Anchored. Episode 18 | An Overview of the Thrive Initiative

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About this Episode

Penn State’s Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness and the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Office of Military Community and Family Policy have partnered to develop the THRIVE initiative. The THRIVE Initiative is a series of parenting programs for parents of children from birth to 18 years of age. 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!

The podcast is part of the Thrive Series hosted by MFLN Family Development and Early Intervention concentration areas. For more information on other trainings on this topic, visit the series homepage!

Thrive Series – Homepage

Guest Bios

Terri Rudy, MPA, is a Research and Evaluation Associate at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness, and the Project Manager for the Resource Center for Improving Family Health Behaviors. Terri has a Master’s in Public Administration and a BA in Psychology from Penn State. Terri has been a part of the Clearinghouse since 2012 and currently manages the outreach and communication efforts for several applied social science research projects. Terri has been involved in the development and implementation of programs and projects focused on promoting health among military families, including the programs that fall within the THRIVE Initiative.

Ryan Chesnut, Ph.D., is an Assistant Research Professor at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State. He earned his PhD in Family Communication from Penn State in 2014. His primary research interests include parent-child interactions, family well-being, and program evaluation. At the Clearinghouse, Dr. Chesnut works on the THRIVE Initiative, which is a suite of strengths-based, developmentally appropriate parenting programs designed to foster parenting competency, family functioning, and child well-being. Dr. Chesnut has been involved in the development, dissemination, and evaluation of the THRIVE programs.

CE Information

1.0 CE for this podcast episode is available through the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work.

These educational hours may be submitted by professionals to meet continuing education requirements for renewal of Social Work, Professional Counselor, and Family Therapist licenses. The UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work is an approved CE provider in all but the following 11 states: Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, and Oklahoma.

*Participants are encouraged to check with their states’ latest licensing rules to confirm reciprocity and CE rules.*

CEs Available

To obtain CEs for this episode, take the evaluation and post-test here.

Additional Materials

This material is based on work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense Award Number 2015-48770-24368.

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