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Military-Connected Couples: Elements of the Assessment Process and Intimate Partner Violence: An Overview of Assessment and Response with Military-Connected Clients

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Couples Wellness |  Military Families |  Professional Development |  Wellness
Marjorie Weinstock |  Jennifer Phillips, PH.D.
Course Levels:
4 Hours 15 Minutes
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This training is a combination of two modules from our Couples Webinar Series. The first half of this training provides military and civilian mental health providers with information about key elements of the assessment process when treating military and veteran couples.  The components of an initial assessment will be reviewed with a specific focus on how aspects of military culture impact their relationships.  In addition, a variety of assessment tools will be presented including self report measures and genograms. The second half of the training provides active duty and civilian behavioral health providers with an overview of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) with military-connected clients. First we will examine data regarding the prevalence of IPV.  A review of the literature on the intersection of IPV and military culture will also be presented, along with key assessment elements, important questions to ask, and screening tools that can be used. Finally, we will review programs and resources available to prevent and respond to IPV with this population.

Target Audience: For behavioral health providers who treat military personnel, veterans, and their families.

Instructional Level: Introductory

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will be able to:

1. Evaluate at least two assessment tools that can be used with military-connected couples
2. Distinguish the components of a comprehensive clinical interview with military-connected couples
3. Differentiate between healthy, unhealthy, and abusive dynamics in intimate partner relationships
4. Use military and community resources to address intimate partner violence with military-connected

**CEs for this event are pending internal review**




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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.


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