Deployment, teens, and social life

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Deployment, teens, and social life

One of the things we know about adolescents is that friends are emerging as their primary support system for teenagers and that has particular weight with military kids when their service member parent is deployed, because they often may feel like they need to stay home and wait for that call from their service member parent, from their mom or their dad. Or choose to not be home and spend time with their friends, which they really want to do, but then that means sort of choosing their friends over their parent or potentially missing an important call with their parent. Military kids and teenagers worry about their service member parents. They worry about their parent's safety, they wonder if their parent is going to return home. If they're skyping with their parent, they worry if this might be the last time that I see my mom or my dad. And so when they are faced with having to choose being with their friend or getting on that Skype with their dad, that can be a really tough choice to have to make. And so parents can help their teenage children navigate that decision making by doing things like trying, if possible, to schedule calls or Skype sessions with their military parent during a time when teenager would be home anyway. Or if that's not possible, making sure that there's other opportunities to stay connected via email, or sending cards, or even sending videos to their parent while they're deployed.
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Catherine Mogil, PsyD

Family Trauma Therapist

Dr. Catherine E. Mogil is an assistant clinical professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the director of training and intervention development for the Nathanson Family Resilience Center and as the co-director of the Child and Family Trauma Service.

Dr. Mogil is also a consultant for the National Military Family Association's Operation Purple Family Retreats, the Uniformed Services University, and a special military project with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Her recent research focuses on the effects of multiple deployments on military families, including the role of parental functioning on childhood mental health. Working with children of all developmental stages, Dr. Mogil has been involved in several intervention development and translational research projects that examine the efficacy of parent-assisted interventions for infants and toddlers in foster care, school-aged children with developmental disabilities, and adolescents with autism spectrum and other disorders.

Dr. Mogil is certified in parent-child interaction therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and leadership education in neurodevelopmental disabilities. She received her doctorate from Pepperdine University and completed her clinical internship at UCLA. Dr. Mogil also completed a postdoctoral fellowship specializing in the prevention and treatment of child and family traumatic stress at the University of Southern California and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

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