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Parenting During Times of Transition Part 1 - Challenges, Opportunities, and Resources for Parents Living with PTSD

This is a free professional development webinar presented by MFLN Family Transitions

BEFORE THE WEBINAR, please complete these two steps: 

1. Download the presentation slides from this page (located under "Event Materials").

2. View this one-minute clip with veteran Rick Collier (upper left hand corner) -

Few transitions impact families more than when a service member returns home with a physical or psychological wound. This webinar will provide tools and resources to help Veteran parents living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) talk about their feelings and experiences with their children.


  • Understand the impact of parental PTSD on youth

  • Increase awareness of resources for veteran parents and their children regarding parental PTSD

  • Reflect upon ways in which providers can support veterans in their role as parents

How to Join the Webinar:

You may connect via the Department of Defense Connect system or Ustream. For tech support for either system, email us at

  • Connect (direct interaction with presenters and audience)

    • To get the URL for the webinar, register in the grey box at the top-right of this page.

  • Ustream (broadcast only, limited interaction)


Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D.   is a licensed clinical psychologist who has dedicated her career to supporting families affected by mental illness, deployment and PTSD/trauma. While working in the VA healthcare system for 17 years, she developed family education programs that were recognized as national best practices and are being implemented at VAs across the country. She now works at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in the REACH Program, doing research on military families.

Dr. Sherman graduated from the University of Notre Dame and later earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Dr. Sherman has worked extensively with families dealing with a range of traumatic experiences, including military combat, domestic violence, and sexual assault. She co-chaired the American Psychological Association's (APA) Presidential Task Force on Military Deployment Services for Youth, Families and Service Members, and is a Fellow of the APA Division 43 (Society of Family Psychology).

In her personal life, she writes books for teens affected by parental trauma/mental illness, including Finding My Way: A Teen's Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has Experienced Trauma (

Participants will earn a Certificate of Completion -

After viewing the webinar, scroll down to the bottom of this page where you will find a link under "Evaluation". After completing the evaluation, you will be prompted to fill out information needed for your Certificate of Completion. A certificate will then be emailed to you.

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