"Caring For America's Children: Military Youth in Time of War by Dr. Lemmon and Dr. Chartrand
Courage to Care, Courage to Talk.....About War Injuries
Pediatrics study finds military deployment increases mental health complaints in children
The AAP also offers an article for military families on deployment
Resources for Youth Serving Professionals Caring for Children and Adolescents with Deployed Military Parents
Courage to Care, Courage to Talk...About War Injuries.
WHAT: Courage to Care Courage to Talk is a military health campaign, the
first of its kind, to raise awareness and foster communication around
the impact of war injuries on military families and children. The
campaign seeks to connect families to existing resources and individuals
in healthcare and family support services within hospital,
rehabilitative and community settings who can answer their questions,
talk with them about their children, or address other family or
communication concerns related to the injury.
WHY: Expert consensus and professional involvement with this population
have shown a need to reach out to military families and children of the
wounded many of who visit and/or stay in or near hospitals and
rehabilitation facilities for extended periods of time, or reside in
communities that may or may not have resources that address
communication issues around injuries and their impact. Courage to Care
Courage to Talk acknowledges the important role that families play in
the injury recovery process and the importance of family resilience,
sustained parenting and appropriate communication with children of all
ages to ensure their healthy development.
HOW: Courage to Care Courage to Talk provides professionally printed
materials developed by the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
(CSTS). These materials (in English and Spanish) include posters,
brochures and tabletops - a reduced scale poster mounted on cardboard
with a plastic holder for the brochures. A dedicated website,
www.couragetotalk.org features educational resources and information on
using these materials within hospital, rehabilitative and community
settings where injured service members receive their care.
This campaign has been endorsed by DCOE for Psychological Health and TBI
and is listed on their website as a Resource for Families
The Child and Family Trauma Program
The Child and Family Trauma Program (CFTP) of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS), the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) established and maintains professional expertise in military and civilian family and child violence and trauma exposure that is designed to answer questions and to develop community, family and child based strategies for intervention that would foster health and well being.
Stephen J. Cozza, MD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Associate Director of The Center of the Study of Traumatic Stress, provides the following information on the Child and Family program.
The following files are in Adobe format
Click Here to download the complete Executive Summary and full transcript of the proceedings of the Workgroup on Intervention with Combat Injured Families.
PTSD – Children and War
Military Family Research Institute
Supporting Troops and Their Families
National Military Family Association
Military Child Education Coalition
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Ferguson-Cohen, Michelle Daddy, You're My Hero! // Mommy, You're My Hero! (2005). [for kids ages 4-8]
LaGreca A et al Helping Children Cope with the Challenges of War and Terrorism. [for kids ages 7-12]. 7-Dippity. Entire Book is available for download: Helping Children Cope (PDF). Supplement (for using with school classes or groups): Supplement (PDF).
Robertson, Rachel Deployment Journal for Kids (2005)
Sherman, MD Sherman DM Finding My Way: A Teen’s Guide to Living with a Parent who has Experienced Trauma (2005) [for kids ages 12-18] (available at www.seedsofhopebooks.com)
Sherman, MD Sherman, DM Edina, MN: I’m not alone: A teen’s guide to living with a parent who has a mental illness. (2006). Beaver’s Pond Press. (available at www.seedsofhopebooks.com)
Spinelli, Eileen & Graef, Renee While You Are Away (2004). [Picture book for children whose parents are deployed; ages 4-8]
Sportelli-Rehak , Angela Uncle Sam’s Kids: When Duty Calls. (2003). [for kids ages 5-11 focusing on deployment issues]
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Armstrong K, Best S , & Domenici P. Courage after fire: Coping strategies for returning soldiers and their families. (2005). Ulysses Press.
Cantrell B & Dean C Down range: To Iraq and back. (2005). Washington: WordSmith Books.
Collier, Dianne (of Canada) Heroes at Home: Help and Hope for America's Military Families (2002).
Henderson, Kristin While They're at War: The True Story of American Families on the Home front (2006).
Kay, Ellie Trust After Trauma: A Guide to Relationships for Survivors and Those Who Love Them. (1998) Aphrodite Matsakis
Martin JA, Rosen LN, and Sparaceno LR (eds): The Military Family: A Practical Guide for Human Service Providers , Praeger, Westport, Conn. 2000
Pavlicin KM: Surviving Deployment: A Guide for Military Families Elva Resa Publishing Saint Paul, Minn 2003
Vandesteeg C: When Duty Calls: A Guide to Equip Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve Personnel and Their Loved Ones for Military Separations WinePress Publishing Enumclaw, WA 2001
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Goodman RF: Caring for Kids After Trauma and Death: A Guide for Parents and Professionals by The Institute for Trauma and Stress at the NYU Child Study Center, 2002 can be accessed at www.militarystudent.org
Hardaway T: Treatment of Psychological Trauma in Children of Military Families in Mass Trauma and Violence: Helping Families and Children Cope (Webb NB-ed) The Guilford Press, New York, pp259-282
Stafford EM and Grady BA: Military Family Support Pediatric Annals Vol 32 No 2 pp110-115 (Feb 03)
Stafford EM: Challenging Times: Pediatricians should be prepared to support needs of children in military families AAP NEWS, Vol 22 No 6 April 2003
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MFRI Final Report (June 2005)
Navy Project by Lt. Commander Mary White
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