Attachment, Trauma, and Clinical Work with Military Service Members

Presented by James R. Corbin, MSW, LSW on 11-20-2015 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern)

Practitioners who work with military service members, veterans, and their families require unique knowledge and skills to effectively work with this challenging yet rewarding clientele. This knowledge includes an understanding of military culture and the deployment cycle, the neurobiology of trauma and attachment difficulties, as well as the unique organizational and systemic challenges facing service members who seek mental health assistance. Professional organizations such as NASW supply providers within the VA system and within the community with ethical and practice guidelines, as well as resources specific to the military and veteran populations.

This web conference will briefly review some of the ethical and practice guidelines contained in the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families, apply them to case examples for discussion, and look specifically at the invisible wounds of war. The presentation will take an in-depth look at the invisible wounds of war and the neurobiological implications of trauma in military service members and their family members. The presenter will discuss vicarious trauma and issues of attachment with children and apply this knowledge to assessment and clinical treatment with military children and their families. The presenter will discuss resources for clinicians who work with military service members and their families. Lastly, the presentation will examine practice and ethical guidelines for work with military families and children.

This web conference is intermediate instructional level and designed to help clinicians:

  1. Identify the provisions of the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families.
  2. Apply these ethical and practice standards to military social work using several clinical case examples.
  3. Explain the invisible wounds of war including PTSD, depression, and suicide.
  4. Discover the neurobiological implications of trauma and apply this knowledge to clinical work with military children and their families.
  5. Determine the unique strengths and factors of risk in clinical work with the military family.
  6. Identify local, regional, and national resources for military children and families.

If you have any questions or concerns about this web conference, or would like more information, please contact us here.

How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. The video portion of the web conference center is not accessible via smartphone or tablet.

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

This event will include lecture and question-and-answer periods. After the live event, a written transcript of the event will be available in the Member's Area. Members of GoodTherapy.org can receive continuing education credits for attending this event by logging in to the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area.

At the conclusion of this event, you will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate. You will need to enter the start and end codes that will be announced at the beginning and end of the presentation. These codes confirm that you attended the entire event. You will be prompted to complete a survey. You will need to complete this online survey within six days of the event. Once you complete the survey, you can download a copy of your CE certificate instantly.

403.5CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Meet the Presenter

James R. Corbin, MSW, LSW

James R. Corbin, MSW, LSW

James Corbin is the co-developer of the Family Center at Temple—a counseling center for military service members and their families—where he is also the Clinical Director and Lead Clinician. Since 2008, he has served as a full-time clinical faculty member and instructor in the graduate school of social work at Temple University and was appointed in 2014 as Assistant Program Director in their School of Social Work. Most recently, he has developed an online Postgraduate Certificate in Military Counseling (CMC) for clinicians who are interested in developing a practice specialization with military populations. For more information on this program, go to the program's page on the Temple University website here or click on the link above.

James received his bachelor of arts degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University, his master’s degree in social work from Temple University, and completed his postgraduate studies at the Clinical Social Work Institute in Washington, D.C. He has worked for over 20 years in the mental health field and is a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania with a specialty in childhood mental illness and individual and family therapy with children, adolescents, and their families. He is a Give An Hour volunteer therapist and active member of the Harrisburg Regional Team of Operation Military Kids (OMK) and PACares, a regional networking team of military service providers. For more information about James and his work, please visit cph.temple.edu/ssa/faculty/james-r-corbin.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA approval applies to all events listed after May 2011.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.