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Asset-based Community Recovery Workshops

Tue March 2nd: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm EST

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About this Workshop:

The pandemic has shown us that we can’t do anything alone, including serving military families. The resilience and recovery of individuals and communities depends on social connection and working together. The Asset-based Community Recovery Framework challenges us to consider how COVID-19 has disrupted our communities, what has emerged, and what has been revealed by recognizing gifts, fostering connections, and telling stories. This framework is a different disaster recovery model because it is a bottom-up approach. It allows individuals, associations, organizations/non-profits, businesses, and municipalities to think about what role people and communities play moving forward. 

Share your ideas and successes with us.

Contribute your voice, experiences, and lessons learned to this workshop! Engage in practicing connection and collaboration while creating a shared resource we can all use in our work with families and address the challenges we face from multiple perspectives. 

Through this workshop you can discover the assets and capacities of your community to make our military families more resilient and aid in their recovery after a disaster.

Learning Objectives

In these workshops we will:

  • Practice a multiple-perspective, community approach to building readiness and resilience for ourselves, our organizations, and the people we serve.
  • Apply the Asset-based Community Recovery Framework to find ways to better support military family readiness and resilience in the face of complex disasters like the pandemic.
  • Design resources we can all use to inform our work with families and address the challenges we face from multiple perspectives.

Workshop Schedule

Brief introductions – Get familiar with our Zoom platform and the facilitators of this workshop.

Discussion of the Asset-based Community Recovery FrameworkA brief overview of the key elements of the Asset-based Recovery Framework and the questions we will address in our small group conversations.

Small group conversationsSmall breakout groups give participants the opportunity to share what they’ve learned and hear from others in a safe, supportive environment.

Regroup to harvest what was learned in breakout rooms and discussGraphic recorder Sherrill Knezel will use hand-drawn images, words and color to capture the key takeaways that emerge from the small group conversations. As each group shares their key takeaways, Sherrill will record them live. The resulting graphic will become the foundation of a resource military families service providers can use to start using elements of asset-based community recovery in their work.

Discussion of the graphic reportingThis discussion will give participants an opportunity to react to the graphic reporting by discussing takeaways that may have been missed, clarifying examples gathered in the small group conversations, and sharing new ideas that may have been sparked by the graphic recording.




Image of Sherrill KnezelSherrill Knezel is a graphic recorder, illustrator, and art educator based in Milwaukee, WI where she uses her expertise in visual literacy, visual expression, and graphic recording to help organizations tell the heart of their story through images and text. She is the founder of Meaningful Marks LLC, a graphic recording firm that focuses on using the power of visuals to support nonprofits, educators, and corporate sector clients in conversations around racism, inclusion, and creating generative change in their communities.

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

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Continuing Education

The Military Families Learning Network has been approved for the following Continuing Education (CE) credits:

  • 2.0 CE credits from the National Council on Family Relations for Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE)
  • Programming approval for 2.0 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.
  • A Certificate of Completion will be available.

Workshop Materials

Workshop Slides (PDF)

Graphic Recording – February 3rd Workshop

Graphic Recording – February 23rd Workshop

Graphic Recording – March 2nd Workshop

Discussion Worksheet (PDF)

Workshop Promotional Flyer (PDF)

2021 Academy Series Flyer (PDF)

This workshop 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.

Visit the Series Homepage

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