October 2019

Upcoming Thrive Series

MFLN’s Family Development & Early Intervention teams have come together to host our upcoming Thrive Series! This series will consist of webinars and Anchored podcast episodes that are all about the Thrive Initiative, a continuum of parenting programs for parents of children from birth to 18 years of age. The Thrive Initiative was born out of a partnership between The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State University and the Department of Defense Office of Military Community and Family Policy.

The first two webinars in the series will take place on October 29, 2019 and November 19, 2019 starting at 11am EST. Each webinar will explore aspects of the four programs that make up the Thrive Initiative.

We kicked off the series officially with Anchored podcast episode, “An Overview of the Thrive Initiative.” This podcast episode introduces our presenters, Terri Rudy and Dr. Ryan Chesnut, who are both with the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State. Both Terri and Ryan are involved with the development and implementation of programs and projects focused on promoting health among military families, including programs that fall within the Thrive Initiative. CE credits are still available for this podcast episode and a recording of this episode can be found here!

There are several great resources available on the Thrive Initiative’s webpage. Included are blog posts written for parents as well as resources on topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, and mindfulness strategies. You can visit their website to begin familiarizing yourself with the great programs and resources the Thrive Initiative has to offer!

To find out more about the series as a whole and to RSVP for these webinars, visit the MFLN Thrive Series homepage here! Please feel free to share our series flyer with any professional contacts that you feel would be interested in this topic. And as with all our MFLN programming, this series will offer FREE Continuing Education (CE) Credits for providers seeking professional development. This includes CE Credits for licensed social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and case managers, as well as early intervention professionals. Certificates of completion will be available as well to document this training. We hope you join us starting on October 29th for a deep dive into all things THRIVE!

2019 Virtual Conference "Relationships for Readiness"

Thank you for joining us for our 2019 virtual conference, Relationships for Readiness! If you were unable to make it to a session, you can watch the recordings via the homepage! 

Continuing education credits are still valid so don’t miss out on this FREE professional development opportunity!

October Webinars – RSVP today!

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Resource Discovery: Warrior Expeditions
The healing power of nature cannot be understated. There are many great organizations that are infusing exercise and the great outdoors for military service members, veterans, and military families, one of which is Warrior Expeditions. Learn more in this blog post!

Building a Healthy Relationship with Food
As with friendships and romantic relationships, a healthy relationship with food requires thought and effort. What is a healthy relationship with food? Find out in this blog post!

Helping Caregivers with Guilt
As a professional, you hear over and over again caregivers expressing how guilty they feel about something that happened or didn’t happen. They wish they hadn’t reacted the way they did, had been kinder, more loving or hadn’t done what they did. As a professional who works with caregivers be on the look-out for signs of caregivers dealing with guilt.

Resilience Matters for Military Families
In a recent webinar, Dr. Ann Masten spoke about the science of resilience and how it informs our work as military family service professionals. Here are five key takeaways from the webinar on how we, as military family service providers, might support military-connected families.

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PCS Caregiving: Ep 1 – Balancing Loss & Gains

Balancing Loss & Gain’ is the first episode in our PCS Caregiving podcast series where we discuss a variety of family caregiver issues and how helping professionals can better serve military families as they PCS from their role as a spouse, friend, partner, or loved one to a caregiver.

Any kind of loss can make us feel grief. We often only think about grief as a response to death; but, gains and losses happen throughout our lives, in a variety of different situations, and the losses often trigger some form of grief. Tune in as guest speaker, Andrew Crocker, shares how to balance loss and gains and strategies for overcoming grief.


Anchored. Episode 18 | Overview of the THRIVE Initiative

Listen to the podcast to learn more about the parenting programs that are available within the Thrive Initiative, including the online learning modules that are available at no cost. By supporting parents as they learn and practice effective strategies for raising healthy children, the Thrive Initiative fosters Resourceful Parents, Resilient Children, and Ready Families!