs and resources available to prevent and respond to IPV with a military-connected population.
Target Audience: For behavioral health providers who treat military personnel, veterans, and their families.
Instructional Level: Introductory
Attendees will be able to:
Differentiate between healthy, unhealthy, and abusive dynamics in intimate partner relationships
Use military and community resources to address intimate partner violence with military-connected clients
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.
Jennifer Phillips, PhD, is the Assistant Director of Program Evaluation for the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. She first joined the CDP as the Program Evaluator in 2013.
Dr. Phillips graduated from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (Baltimore, MD) with an interdisciplinary degree in biology and psychology before obtaining her masters and doctoral degrees in medical psychology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). Following a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, she served on the psychology faculty at Mount St. Mary’s University (MSM), Emmitsburg, MD for five years. Before coming to CDP, Dr. Phillips worked for a government consulting firm where she contributed subject matter expertise to multiple program evaluation efforts of DoD behavioral health programs. She currently holds adjunct faculty positions at both MSM and USU and continues to teach undergraduate and graduate psychology courses.
In addition to her training and teaching at USU, Dr. Phillips' experience as a military family member and spouse has helped her to cultivate an understanding and appreciation of the unique challenges and benefits of being part of a military family. Dr. Phillips’ professional interests include research and evaluation, the roles of learning and biology in determining behavior, and health psychology.