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Military and Veteran Providers Attending to Risks for Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19: A Guided Reflection

Download Files May 14, 2020

This webinar outlines the military and veteran support workforce response to risks for abuse and neglect during the COVID 19 pandemic.

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Intended audience: Military and civilian leaders, supervisors and directors assigned to military family services and support programs

Key Issues/Concerns:

  • Addressing social isolation of military families particularly during deployments as increased risk for high levels of stress and potential abuse and neglect
  • Risk for abuse and neglect as trauma may be triggered for families experiencing reintegration or for veteran parents given the current pandemic
  • Limitations on staff who may be working under restrictive social distancing protocols and relying on virtual interactions or phone contacts to maintain support and connection with military/veteran families with young children
  • The importance of reflective practice for military family support professionals to increase greater awareness and responsivity to the families in their care and to minimize risk of vicarious traumatization and compassion fatigue in the workforce -Resources specific to military/veteran family support

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