More than 2 million children in the US have been affected directly by a caregiver or both caregivers military wartime deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Most studies suggest that child maltreatment increases during a deployment. Deployment is often challenging for military families and occurrences of child maltreatment have risen.
Few studies have examined why deployment-related stress rose by 42 percent in regards to the occurrence of child maltreatment since the September 11th attacks. The military is challenged to outsourcing mental health services today in cultivating additional resources to support the needs of military families. Current research shows that resilience doe increase in most cases with more frequent deployment.
This interactive workshop will explore what military families need to enhance protective factors related to first time deployment. Participants will learn how to better link those with formal and informal agencies in their communities, how to develop treatment planning, and goals and become familiar with military resources.
A variety of audio visual clips will be utilized to empower and educate participants about the strengths and challenges of both the deployed and family members. This presentation will covers three focus areas for social work practice including social work research methods,
Presenter biography for: KAY HIGGS-ADAMS, MSW, LISW, CFLE
Ms. Higgs-Adams holds a Masters in Social Work from W. Va. University School of social work, Morgantown W.Va. and independent supervisory social work licensure from the State of Ohio. She is a member of the National Council on Family Relations and obtained her certified family life educator certification in 2007. Her additional certifications included Active Parenting, Prepared Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), US Army Family Advocacy, and US Air Force Family Advocacy Outreach.
Ms. Higgs-Adams has a combined 25 years experience in administration, education, clinical social work, military family advocacy, prevention education programming and private practice experience. Her achievements include presenting at the 2009, 2010 International Conference on Parenting Education at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. Ms. Higgs-Adams co received both fall 2004 and 2005 the Red Ribbon Community Campaign award with the Defense Supply Center, Columbus, Ohio from Under Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. Finally in 2005 she received recognition from the Defense Logistics Agency HQ in Washington DC for establishing protocol utilized today for Out of Home child abuse prevention table top exercises.
March 25, 2011
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
3 CEU/clock hours
Location: 115 Stillman Hall
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