Preparing to deploy

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Military parents can do themselves a huge service by taking the extra time to prepare for deployments or other training trips or missions, or any other time a service member is going to be out of the home. One of the things they can do is just spend time getting on the same page with the rules. Make a list of what the household rules are and figure out which ones are absolutes, that cannot change. Maybe that is something around safety. We are still not allowed to hit, even though dad is gone. Also make a list of things there might be flexibility on. It might be typical for the family to have dinner at 6:30. Maybe for deployment, that needs to become flexible or maybe bedtime can shift by 15 or 20 minutes. Making sure that the parent that is here providing the day-to-day care can be flexible and they can shift some of those roles and routines as they see fit. They can make the absent parent aware of those by email or cards and keep them involved and up-to-date about what parenting decisions have been made.
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Catherine Mogil, PsyD

Family Trauma Therapist

Dr. Catherine E. Mogil is an assistant clinical professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the director of training and intervention development for the Nathanson Family Resilience Center and as the co-director of the Child and Family Trauma Service.

Dr. Mogil is also a consultant for the National Military Family Association's Operation Purple Family Retreats, the Uniformed Services University, and a special military project with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Her recent research focuses on the effects of multiple deployments on military families, including the role of parental functioning on childhood mental health. Working with children of all developmental stages, Dr. Mogil has been involved in several intervention development and translational research projects that examine the efficacy of parent-assisted interventions for infants and toddlers in foster care, school-aged children with developmental disabilities, and adolescents with autism spectrum and other disorders.

Dr. Mogil is certified in parent-child interaction therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and leadership education in neurodevelopmental disabilities. She received her doctorate from Pepperdine University and completed her clinical internship at UCLA. Dr. Mogil also completed a postdoctoral fellowship specializing in the prevention and treatment of child and family traumatic stress at the University of Southern California and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

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