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Connecting with Communities in Asset-Based Disaster Recovery

Wed March 31st: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT

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About this Session:

Resilience and recovery for military families depends on the social connection and level of collaboration that exists within the communities they are a part of. Service providers and Extension educators can be critical actors in making connections and forging collaborations to address family and community needs. 

In a series of workshops leading up to this event, service providers and Extension educators used an asset-based recovery approach to reveal their practices and the different ways in which they connected with communities to serve military families in the COVID-19 pandemic response. 

Learn about the Workshops!

In this session, we share the community interconnections and assets that have emerged from the workshops and provide resources for forging the community connections that will help us aid in disaster response and recovery for military families in the future. 

Learning Objectives

In this session, you’ll learn to:

  • Recognize the interdependencies and assets that can contribute to Asset-based Community Recovery.
  • Determine which elements of Asset-based Community Recovery could be applied in your work and/or community.
  • Plan the next steps you can take to forge connections and collaborations that build your community’s capacity to meet the needs of military families when faced with a disaster.

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Image of Jessica BeckendorfJessica Beckendorf became passionate about communities while growing up as a military kid, moving frequently and living in communities of various sizes. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, she proceeded to work in just about every sector of community development – Geographic Information Systems, urban planning and zoning, and economic development. In 2014, Jessica finished her Master of Arts degree in Communications & Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, and began her journey as an educator with the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension where she seeks to bridge her community systems experience with communications and relationship development to build social capital and local leadership for more resilient communities.

Image Bob BertschBob Bertsch has a passion for building human networks, especially those focused on collective action. He has spent more than 20 years working in communications, education and web technology.  He is currently focused on  weaving collaborative networks to build individual, family, and community resilience. Bob has a Masters of Science degree in Extension Education from North Dakota State University Extension Service, where he also works. He is part of the Military Families Learning Network and co-hosts the “Practicing Connections in a Complex World” podcast.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

The Military Families Learning Network will apply for the following Continuing Education (CE) credits:

  • 1.5 CE credits from the National Council on Family Relations for Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE)
  • Programming approval for 1.5 CE credits will be obtained for Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists from the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work.

This session will also offer a certificate of completion.

Please revisit this page for updated information on the approval status for the above CE credits.

Session Materials

Session Flyer (PDF)

This session is part of the 2021 Military Family Readiness Academy series entitled Disaster and Hazard Readiness in Action. Participants can choose from a range of sessions that will prepare providers to support the readiness and wellbeing of military families during disasters and hazards in areas such as caregiving, children and family needs, nutrition, and finances.

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