For Mental Health/Medical/Child Welfare Professionals

For more than a decade after 9/11, United States military families faced historic stressors in conjunction with the deployment of service members to overseas operations. Most military families have coped remarkably well both during and after extended separations and even repeated deployments. Many other military families are still struggling with the effects of uncertainty, change, and loss while serving.

“Testifying in court can be a difficult and stressful experience for clinicians. But judges and lawyers are not experts in child development or the impact of trauma on children. The knowledge clinicians bring to bear is essential if the legal system is to have any hope of making sound decisions that will serve children’s interests. By educating the court through testifying, clinicians provide an invaluable service to the legal system and, most importantly, to children.”

Frank E. Vandervort

Clinical Professor of Law

University of Michigan Law School

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