About this Episode
In this podcast Jolaina emphasizes that military transitions involve military Service members and families experiencing change in so many different areas of their lives. Being resilient in times of change involves looking for the positives in a situation. Jolaina encourages Service members, families, and military family service professionals to identify those positives – including the strengths, abilities and talents that Service members and families developed as a result of their experiences. Change can bring opportunities for growth.
Jolaina Falkenstein is a military Service member and a mental health professional. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, she provides individual, couples, and family therapy. In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs, her clinic also provides free services to the Veteran population and their families. Jolaina is a Veteran and served in the Army Reserves for over twenty years with two deployments to the Middle East. Currently, as a Sergeant First Class, she supports the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, a mandated program designed to support and assist Reserve/Guard Service Members and their families through the pre-, during, and post-deployment process.
Resources that Jolaina refers to can be found at: militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/2018/06/30/talking-about-transitions/
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.