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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.
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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:

  • Specify two assessment tools that can be used with military-connected couples
  • Determine the components of a comprehensive clinical interview with military-connected couples
  • Discriminate between healthy, unhealthy, and abusive dynamics in intimate partner relationships
  • Explore the programs that exist to address intimate partner violence with military-connected clients

American Psychological Association Sponsor Approval:

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.

Association of Social Work Boards Approved Continuing Education Provider Approval:

The Center for Deployment Psychology, #1761, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.  Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers.  State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.  The Center for Deployment Psychology maintains responsibility for this course.  ACE provider approval period: May 19, 2021 – May 19, 2022.  Social workers completing this course receive 4 Live, Interactive Webinar continuing education credits.


**More detailed information about Continuing Education credits provided for this course can be found in the CE Memo located in the "handouts" section**





Marjorie Weinstock's Profile

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Senior Military Behavioral Health Psychologist

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Marjorie Weinstock, Ph.D. is a Senior Military Behavioral Health Psychologist at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. She joined the CDP in 2009 as a Deployment Behavioral Health Psychologist at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Prior to joining the CDP, Dr. Weinstock spent three years working for the Navy’s Fleet & Family Support Program, where she provided counseling services to military members and their families.

Dr. Weinstock is a graduate of Emory University and received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University at Buffalo. She completed her internship at the Brockton, Massachusetts VA Medical Center and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical research and addictive disorders at the Brown University Training Consortium.

As the spouse of a recently retired Service member, Dr. Weinstock has a first-hand understanding of the demands of military service on the family. In her current role she is engaged in the development and presentation of trainings for behavioral health clinicians to improve their competency in working with both Service members and their families. Her professional interests include deployment-related mental health issues, cognitive behavioral therapy, suicide prevention, and the impact of military life on the family.

Financial: Marjorie Weinstock is employed by Center for Deployment Psychology.

Non-financial: Marjorie Weinstock has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose. 

Jennifer Phillips, PH.D. Related seminars and products

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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