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Military Children’s Family Relationships

April 12, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

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About This Webinar

The well-being of military children depends heavily on the quality of their relationships with their parents and siblings.  This presentation will focus on evidence about the role of military service in shaping children’s family relationships, how those relationships connect to their well-being and adjustment, and how practitioners can use this evidence to support military families. 

Participants will:

    • Understand the history of military policies and their influence on the characteristics of the service force and military families
    • Identify the demographics of children in military families
    • Understand the challenges and resilience that children in military families demonstrate
    • Identify how deployments shape children’s adjustment directly and indirectly through the family environment

NOTE: This is the fourth of five webinars within the Supporting Military Couples series.


Shawn Whiteman, PhDShawn D. Whiteman, Ph.D.  is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Utah State University. Utilizing an ecological perspective, Shawn’s research investigates the connections between family socialization processes and youth’s health and socioemotional adjustment. He is specifically interested in the implications of youth’s sibling relationships for their health and well-being.

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth is a Image of Shelley M. MacDermid Wadsworth, guest speaker of podcast episode Distinguished Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University, where she directs the Center for Families, as well as the Military Family Research Institute, which she co-founded. Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth’s primary research interest is the relationship between work conditions and family life, with a special focus on military families.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit and Certificate of Attendance

Continuing Education

OneOp Family Transitions has been granted approval for the following Continuing Education (CE) credits:

  • Social Work , Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: Programming approval for 1.5 CE credits for Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work.
  • Certified Family Life Educators (CFLEs): Approval for 1.5 Contact Hours from the National Council on Family Relations to CFLE’s.
  • Certificate of completion will also be available for providers interested in documenting their training activities.

Event Materials

Webinar Slides | PDF

Webinar Flyer | PDF

Relationship Series Flyer

two individuals tending to a plant representing a relationshipThis webinar is part of the A Close Look at Relationships: Supporting Military Couples series, which 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.


April 12, 2022
11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
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How To Join

Complete the registration form with your name, email address, and how you learned about this webinar. You should receive a confirmation email shortly after with the connection information. Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions or need technical support.

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More Info

On-Demand Webinars
Continuing Education Credits Available
A Close Look at Relationships: Supporting Military Couples
Relationship Series -- -A Close Look at Relationships: Supporting Military Couples