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Military-Connected Couples: Evidence-based Approaches to Treatment

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Couples Wellness |  Military Families
Augusto Ruiz |  April Thompson
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120 minutes
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This training provides active duty and civilian mental health providers with information about evidenced-based interventions that can be used with military and Veteran couples. It begins with a review of the basic demographics of military couples and a discussion of normative stressors associated with military marriages, as well as the impact of deployment on couples. Then three evidence-based couples interventions derived from Dr. John Gottman, Dr. Sue Johnson and other experts are presented with explanation of ways they can be used with military and Veteran couples. The training concludes with an exploration of relationship strengths and resilience factors, with an emphasis on promoting resilience in military couples.

Course Level: Introductory


Participants will be able to:

  1. Specify three evidence-based interventions clinicians can use when working with military-connected couples
  2. Explore ways to promote strength and resilience in military-connected couples

 This activity is approved for 2 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.




Augusto Ruiz's Profile

Augusto Ruiz Related seminars and products:

Psy.D., Military Internship Behavioral Health Psychologist

Center for Deployment Psychology

Augusto Ruiz, Psy.D. is a Military Internship Behavioral Health Psychologist with the Center for Deployment Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Located at the National Naval Medical Center, Dr. Ruiz is a Veteran of the U.S. Navy. As a Navy psychologist, he was stationed at the Hospital Point Clinic at the United States Naval Academy and on the USS Carl Vinson. He also has worked with deployed Service members in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and has been on deployment in the Persian Gulf.

Dr. Ruiz received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He completed his residency at the National Naval Medical Center. Prior to joining the CDP, Dr. Ruiz was a supervisor at the Montgomery County, Maryland Crisis Center, a position he left to return to Navy medicine.

The focus of Dr. Ruiz’s work, supervision and training is on deployment related mental health issues, crisis intervention, suicide assessment and suicide prevention. Additionally, he focuses on cross cultural psychology and the treatment of diverse populations. He has conducted seminars to sailors, mental health professionals, and police departments on cross cultural issues, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and suicide prevention.

Financial: Augusto Ruiz has an employment relationship with Center for Deployment Psychology.

Non-Financial: Augusto Ruiz has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

April Thompson's Profile

April Thompson Related seminars and products: 1

LCSW, Military Behavioral Health Social Worker

Center for Deployment Psychology

April Thompson, LCSW, is a clinical social worker currently working as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Trainer with the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland.  In this capacity, she is responsible for the development and delivery of both live and web-based trainings to military and civilian mental health providers on deployment-related topics.

Ms. Thompson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and her Master of Social Work degree from University of Pennsylvania. 

For over 20 years, Ms. Thompson has specialized in military child and family issues especially in the area of domestic violence and family maltreatment prevention, response and treatment.  She has worked as a clinical counselor on military bases in Japan, Florida, Virginia and Hawaii.  Prior to joining CDP, Ms. Thompson was a clinical care coordinator overseeing the training and quality control of clinical documentation for contracted counselors working at Navy bases throughout the continental United States.


Financial: April Thompson is employed by Center for Deployment Psychology.

Non-financial: April Thompson has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose. 


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