The Modern Military and Veteran Family: Caregivers to Men and Women Returning from War


Co-Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Veteran Services and
the Military and Veterans Psychology program at William James College

Conference Coordinator: Robert Dingman, EdD, Director, William James College Train Vets to Treat Vets Program and Military and Veterans Psychology Concentration

Presenters: Stacy Bannerman, MS; Charles C. Engel, MD, MPH; Gerald Sweet, PhD; & Paula Domenici, PhD

An estimated 4.4 million family members provide at-home care for many of our nation’s aging military veterans with another 1.1 million attending to those who have fought recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. While many such families demonstrate remarkable resilience and post-traumatic growth, a recent Rand Corporation study has revealed that among post-911 military spouses and parents, as well as among children who remain at home, the stress and emotional demands of caregiving is associated with heightened depression, anxiety, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, behavioral problems, and family violence. In addition to the Rand Study, a recent statewide needs assessment conducted by William James College has demonstrated a strong need for increased awareness about military families among workers in the many veteran organizations that serve them. This one-day conference will explore the unique values, culture, and experiences of military families, as well as the power of their role in veterans’ readjustment and recovery. Professionals and paraprofessional helpers attending this conference will also learn about contemporary programs to help military families, along with workplace strategies for bringing meaningful relief to the spouses, parents, and children of our nation’s warriors.

Specific Learning Objectives

1. Identify three ways that military and veteran families differ from civilian families in their organization, perspective, and values.
2. Discuss the manner in which military deployment necessitates flexible family role distribution.
3. Specify the unique contributions of family members (spouses, children, parents, siblings) to the recovery efforts of veterans returning from war.
4. Enumerate three specific ways that caregivers for struggling veterans can be supported to maintain their own well-being.
5. Describe three key features of recent research concerning the treatment needs of military caregivers and their families.

Program Code: MMVF
Credits: 6
Price: $140 with CE Credits, $70 no CE Credits
Networking lunch included!


  • When

  • Friday, April 27, 2018
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • William James College
    1 Wells Avenue
    Newton, Massachusetts 02459

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