FD Webinar: Links between PTSD & Domestic Violence in Military Couples

Links between PTSD & Domestic Violence in Military Couples

Date: March 28, 2015

Time: 11am-1pm Eastern

Location: https://learn.extension.org/events/1880#.VKw25yvF9uJ

Flickr, Jaybird-October 29, 2012

Casey Taft, PhD, National Center for PTSD, Boston VA Medical Center, will explore links between Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Domestic Violence in Military Couples. Dr. Taft will provide background information regarding intimate partner violence (IPV) in military populations, discuss the development and treatment elements of the interventions, present treatment outcome data obtained from treatment development grants funded through the Centers for Disease Control, Department of Defense, and Department of Veterans Affairs, and discuss current efforts to implement the programs. He will also provide specific tips and skills for working with this challenging population.

We offer 2.0 National Association of Social Worker CE credits and CE credits for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Georgia for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2014 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: (Facebook Twitter)

2015 Personal Finance Virtual Learning Event

Molly C. Herndon

The image 14296 counseling & psychology by Texas A&M University Marking Communications Photography for this webinar is licensed Creative Commons CC BY 2.0.
By Texas A&M University Marking Communications Photography

Join us a 3-day learning event June 2-4 that will focus influencing positive change in clients. The 2015 Personal Finance Virtual Learning Event is an online learning opportunity to connect with colleagues, broaden your professional network, learn from experts in the field, and earn free CEUs!

On Tuesday, June 2 at 11 a.m. ET Dr. Barbara O’Neill will present Motivating Clients to Develop Positive Financial Behaviors. This webinar will describe ways to prompt positive behavior change in others. It will begin with a discussion of three leading behavior change theories and the concepts of locus of control and time preference. It will then discuss 20 specific financial behavior change strategies, relevant concepts from the field of behavioral finance, and implications for financial practitioners.

On Wednesday, June 3 at 11 a.m. ET, Dr. Mary Bell Carlson will present Financial Therapy Insights for Financial Counseling and Education. This session will explain what financial therapy is and how it differs from financial counseling, coaching, and planning. You will learn some of the specific techniques and models used in financial therapy and even some tips on how to incorporate some of these techniques into your sessions to help facilitate the opportunity for lasting financial behavior change with your clients.PF VLE 1 PAGER 2015

On Thursday, June 4 at 11 a.m. ET, Jerry Buchko will present Step by Step Financial Coaching Techniques. This webinar will deliver step-by-step techniques financial educators can employ to influence positive behavior change in their clients.

Each 90-minute webinar will be followed by a 1-hour Twitter chat. Engage, ask questions and post comments by using #MFLNchat.

Each webinar is approved for 1.5 CEUs for AFC-credentialed participants through AFCPE and 1.5 general CEUs for CPFC-credentialed participants through FinCert. Learn more about our CEU process here.

More details on this 3-day event are available here. We hope to see you online June 2-4!

This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on April 21, 2015.

Body-based Therapeutic Approach to Healing Trauma

By Christina Herron and Kacy Mixon, PhD

Creative Commons [Flickr, Yoga, November 6, 2014]
Creative Commons [Flickr, Yoga, November 6, 2014]
Trauma is an occurrence that threatens a person’s life and/or sense of safety.  The National Child Traumatic Stress Network identifies trauma as a result of many factors, including: domestic violence, neglect, physical/sexual abuse, traumatic grief, community & school violence, natural disasters, medical trauma, refugee/war zone trauma, terrorism, early childhood trauma and complex trauma [1]. Payne, Levine, & Crane-Godreau (2015), relay…

“Trauma is in the nervous system and body, and not in the event; an event that is very traumatic to one person may not be traumatic to another, as people differ very widely in their ability to handle various kinds of challenging situations due to different genetic makeup, early environmental challenges, and specific trauma and attachment histories [2].”

Peter Levine is the founder of Somatic Experiencing (SE). SE is considered to be a body-based therapy approach. Body-based therapies help client’s access traumatic experiences that are not yet available for verbal narration and cognitive reflection. These are stored in non-verbal parts of the brain such as the amygdala and in sensory organs [2].

SE Body-Based Therapies help individuals alleviate feelings of fear, disconnection, helplessness, and fear that can arise because of trauma. Some of these include Restorative Yoga, Sensory Motor Therapy, Hakomi Method, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems, etc.

“SE therapists have to learn to watch, not just listen; to know when to slow down, when to point out and explore a physical response” [3].

Adrienne Baggs, PhD, one of MFLN Family Development’s presenters for our April 23, 2015 webinar on Wellness Strategies, Burnout Prevention, and Mindfulness Part 2, has done extensive research on the benefits of Restorative Yoga when working with victims of trauma, especially PTSD.

More insight into Baggs’s experience with restorative yoga can be found in the article, “3 Restorative Yoga Poses To Help Heal Trauma.”

Below are additional resources that may provide more insight into Body-Based Therapies:


[1] National Child Traumatic Stress Network (n.d.). Types of Traumatic Stress. Retrieved from http://www.nctsn.org/trauma-types

[2] Payne P., Levine P.A., & Crane-Godreau, M.A. (2015). Somatic experiencing: Using interoception and proprioception as core elements of trauma therapy. Frontiers in Psychology,  6(93). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00093

[3] Giarretto, Ariel (2010). Healing trauma through the body: The way in is the way out. Psychotherapy.net


This post was written by Christina Herron & Kacy Mixon, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.

May Caregiving Webinar: Promoting Knowledge through Effective Education

Join the Military Caregiving concentration for our upcoming monthly professional development webinar on, ‘Promoting Knowledge Gain and Behavior Change through Effective Education.’ Did I mention that this is a FREE professional development opportunity, with no registration required? Event details are below.

Watch and listen as Andy Crocker, webinar presenter and Extension Specialist in Gerontology and Health at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, provides a sneak peek into what you can expect from the upcoming May 12th webinar.

CEU Credit Available!

The Military Families Learning Network will be providing 1.0 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) continuing education credit to credentialed participants. Certificates of Completion will also be available for training hours as well. For more information on CEU credits go to: NASW Continuing Education Instructions. 

Interested in Joining the Webinar?

*No registration is required; simply go to, Promoting Knowledge through Effective Education, the day of the event to join. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense so you must install security certificates if you are not located on a military installation. Instructions for certificate installation can be found by clicking on DCO Adobe Certificate Installation. You can connect to the Adobe webinar using iPhone, iPad, and Droid apps. Search for DCO Connect in the respective stores.

For those who cannot connect to the Adobe site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on Ustream.

This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 17, 2015.

Medication Management Training – Key Take Aways

Last Wednesday the Military Caregiving concentration hosted a professional development training on ‘Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members.’ Presenters Kristin Kuhlmann, Ph.D., and Captain Nancy Turrubiates provided participants with a basic overview of narcotic medications within the military, how medications effect wounded service members, and identified tips for effective case management for professionals working with family caregivers.

Upon completion of the training, Dr. Kuhlmann and Captain Turrubiates provided four ‘Key Take Aways’ for professionals to use within their work. Take a look at these key strategies below and think about how each tip could impact your work as a service provider.

Key Take Aways-Narcotic Meds

Are these tips helpful in your profession? What are some additional ‘Key Take Aways’ that have helped you in your work?

In case you missed last week’s presentation, it was recorded and can be found by going to Medication Management. Participants can also still receive continuing education credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and/or a certificate of completion.

This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 14, 2015.

Reliability of online information – “flipped” webinar

Webinar cover artOn Monday April 20, 2015 at 1 P.M. Eastern we’ll be having an online session discussing assessing the reliability of online information. Rather than just delivering a webinar presenting information, this will be modeled on a “flipped classroom“.

Once you complete the registration form for the session, you will be given three websites to review along with some resources to help you frame your evaluation. During the live session, we will discuss the sites, methods useful to assessing reliability, and reasons why it’s important to vet sites. The pre-session activities should take no more than an hour, and we’ll have an hour for live interaction.

As we wrote in “Is that so?” in 2012: “It’s your reputation, time, money, health, or well-being that’s at stake when you make decisions or publish based on information you discover online. How carefully you vet that information and its source is up to you.”

Author: Stephen Judd (@sjudd)

This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on April 14, 2015.

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Remember, your kids are watching!

Dr. Michael Gutter

Consider that each time you use the credit card, or realize you don’t know how much you have available for bills, or  decide something costs too much or is not needed – your kids are watching. Recent studies have increasingly documented the important influence parents have on the eventual financial behaviors of their children; this includes the good, the bad, and the ugly.

By Carissa Rogers

Consider how we can set a good example.

  1. Try to explain why you use a card when you do. The basic difference between a debit and credit card so they understand when you are spending family money.
  2. When you are planning to pay the bills, even it if is online, explain what you are doing and how you keep track of them. You don’t need to in depth while your kids are young. However as your kids finish high school, consider that they should be learning their own organization system.
  3. Give them goals to save for. This can start small such as saving money so they can spend it at an upcoming family trip, or for something big that they want.

As an aside, my son dropped many hints that he wanted an iPhone. I told him not only was the phone an expense, but also so is the addition to our family’s bill. I told him that would be an extra $120 per year. About six months later after some birthday, chore, good grades, and good effort money, he walked up to me with his wallet and said “lets go to the store.” For what” He opens his wallet, pulls out $270.

“Here is for my bill” handing me $120 and the rest is for the store. I looked at him, incredulously, and said, “Let’s go”

So remember if you teach them to save, they will understand it. If you teach them to be organized with their spending, they will see that. And if you teach them to spend, they will understand that too!

This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on April 14, 2015.

Career Sustaining Behaviors and Wellness

By Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD

Creative Commons [Flickr, Acupuncture, March 20, 2010]
Creative Commons [Flickr, Acupuncture, March 20, 2010]
What activities used by therapists to enhance their professional quality of life are most associated with well-being?  Researchers Lawson and Myers [1] conducted a survey of professional counselors, measuring career sustaining behaviors (CSBs) and wellness, as well as other issues such as caseload type and setting of practice. They compared the CSBs and wellness scores to identify activities that were endorsed by therapists with high wellness scores.

A total of 1000 members of the American Counseling Association were randomly selected to receive the survey, which was sent via mail, and 506 responded to the survey with usable data. The average age of participants was 49.9 years old and they had an average of 13.6 years of work experience.  More than two-thirds of the sample reported that they were licensed in their state as a professional counselor.  Participants responded to surveys measuring wellness and career sustaining behaviors, and provided demographic and caseload information. Measures used included:

  • 5F-Wel: A measure of wellness derived from the IS-Wel model.
  • Career Sustaining Behavior Questionnaire (CSBQ): A measure used to rate strategies for maintaining effective functioning and positive attitudes in a professional role as a counselor.
  • ProQOL, revision III: A measure tapping into professional quality of life.

Researchers identified 19 significant career-sustaining behaviors reported more frequently by counselors with high wellness scores.

The top CSBs reported by counselors (ranked highest to lowest) with high wellness scores were:

Lawson & Myers, Career Sustaining Behaviors, 2011
Lawson & Myers, Career Sustaining Behaviors, 2011

Additionally, engaging in private practice (as opposed to school, community or university-based practice), having a lower caseload number, and having fewer high risk patients (e.g., suicidal or self-injurious). As a therapist it is important to consider what you can do to increase your personal and professional well-being in order to avoid burnout or other negative impacts.


[1] Lawson, G., & Myers, J. E. (2011). Wellness, professional quality of life, and Career‐Sustaining behaviors: What keeps us well? Journal of Counseling & Development, 89(2), 163-171. doi:10.1002/j.1556-6678.2011.tb00074.x

 This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, You Tube, and on LinkedIn.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Honoring Our Babies & Toddlers

By Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD

Creative Commons [Flickr, Month of the Military Child, April 1, 2014]
Creative Commons [Flickr, Month of the Military Child, April 1, 2014]
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers a number of excellent resources for mental health professionals who are working with military children and families.  The website features information on various types of trauma, a learning collaborative for spreading best practices, and training materials on trauma-related topics.  One publication on the NCTSN website, Honoring Our Babies & Toddlers [1], provides thought-provoking scenarios written from the perspective of a child who is faced with a military parent’s deployment, injury, or death.  Tables are provided with scenarios common for young military children experiencing parental deployment, injury or death, suggest possible meaning of common behaviors, and provide ideas for ways to support children experiencing those scenarios. Information for practitioners on stressors facing military families, as well as how to best support these families is also provided. This publication is a great resource for practitioners working with military families who have young children.


 [1] ZERO TO THREE (2009). Honoring our babies and toddlers: Supporting young children affected by a military parent’s deployment, injury, or death. Washington, DC: Author.  Retrieved from: http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/hbt-2.pdf.

This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.

Webinar Next Week – Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members

Remember to join us at 11:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 9 for our military professional development webinar on “Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members.” Presenters, Kristin Kuhlmann, Ph.D., and Nancy Turrubiates from West Texas A&M University, will provide information on various classes of narcotics, along with their actions and interactions with other medications, as well as the potential dependence it may cause for wounded warriors.

Narcotic medications may be prescribed for a variety of treatments, primarily pain management, anxiety, and sleep disorders. As professionals it is important to learn how these medications may impact service members and the effects it may have on their well-being. The image below provides a preview to what participants can expect to learn about during the training.

This training is FREE and is available to military service providers and families. To join the event, simply go to: Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members.

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