Supporting Military Couple Relationships

 

by Anita Harris Hering

In fall of 2020, the Department of Defense, Military Community and FamilyRe the We logo Policy launched the relationship campaign, Re the We, to help military couples rekindle, retool, and repair their relationships or reset in healthy ways when a relationship ends. Re the We connects military community members to expert help and a wealth of resources through Military OneSource and the Military and Family Life Counseling program.

The following resources support military couples and parent/child relationships

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Military couples and families experience unique challenges with frequent relocation, deployment, and reintegration. Strong military couple relationships require an investment of time and effort and are vital in maintaining mission and family readiness. Join MFLN Family Transitions for the 5-Part Series in 2021-22, A Close Look at Relationships: Supporting Military Couples. This webinar series shares research on the impact of military life on families, as well as tools and resources for service professionals to assist military couples and families in strengthening relationships.

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Nov 10, 2021,  Destigmatizing Help-Seeking for Military Couples, Kelly Smith, Program Analyst, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Military Community and Family Policy

Dec 8, 2021, The Relationship Checkup: Support for Military Couples, Dr. James Cordova, Professor of Psychology at Clark University and Director of the Relationship Checkup Program in Worcester, Massachusetts   and Kelly Smith, Program Analyst, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Military Community and Family Policy

Feb 1, 2022, Millennium Cohort Family Study: The Impact of Military Life, Valerie Stander, research psychologist at the Naval Health Research Center, and the PI of the Millennium Cohort Family Study, Hope McMaster, Ph.D. research psychologist with the Millennium Cohort Family Study, and Jacqueline Pflieger, Ph.D. Senior Research Psychologist at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego, CA.

April 12, 2022, Military Children’s Family Relationships, Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University. Director of the Center for Families, and Director for the Military Family Research Institute, and Shawn Whiteman, Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Utah State University

May 12, 2022, The Relationship Changes of Military Couples During Reintegration, Lynne Knobloch-Fedders, assistant professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Marquette University, and a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in couple and family therapy

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