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Web-based Tools Help Military Children Manage Stress

Experts on child psychology and Internet tools will discuss Web and mobile programs that can help military children cope with stress during the next Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) webinar scheduled March 19.

Research finds that frequent transitions such as moving, family member separations and the cumulative effects of multiple deployments can cause psychological distress in children. Age-appropriate web- and mobile-based tools help teach military children how to cope with these unique psychological challenges.

One such tool is Military Kids Connect, which offers activities, games, videos, and an online community. The website features resilience and coping skills for military children and helps them connect with their peers.

Webinar participants will learn:

  • The dynamics of separation on the military family system
  • The benefits of using web-based and mobile apps as resources in clinical settings to treat military children
  • How to use the Military Kids Connect website as a tool to understand the influence of military culture on military children

Kelly A. Blasko, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Mobile Web Program Lead, Mobile Health Program
National Center for Telehealth & Technology
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

Gregory A. Leskin, Ph.D.
Director, Military and Veteran Families Initiative
National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Los Angeles, California

Robert Ciulla, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Director of Mobile Health Program
National Center for Telehealth and Technology
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

Continuing Education:
Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) March 19, 2015, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

To qualify for receipt of continuing education credit for applicable webinars, eligible participants must create a profile in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System and register for the event on, or before, the event registration deadline. Complete responses to all pre-registration questions are required to be eligible to receive credit for attending this event. For guidance on creating a user account and event registration in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System site, please visit PDF:

The award of credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.

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