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Family Systems Trends and Transitions: What They Mean For Military Families

Tuesday Jan 14, 2020 at 11:00 am-12:30 pm EST


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About This Webinar:

This webinar is part 1 of 2 on Family Systems.

Families are changing in response to large global trends. Military families are experiencing the same transitions which may be compounded by military service. Demographic changes will be discussed and the implications on family systems. Participants will discuss their views of these changes, both personally and professionally.


  • Identify family systems trends and changes
  • Examine implications of trends and transitions for family resilience
  • Compare global trends with military family systems
  • Describe implications for military family transitions and the Family Readiness System

Family Systems, Part 2
Focusing on Co-parenting: Strengthening Diverse Military Family Systems  


Karen ShirerKaren Shirer, Ph.D. serves as Educational Program Specialist for MFLN Family Transitions. In this role, she provides content expertise to support the development of learn events, scholarly manuscripts, and facilitation of webinars.  She has 45 years of experience as an educator, manager, researcher, and administrator for family strengthening education programs in both formal and non-formal settings. In her previous Extension position before retiring, she provided statewide leadership for Extension programs in human development, health and nutrition, and financial empowerment education. Dr. Shirer’s research interests include family education program development, working families, and other efforts that strengthen individual and family resilience. Her primary work focuses on designing curricula and program interventions for low-income families, most recently for unmarried parents to help them parent together.

Ellie MEllie  McCann is Family Resiliency Extension Educator and Professor since September 2003. Ellie’s work focuses on improving the quality of families’ lives through times of transition. Ellie has developed and taught numerous classes, trainings, and curricula to professionals and parents, including the Parents Forever™ divorce education program and Parenting in the Age of Overindulgence, an online course. Prior to her work with Extension, Ellie worked with children and families in both community agencies and university settings. Ellie earned a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and is a Certified Family Life Educator.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

A certificate of completion is available for this webinar.

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