Planning for changes in military families

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Planning for changes in military families

It's really important for military families to plan ahead, and get both parents on the same page when they are planning for a deployment; whether it's preparing to leave for a deployment or preparing for reintegration. When the parents can get on the same page, they can help the kids can get on the same page. It's really important to let kids know that things have changed. Their parent may have changed a little bit. They have changed a little bit. And to, kind of, reset expectations that things may not go back to as they were. Everybody is a little bit different now. You are a little bit older. Your dad is a little bit older. I am a little bit older. We all just need to see how we are going to be together and reset as a family. We can do that. Really reassure them that you can come back as a family and reunite. Even if there are some rocky patches in there, it will be okay. There is, sort of, an expectable course of reintegrate for families where they do come back, and reunite as a family.
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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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