August 2020

Be a part of our newest programming opportunity: the Military Families Readiness Academy! 

Readiness is essential not only for a robust military, but for the well-being of military families. The Military Family Readiness Academy is a new virtual learning opportunity for professionals helping military families navigate the unique context of military life. The free professional development offered through the Academy is designed for military family service providers working in any field, with any organization. 

The Academy is an annual live programming series with special learning and engagement opportunities suitable for individuals, groups, and organizations. Shortly after completion, each live series is offered as an asynchronous course that can be completed at your convenience. The Academy presents a new series each calendar year that takes a multidisciplinary approach to a complex issue faced by military family service providers in their work.

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The inaugural Military Family Readiness Academy series, Disaster and Hazard Readiness Foundations, focuses on the unique needs of military families in the context of disaster and hazard readiness. Service members and their families experience added stressors and challenges in the face of disasters and hazards. What does military family readiness look like during these event lifecycles? 

Join us as we explore this complex issue in two parts, offered in fall 2020 and winter 2021. The 2020 Academy provides a foundational overview of disaster and hazard readiness relevant to military family service providers working in any field. 

The 2021 Academy focuses on implementing the unique skills and resources military family service providers need as they manage disasters and hazards within their professional fields. Both series prioritize on-the-ground strategy and action, with sessions spaced over time to maximize the learning experience. Special (optional) activities offered during and between series keep participants engaged, thinking, and in communication with one another. Stayed tuned for more information! 

August Webinars – RSVP today!

  • Communications: Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood 
    Personal Finance Managers provide counseling to many different military families going through difficult financial situations. Using communication skills effectively is vital to the success of their work with clients. This webinar will discuss ways to most effectively communicate with clients so that strategies for positive change can be put into action, and clients can achieve their goals.
  • Back to School: Special Needs & Social Distancing
    School children with special needs faced unusual disruption to the end of their school year in May/June 2020; and, teachers, parents, and caregivers scrambled to turn the living room into a classroom. In this webinar, we aim to provide resources to service providers so that they may help parents and caregivers work with teachers to address these questions. 
  • Using Evidence-Based Programs to Best Support Military Families: An Intro to the Continuum of Evidence 
    In order to help improve the health and well-being of families, this webinar will provide professionals with information about evidence-based programs and how it can be used to support them in making informed decisions based on individual needs, circumstances, and resources. Professionals will learn about available resources that can support them throughout their practice.
  • Keeping Our Brains Healthy as We Age
    This webinar will present strategies for nourishment to promote healthy brain aging. Emphasis will be placed on recommendations for brain-healthy dietary patterns and understanding some specific diet choices that work for vs. against brain health during aging.

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Supporting the Unique Mental Health Needs of Military Women
Mental health is an essential and critical component to an individual’s overall health and wellbeing. The way in which women in the military respond to various events is different. As we consider supporting the mental health needs of all military women alike, we must first understand that these women will likely face unique circumstances. 

Culturally-Sensitive Practices
In the arena of nutrition and dietetics, concerns over being sensitive to culture become magnified. Fortunately, there has been a lot of focus on identifying ways that dietitians and other health professionals can promote greater cultural understanding in their lives and practice.

Parenting and PTSD: A Guide for Working with Military Families
Compounded with common parenting responsibilities, service members, and their families experience added stressors such as deployments, frequent moves, family transitions, and mental health issues. As we consider the ways that military and parenting responsibilities intersect, we also punctuate the impact of these life experiences on the mental health of the entire family system.

Centers for Independent Living – Transitioning to Adulthood
The MFLN Military Caregiving concentration area is launching their 9-part video blog (vlog) series on ‘Centers for Independent Living – Transitioning to Adulthood’ soon!

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New Podcast Episodes!

Transformational Relationships | Practicing Connections in a Complex World

practicing Connection podcast graphicIn this episode, hosts Jessica Beckendorf and Bob Bertsch explore the ideas and practices related to transformational relationships. What makes a relationship transformational? How is it different from other relationships? What can we do to make our relationships more transformational?


Helping Student Veterans and Family Members Achieve their Goals of Pursuing Higher Education

In this Let’s Talk Transitions! podcast, I chat with Mr. Brian Locke, the Director of the G.V. Sonny Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans, located at Mississippi State University. Our conversation is centered on Mr. Locke’s role as the Director and how he and his staff help student Veterans and family members achieve the goal of pursuing higher education. This episode concludes with Mr. Locke sharing helping strategies for working with student Veterans and family members, such as developing trust when offering support.