Tuesday, November 12, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 PM ET
David P. Mikkelson, Ph.D., M.Div., grew up in a military family and served as a Marine Corps artillery officer and Army Chaplain for 29 years. He has counseled hundreds of soldiers and families affected by combat, and clinically supervised dozens of pastoral counselors. Dr. Mikkelson has a private practice in Forest, Virginia, as a marriage and family therapist, clinical supervisor, and consultant.
Suzanne Mikkelson, Ph.D., is a military spouse with more than 20 years of Christian counseling experience with military families. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, an EMDR Consultant, and currently serves as the Program Director for Marriage & Family Counseling at Liberty University.
Modern warfare has significantly impacted a generation of warriors and their families. Beyond the physical wounds of battle, families may face post-traumatic stress, depression, anger, and strained relationships. A career military couple leads this discussion on how key elements of military culture powerfully shape the ways warriors and families face these challenges. Licensed clinicians, pastors, and other helpers will find practical, faith-based ideas for effective ministry to military clients and their families.
- Identify several unique, but influential, military cultural dynamics and modern warfare stressors that impact warriors and how military families face stress
- Identify effective mental health treatments for PTSD, as well as practical actions churches can take to minister to military members and families successfully
- Explore useful ways mental health professionals and pastors, including those with no military background, can improve their effectiveness with the military community