Suzanne B. Phillips, Psy.D. ABPP, CGP
Madelyn Miller Ph.D., LCSW, CGP
Jessica Koblenz, Psy.D
Women play a critical role in the military. Twenty percent of all new recruits are women, fifteen percent of active duty military, and more than eleven percent of the forces deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan are women. Yet, military women face a number of challenges that are well documented, from the rigors of working in a male-oriented culture, to the dimensions of military sexual violence with long lasting impact (Kang, Mahan, & Ishii, 2004; McFarland & Huguet, 2010). Given these challenges, an added problem for women is difficulty finding high quality, accessible, and gender-specific health and mental health services while in the military and on return to civilian life (Thorpe, 2014; Holmstedt, 2008; Benedict, 2010).
The presenters will highlight findings and share from the wealth of experiences, comments and impressions offered by these impressive military women. The presenters will particularly underscore the clinical implications of the findings when providing or planning for the physical and/or mental health care of military women. There will be time for questions and discussion.
Dr. Suzanne B Phillips is a psychologist, psychoanalyst and certified group therapist. She is Adjunct Full Professor of Clinical Psychology LIU Post, N.Y. Dr. Phillips has provided services nationally and internationally for trauma and disaster. In February 2008, as Community Outreach Chair of AGPA, she gave testimony before Congress for the needs of military and their families. Yearly she runs AGPA's Camp Galaxy for military children at the 106th Rescue Squad, Westhampton, NY. She is the co-author of three books, most recently Healing Together: A Couple's Guide to coping with Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress. She is the Host of Psych Up Live on Voiceamerica online radio, and is a Soldiers Project Clinician.
Dr. Madelyn Miller specializes in working with adult survivors of trauma and loss in her psychotherapy practice and community work, teaches and trains on these issues, and supports the well-being and resourcefulness of colleagues and programs closely engaged with survivors and their communities. She is Adjunct Associate Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work Master's Program and Advanced Clinical Practice Certificate Program. Since 1997 she chairs the Disaster Trauma Committee at NYC-NASW. She is engaged in disaster work with a variety of programs.
Dr. Jessica Koblenz is a licensed clinical psychologist. She worked in Holliswood Hospital's Military Wellness Program, and with the affiliated Hope for the Warriors Family Program. Formerly, she was the Director of PSCH's Outpatient Clinic in Canarsie, Brooklyn. She specializes in qualitative research, trauma and bereavement. She currently works at Harlem Hospital Center's Outpatient Department, is an Adjunct professor at Alfred University, and is in Private Practice in Astoria, Queens.
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