November 2019

Here, First Sergeant!”

Read about the moving experience of attending a deployment Activation Ceremony, in a recent blog post by Sara Croymans, MEd, AFC.

First Sergeant Breen read off the names of each deploying Service member, who in turn stood up from where they were sitting with family members, and responded “Here, First Sergeant!” The Service members walked to the front of the gymnasium to shake hands with the dignitaries and  then returned to their families, but remained standing. For me, this was so symbolic of who was giving the greatest sacrifice. Earlier in the ceremony, Governor Noem quoted the great Teddy Roosevelt speech, “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

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PCS Caregiving – Ep. 2: Stages of Grief

Stages of Grief’ is the second 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, talks about signs of grief caregivers may face with regards to loss.


Moving Toward Inclusive Practice – Seeking out Stories

In this episode, Dr. Phibbs discusses the sphere of seeking out stories as we move toward inclusive practice.  Through her research, sharing stories and examples, she guides the listener to see why cultural competence is important for helping professionals.  Dr. Phibbs asks the listener to think about “What are the stories I tell myself?”, to help us understand how we internalize stories.