Event Support

Event Support Event Curriculum

The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Center for Excellence has teamed with the Penn State Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness to provide our military families with high-quality resources that have been reviewed and considered to be the best of their kind based on several criteria. Each of the resources provided below has been vetted for relevance, organization, ease of use, and resource content. All resources listed are also free to use; however, some of the online resources may require registration to access some of their features.

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Acing the Interview

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment How long has it been since you went to a job interview? Does thinking about it make you nervous? Have you interviewed multiple times without getting the job and don’t understand why? Don’t miss this lesson as it introduces helpful ... [More]
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Acing the Interview

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment

How long has it been since you went to a job interview? Does thinking about it make you nervous? Have you interviewed multiple times without getting the job and don’t understand why?

Don’t miss this lesson as it introduces helpful information and tips concerning preparation for job interviews. This lesson offers exercises that will allow you hands-on practice for the most demanding interview questions. It will give you a better understanding of the interview process and how to feel confident when facing an interviewer.

Class Length: 90 minutes

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Address your Stress – 3 versions

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment Stress is like an iceberg. We can see 1/8th of it above the surface, but what about what’s below? Don’t let the iceberg sink you! As you are preparing for the upcoming deployment, are you experiencing stress? Does it seem that stress is ... [More]
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Address your Stress – 3 versions

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment

Stress is like an iceberg. We can see 1/8th of it above the surface, but what about what’s below? Don’t let the iceberg sink you! As you are preparing for the upcoming deployment, are you experiencing stress? Does it seem that stress is taking over your life? What can you do to reduce this stress so you can better concentrate on the deployment that lies ahead?.

This lesson discusses the basics of stress: what stress is, the effect of stress on the body and mind, and the difference between real and perceived stress. You will have the opportunity to practice the coping technique of relaxation breathing.

Class Length: 30 or 45 or 60 minutes

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Are You Ready? Being Prepared for Deployment

Pre-deployment Did I remember to close the garage door? Are my bills getting paid? Do I know where to find everything if I need it? Effective preparation for deployment allows you to be fully focused on the mission downrange and prepared for things at home. This lesson discusses the following ... [More]
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Are You Ready? Being Prepared for Deployment

Pre-deployment

Did I remember to close the garage door? Are my bills getting paid? Do I know where to find everything if I need it? Effective preparation for deployment allows you to be fully focused on the mission downrange and prepared for things at home.

This lesson discusses the following considerations for planning and preparing for deployment – legal, medical, financial, familial, emergency and civilian workplace matters.

This lesson is the first in a series of two lessons designed to help with planning and preparation for pre and post deployment. [Are you Ready? Being Prepared for Deployment (Pre) and Renegotiating a New Normal after Deployment (Post)]

Class Length: 45 minutes

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Before You Take Off: Financial Planning for Deployment

Pre-Deployment Getting your finances in order before you deploy is key – whether it is your first deployment or your third deployment. What are some of the questions about finances during deployment that are swirling around in your head? What do you need to make sure you have done financially ... [More]
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Before You Take Off: Financial Planning for Deployment

Pre-Deployment

Getting your finances in order before you deploy is key – whether it is your first deployment or your third deployment. What are some of the questions about finances during deployment that are swirling around in your head? What do you need to make sure you have done financially before you deploy?

This lesson will help you recognize and implement effective financial planning for deployment including identifying legal documents, developing spending plans, evaluating savings options, and protecting yourself from identity theft.

This lesson is the first in a series of two lessons for pre-deployment and post deployment financial planning. [Before You Take Off: Financial Planning for Deployment (Pre) and Hit the Ground Running: Financial Planning after Deployment (Post)].

Class Length: 45-60 minutes

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Building and Strengthening Your Personal Support Network

Pre-deployment Who is there for you when you have a crisis at 2 o’clock in the morning? Are the people in your support network able to provide all the support you need? Is your support network made up of more than just individuals? How can you build your personal support network? This lesson ... [More]
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Building and Strengthening Your Personal Support Network

Pre-deployment

Who is there for you when you have a crisis at 2 o’clock in the morning? Are the people in your support network able to provide all the support you need? Is your support network made up of more than just individuals? How can you build your personal support network?

This lesson covers the importance of a personal support network and discusses how to develop and use a personal support network.

Class Length: 45 minutes

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Connecting to Other Military Families

Pre-deployment or During Deployment Do you feel like others “don’t get this deployment thing” or “what you are going through”? Are you thinking about what it will be like when your Service member deploys and would feel better if you talked to someone who understands the military? Do you ... [More]
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Connecting to Other Military Families

Pre-deployment or During Deployment

Do you feel like others “don’t get this deployment thing” or “what you are going through”? Are you thinking about what it will be like when your Service member deploys and would feel better if you talked to someone who understands the military? Do you know you aren’t alone, and there are others who “have been there and done that” and can help you?

If you are looking for tips, techniques, and strategies to connect to others who have or are experiencing deployment and military life, this is the lesson for you! It will introduce helpful tools and strategies for Service members and their families to use prior to deployment to connect with other military families. Connecting to other military families is very beneficial. You will identify its benefits and develop a plan to build and maintain relationships to enhance connections to other Service members and their families before and during deployment!

Class Length: 60 minutes

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Contemporary Job Search

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment This class teaches participants how to establish a job target based on their transferable skills and discusses how to effectively search for jobs. Participants engage in self-reflection exercises to help clarify and solidify their job target. ... [More]
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Contemporary Job Search

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment

This class teaches participants how to establish a job target based on their transferable skills and discusses how to effectively search for jobs. Participants engage in self-reflection exercises to help clarify and solidify their job target. Participants also learn job search strategies for designing a strategic, personalized job search plan, which may help them find jobs that match their skills and interests.

Class Length: 60 minutes

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Creating a Family Communications Plan

Pre-deployment Are you concerned about how you will communicate during deployment? What are your goals for communication? What are other family members’ goals? How and what will you communicate? This lesson focuses on the Service member, spouse, and children. It highlights the pros and cons ... [More]
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Creating a Family Communications Plan

Pre-deployment

Are you concerned about how you will communicate during deployment? What are your goals for communication? What are other family members’ goals? How and what will you communicate?

This lesson focuses on the Service member, spouse, and children. It highlights the pros and cons of different communication methods, as well as identifies the potential conflicts in people’s communication goals and strategies that might cause frustrations and difficulties during deployment. You will be able to develop a communication plan based on your available communication methods, as well as your individual communication needs and goals within the family context.

This lesson is the first in a series of two lessons for pre and post deployment. [Creating a Family Communication Plan (Pre) and Family Communication around Household Roles and Responsibilities (Post)].

Class Length: 60 minutes

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Dealing with Deployment as Teens

Pre-deployment or During Deployment My teen seems withdrawn, what is he/she feeling? Should I let him/her watch the news or not while our Service member is gone? What does my teen worry about during deployment? What can I do to help him/her grow through this? In this lesson, your teen will ... [More]
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Dealing with Deployment as Teens

Pre-deployment or During Deployment

My teen seems withdrawn, what is he/she feeling? Should I let him/her watch the news or not while our Service member is gone? What does my teen worry about during deployment? What can I do to help him/her grow through this?

In this lesson, your teen will discover the major issues they face and think about before, during, and even after one of their family members is deployed.

Class Length: 60 minutes

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Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)

Pre-deployment How do I or my family members get a military ID card? Why is an ID card important? Who do I talk to and where do I go to get an ID card? Having a military ID card has its benefits, but it just isn’t handed out. There are requirements to being issued a military ID card, and ... [More]
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Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)

Pre-deployment

How do I or my family members get a military ID card? Why is an ID card important? Who do I talk to and where do I go to get an ID card?

Having a military ID card has its benefits, but it just isn’t handed out. There are requirements to being issued a military ID card, and being enrolled in DEERS is the first step. To find out more about these requirements, this lesson provides an overview of the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS), its importance, and eligibility, and enrollment requirements.

Class Length: 20 minutes

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Do You Hear What I Mean?

Post Deployment This class defines communication and allows participants to self-reflect on the effectiveness of their communication skills. This class also helps participants understand how to convert “you” statements to “I” statements, the difference between complaints and criticisms, ... [More]
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Do You Hear What I Mean?

Post Deployment

This class defines communication and allows participants to self-reflect on the effectiveness of their communication skills. This class also helps participants understand how to convert “you” statements to “I” statements, the difference between complaints and criticisms, and how to listen effectively.

Class Length: 45 minutes

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Education Benefits

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment This lesson presents information on education benefits available to Service members. Participants will understand education benefits, determine the requirements, identify potentially useful education benefits, and discover additional resources ... [More]
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Education Benefits

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment

This lesson presents information on education benefits available to Service members. Participants will understand education benefits, determine the requirements, identify potentially useful education benefits, and discover additional resources with regard to obtaining information on education benefits.

Class Length: 90 minutes

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Emotional Cycle of Deployment

Pre-Deployment, During Deployment, or 30-Day Post Deployment Do you have feelings about deployment that you think you shouldn’t? Like my Service member loves the military and unit more than our family, or I just want to get on with this deployment. Do you feel like no one understands how you are ... [More]
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Emotional Cycle of Deployment

Pre-Deployment, During Deployment, or 30-Day Post Deployment

Do you have feelings about deployment that you think you shouldn’t? Like my Service member loves the military and unit more than our family, or I just want to get on with this deployment. Do you feel like no one understands how you are feeling? Do you wonder how people make it through deployment? The emotional cycle of deployment will help you realize that your feelings are normal, and there are things you can do to make it through!

This lesson gives an overview of the seven stages of the emotional cycle of deployment and concentrates on the two post-deployment stages. Common emotions often experienced during each stage are discussed, and coping strategies for the Service member and family members to use to effectively navigate the post-deployment stages are examined.

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Family Communication around Household Roles and Responsibilities

Post Deployment “I do that! No, I do that!” What happens once your Service member returns from deployment? How do you determine the “new normal” when it comes to household roles and responsibilities? Renegotiating household roles and responsibilities following a deployment can be one of ... [More]
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Family Communication around Household Roles and Responsibilities

Post Deployment

“I do that! No, I do that!” What happens once your Service member returns from deployment? How do you determine the “new normal” when it comes to household roles and responsibilities?

Renegotiating household roles and responsibilities following a deployment can be one of the challenges faced during reintegration. During this lesson you will identify the challenges of reintegration from both the Service member and family member perspective. The class focuses on tips and communication strategies for overcoming roadblocks to renegotiating household roles and responsibilities.

This lesson focuses on the Service member, spouse, and children. It is the second in a series of two lessons for pre and post deployment. [Creating a Family Communication Plan (Pre) and Family Communication around Household Roles and Responsibilities (Post)].

Class Length: 45 minutes

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Finding Balance

During Deployment or Post Deployment Are you teetering along as you walk the tight rope of deployment life? Are you frantically trying to keep all of your plates spinning? Learn to use a simple tool to evaluate eight areas of your life and increase satisfaction in those areas as you find YOUR ... [More]
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Finding Balance

During Deployment or Post Deployment

Are you teetering along as you walk the tight rope of deployment life? Are you frantically trying to keep all of your plates spinning? Learn to use a simple tool to evaluate eight areas of your life and increase satisfaction in those areas as you find YOUR balance.

In this lesson, you will explore goal setting as a means to achieve a more balanced life. Through a series of exercises, you will identify your personal responsibilities and obligations as well as activities that bring you enjoyment. Then, using a tool, you will evaluate your personal satisfaction in eight different life categories. You will further identify specific areas of opportunity for using goal setting to increase satisfaction and bring more balance to your life.

Class Length: 45 minutes

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Helping Children Adjust During Reintegration

Post Deployment Participants will identify reintegration stressors and developmental issues pertaining to reintegration. In addition, participants will learn strategies for a positive reintegration. They will also learn about common developmental reactions children of certain ages have and will ... [More]
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Helping Children Adjust During Reintegration

Post Deployment

Participants will identify reintegration stressors and developmental issues pertaining to reintegration. In addition, participants will learn strategies for a positive reintegration. They will also learn about common developmental reactions children of certain ages have and will identify potential positive reintegration strategies to help their own children adjust during reintegration.

Class Length: 60 minutes

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Helping Young Children Cope with Deployment

During Deployment Deployments are never easy, especially on young children! Are you caring for a young child or children under the age five who has/have a parent deployed? How is the deployment affecting this child or children? Do you want some tips on how to help these young children cope with ... [More]
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Helping Young Children Cope with Deployment

During Deployment

Deployments are never easy, especially on young children! Are you caring for a young child or children under the age five who has/have a parent deployed? How is the deployment affecting this child or children? Do you want some tips on how to help these young children cope with deployment?

If you would like information and ideas for helping young children (under age 5) cope with a parent’s deployment, this is the lesson for you! In this lesson, you will receive information and ideas for helping young children cope with a parent’s deployment.

Class Length: 60 minutes

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Hit the Ground Running: Financial Planning after Deployment

Post Deployment Is that money you saved during deployment burning a hole in your pocket? Are you protected in the event of an emergency or disaster? Do you know your re-employment rights? This lesson helps you recognize and implement a new financial normal upon return from deployment. It ... [More]
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Hit the Ground Running: Financial Planning after Deployment

Post Deployment

Is that money you saved during deployment burning a hole in your pocket? Are you protected in the event of an emergency or disaster? Do you know your re-employment rights?

This lesson helps you recognize and implement a new financial normal upon return from deployment. It includes general discussions of spending plans, savings, insurance, employment rights, and resources.

This lesson is the second in a series of two classes for pre-deployment and post deployment. [Before You Take Off: Financial Planning for Deployment (Pre) and Hit the Ground Running: Financial Planning after Deployment (Post)].

Class Length: 30-45 minutes

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How to Civilianize Your Military Resume

Post Deployment You’ve learned valuable skills and had impressive experiences in your military career. How do you translate those into words civilian employers can understand and find value in? What resources are out there to help you? This lesson presents strategies and tips for transforming ... [More]
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How to Civilianize Your Military Resume

Post Deployment

You’ve learned valuable skills and had impressive experiences in your military career. How do you translate those into words civilian employers can understand and find value in? What resources are out there to help you?

This lesson presents strategies and tips for transforming a military resume for the civilian job market and offers examples to help ensure resumes are well received in a civilian setting. You will identify skills and experiences and learn how to civilianize these items on a resume.

Class Length: 60 – 75 minutes

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Just Breathe

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment This lesson presents breathing exercises as a tool to help manage stress. You will learn about the evidence-based benefits of using breathing exercises to support mental, physical, and overall well-being. You will also have opportunities to ... [More]
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Just Breathe

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment

This lesson presents breathing exercises as a tool to help manage stress. You will learn about the evidence-based benefits of using breathing exercises to support mental, physical, and overall well-being. You will also have opportunities to practice a few breathing techniques and be provided with tips and resources to continue using the learned techniques.

Class Length: 60 minutes

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Legal Considerations for Deployment

Pre-deployment Are you ready to go? Get that checklist out… Do you have your Power of Attorney (POA)? What about your will? Do you understand your protections under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)? Don’t leave without getting your legal affairs in order! This lesson provides an ... [More]
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Legal Considerations for Deployment

Pre-deployment

Are you ready to go? Get that checklist out… Do you have your Power of Attorney (POA)? What about your will? Do you understand your protections under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)? Don’t leave without getting your legal affairs in order!

This lesson provides an overview and explanation of POA, wills, and the SCRA. These topics need to be addressed (by both Service members and eligible family members) as you prepare for deployment.

Class Length: 45 minutes

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Long Distance Co-parenting

Pre-deployment What is co-parenting? How can I parent from afar while deployed? How do I keep my Service member involved as a parent while he or she is deployed? This lesson will discuss how to parent from a distance with a fellow co-parent. It will define a positive co-parenting team and will ... [More]
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Long Distance Co-parenting

Pre-deployment

What is co-parenting? How can I parent from afar while deployed? How do I keep my Service member involved as a parent while he or she is deployed?

This lesson will discuss how to parent from a distance with a fellow co-parent. It will define a positive co-parenting team and will explain why a positive co-parenting team is critical for parents’ and children’s well-being. You will learn strategies for maintaining a positive parenting team while apart, and you will be able to locate resources for continued support for the parenting team.

Class Length: 60 minutes

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Make Your Money Matter: Use a Budget

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment If money were no object, what would you do? Do you have a dream car, house, or vacation? What are you doing to achieve those goals? Find out how to use a budget to make your money matter! This lesson discusses the benefits of budgeting and ... [More]
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Make Your Money Matter: Use a Budget

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment

If money were no object, what would you do? Do you have a dream car, house, or vacation? What are you doing to achieve those goals? Find out how to use a budget to make your money matter!

This lesson discusses the benefits of budgeting and the steps for creating and using a budget. You will also learn financial goal setting using the SMART goal setting method.

Class Length: 30, 45 or 60 minutes

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Meditation: How Training Your Mind Can Turn Down the Volume on Stress

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment This lesson explores meditation as a tool to help manage stress. You will learn about the evidence-informed benefits of meditation for the brain, body, and overall well-being. You will also have an opportunity to try a brief meditation practice ... [More]
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Meditation: How Training Your Mind Can Turn Down the Volume on Stress

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment

This lesson explores meditation as a tool to help manage stress. You will learn about the evidence-informed benefits of meditation for the brain, body, and overall well-being. You will also have an opportunity to try a brief meditation practice and tips and resources to set up a home meditation practice will be provided.

Class Length: 60 minutes

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Military and Civilian Community Resources

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment If you want to find a job to keep busy during the deployment, where can you find help? If an emergency arises during deployment, do you know where to turn? If a friend is having difficulty trying to deal with the upcoming deployment, who can ... [More]
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Military and Civilian Community Resources

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment

If you want to find a job to keep busy during the deployment, where can you find help? If an emergency arises during deployment, do you know where to turn? If a friend is having difficulty trying to deal with the upcoming deployment, who can you contact? There are many resources available to Service members and their families in both the military and civilian community. Familiarize yourself with these resources and be prepared to handle anything!

This lesson reviews resources available to military families in the military and civilian communities. You will be able to describe and select military and civilian community resources that could help you meet various life situations.

Class Length: 30-45 minutes

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Military OneSource

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment I’ve heard about Military OneSource, am I eligible to use it? What type of topics do they have information about? What services do they provide? How do I access Military OneSource? This lesson is designed to familiarize you with the ... [More]
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Military OneSource

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment

I’ve heard about Military OneSource, am I eligible to use it? What type of topics do they have information about? What services do they provide? How do I access Military OneSource?

This lesson is designed to familiarize you with the benefits available through Military OneSource and the methods to access them.

Class Length: 30 minutes

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Move the Body, Relax the Mind

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment This lesson explores mind-body exercises as a tool to help manage stress. You will learn about the evidence-informed benefits of using exercises, including yoga, tai-chi and Qi Gong, to support mental, physical, and overall well-being. You will ... [More]
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Move the Body, Relax the Mind

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment

This lesson explores mind-body exercises as a tool to help manage stress. You will learn about the evidence-informed benefits of using exercises, including yoga, tai-chi and Qi Gong, to support mental, physical, and overall well-being. You will also have the opportunity to practice a few simple movements and tips and resources will be provided to explore and to develop the practices discussed.

Class Length: 50 minutes

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Navigating Military Life: Be Social Savvy!

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment You’ve received an invitation to a military function, and you may be thinking: What do I do? What do I wear? Will I feel intimated? How should I act? Should I go? Social connections are an important component in strengthening one’s ... [More]
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Navigating Military Life: Be Social Savvy!

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment

You’ve received an invitation to a military function, and you may be thinking: What do I do? What do I wear? Will I feel intimated? How should I act? Should I go?

Social connections are an important component in strengthening one’s resilience. One way that the military helps make these connections is through a variety of social events that are a part of its rich heritage and lifestyle. Social gatherings have been used to celebrate high points, boost morale, foster team spirit, or to get to know others who are in the same situation.

For many of you, attending such events may be a challenge due to geographical dispersion from the Service member’s unit and/or the unit’s operational tempo and mission requirements. If you ever get the chance, accept that invitation and use the tips in this lesson to navigate the event with ease, confidence, and most of all enjoy taking part in the special connections you will be able to make to others, the unit, and the rich heritage and life style of the military. Plus many of these social savvy tips are the same ones you would use in ANY social setting.

This lesson provides information/insight into the social aspects of the military lifestyle which will help you have a better understanding of the military life and feel more comfortable navigating it.

Time: 30-45 minutes

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Navigating Military Life: Discovering Its Benefits and Entitlements

Pre-deployment or During Deployment This lesson provides you with an opportunity to differentiate between military entitlements and benefits and to identify and explore military entitlements and benefits that will assist you as you navigate the military life. Time: 30 ... [More]
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Navigating Military Life: Discovering Its Benefits and Entitlements

Pre-deployment or During Deployment

This lesson provides you with an opportunity to differentiate between military entitlements and benefits and to identify and explore military entitlements and benefits that will assist you as you navigate the military life.

Time: 30 minutes

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Navigating Military Life: Honors, Customs, and Ceremonies

Pre-deployment or During Deployment This lesson provides information and insight into the traditions and customs commonly associated with the military, such as National Anthem and Flag etiquette, bugle calls, and common ceremonies. The information can help you understand and navigate military ... [More]
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Navigating Military Life: Honors, Customs, and Ceremonies

Pre-deployment or During Deployment

This lesson provides information and insight into the traditions and customs commonly associated with the military, such as National Anthem and Flag etiquette, bugle calls, and common ceremonies. The information can help you understand and navigate military practices and rituals more comfortably.

Time: 30 minutes

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Navigating Military Life: It’s All About Expectations

Pre-deployment, During Deployment This lesson provides you with an opportunity to explore the role of the Service member, the Service member’s commitment in fulfilling his or her role, and how the military environment compares to the civilian environment, so you will have a better understanding ... [More]
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Navigating Military Life: It’s All About Expectations

Pre-deployment, During Deployment

This lesson provides you with an opportunity to explore the role of the Service member, the Service member’s commitment in fulfilling his or her role, and how the military environment compares to the civilian environment, so you will have a better understanding of military life and can develop realistic expectations while navigating it.

Time: 45 minutes

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Navigating Military Life: Learn the Language

Pre-deployment or During Deployment This lesson discusses military terms and acronyms, the phonetic alphabet, and military time conversion. In addition, you will be given opportunities to practice using common military terms and acronyms, including Service specific scenarios, the phonetic ... [More]
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Navigating Military Life: Learn the Language

Pre-deployment or During Deployment

This lesson discusses military terms and acronyms, the phonetic alphabet, and military time conversion. In addition, you will be given opportunities to practice using common military terms and acronyms, including Service specific scenarios, the phonetic alphabet, and military time conversion.

Time: 30-45 minutes

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Navigating Military Life: Prepared and Ready!

Pre-deployment or During Deployment What do you think when someone asks, “Are you prepared?” Being prepared in general is important, but when you have a Service member in your life, it is even more critical as you never know what that next mission may be and its impact on your day-to-day life. ... [More]
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Navigating Military Life: Prepared and Ready!

Pre-deployment or During Deployment

What do you think when someone asks, “Are you prepared?” Being prepared in general is important, but when you have a Service member in your life, it is even more critical as you never know what that next mission may be and its impact on your day-to-day life. What can you plan, prepare, and do now that will assist you as you navigate this military life? Wouldn’t it be great to have a checklist that will help you get yourself and your family prepared?

This lesson will give you an opportunity to gain some information and insight on how to become better prepared. It provides information on developing and implementing plans for family preparedness to assist you in becoming better prepared to navigate military life.

Time: 30-45 minutes

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Navigating Military Life: You Are Not Alone

Pre-deployment or During Deployment Your Service member has joined the military. That means the family did too! Do you ever find yourself wondering what this is all about and asking yourself, what did I sign up for? The military life can be full of adventure one moment and at other times an ... [More]
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Navigating Military Life: You Are Not Alone

Pre-deployment or During Deployment

Your Service member has joined the military. That means the family did too! Do you ever find yourself wondering what this is all about and asking yourself, what did I sign up for? The military life can be full of adventure one moment and at other times an overwhelming experience.

Like anything else in life, your experience will be what you make of it and the path that you decide to take on this military journey. There are many people who are traveling this path too and can serve as a great resource. This journey isn’t one that you have to travel alone! Key to navigating this military life is finding those things that make this life style easier to understand, negotiate, and most importantly enjoy. One way to do this is to participate with your unit’s family readiness/support program and connect with others who are sharing similar experiences.

This lesson discusses the purpose and mission of family readiness/support programs and provides the opportunity for you to identify the benefits of these groups in navigating the military life and deployment.

Time: 30 minutes

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Networking for Employment

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment This class teaches participants how to network as a primary job search strategy. Participants learn how to expand their current network of contacts, how to use online professional networking sites to access existing contacts and make new ... [More]
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Networking for Employment

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment

This class teaches participants how to network as a primary job search strategy. Participants learn how to expand their current network of contacts, how to use online professional networking sites to access existing contacts and make new contacts, and how to conduct an information interview. Participants also begin designing a strategic, personalized networking plan to guide their networking activity and help them find employment opportunities.

Class Length: 60 minutes

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Parenting Teens through Deployment

Pre-deployment or During Deployment My teen seems withdrawn, what is he/she feeling? Should I let him/her watch the news or not while our Service member is gone? What does my teen worry about during deployment? What can I do to help him/her grow through this? In this lesson, you will discover ... [More]
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Parenting Teens through Deployment

Pre-deployment or During Deployment

My teen seems withdrawn, what is he/she feeling? Should I let him/her watch the news or not while our Service member is gone? What does my teen worry about during deployment? What can I do to help him/her grow through this?

In this lesson, you will discover the major issues that teens face and think about before, during, and even after one of their family members is deployed.

Class length: 60 minutes

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Parenting Teens Through Deployment – Videos

There are nine video clips used in the following classes: Dealing with Deployment as Teens Parenting Teens Through Deployment Download the videos onto your computer, thumb drive, or a disc so they are available to view during your presentation. Once you have downloaded your videos on to your ... [More]
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Parenting Teens Through Deployment – Videos

There are nine video clips used in the following classes:

Dealing with Deployment as Teens Parenting Teens Through Deployment

Download the videos onto your computer, thumb drive, or a disc so they are available to view during your presentation. Once you have downloaded your videos on to your computer/disc/flash drive, you are ready to start inserting them into your PPT presentation. The PPT presentations for these two classes have slide placeholders built into the presentations so you can embed the video into your presentations. Directions to insert videos are found in the Facilitator Aid, starting on page 8.

The nine videos are:

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Worry
  • 3. Watching the News
  • 4. Coping
  • 5. Warning Signs
  • 6. Support
  • 7. Lessons Learned
  • 8. Personal Growth
  • 9. Conclusion
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Positive Parenting

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment I feel like I scream at my kids all the time. What is the difference between discipline and punishment? Does positive parenting work for all age groups? How can I be a more positive parent? Sound familiar? Learn skills to change your ... [More]
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Positive Parenting

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment

I feel like I scream at my kids all the time. What is the difference between discipline and punishment? Does positive parenting work for all age groups? How can I be a more positive parent?

Sound familiar? Learn skills to change your negative parenting experiences into positive ones! This lesson describes the importance of positive parenting and explains positive parenting and discipline techniques. Diverse developmental needs important to various age groups will be discussed, and you will be able to take the skills learned and apply them to your life.

Class length: 75 minutes

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Preparing Children to Cope with Separation during Deployment

Pre-deployment Deployment can be emotionally challenging for the entire military family, and it can be especially confusing and stressful for children. Children need to understand why their parent has to leave, where he/she is going, and how long he/she will be away. Children often don’t know ... [More]
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Preparing Children to Cope with Separation during Deployment

Pre-deployment

Deployment can be emotionally challenging for the entire military family, and it can be especially confusing and stressful for children. Children need to understand why their parent has to leave, where he/she is going, and how long he/she will be away. Children often don’t know how to handle all the changes and uncertainties. Preparing a child emotionally prior to departure will help the child cope as the Service Member leaves for deployment. What can you do to help your children prepare for the separation caused by a deployment?

With deployment come family stresses, powerful emotions, and complex challenges that go along with separation. This class explores ways in which families can become resilient when facing deployment challenges, paying particular attention to how they can prepare children to cope with an upcoming separation due to deployment.

Class Length: 45-60 minutes

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Reintegration: How I See It

Post deployment Have Service Members or family members ever imagined that their loved one may look at reintegration issues totally differently than they do? Have they ever considered how it might feel to be in the other person’s shoes? If they took a look at reintegration through a fresh set of ... [More]
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Reintegration: How I See It

Post deployment

Have Service Members or family members ever imagined that their loved one may look at reintegration issues totally differently than they do? Have they ever considered how it might feel to be in the other person’s shoes? If they took a look at reintegration through a fresh set of eyes, they might be surprised at what they see!

In this class, participants will compare and contrast feelings commonly experienced by Service members, family members and co-workers during reintegration and discuss tips to facilitate successful reintegration.

Being able to look at issues from different perspectives is an important skill for resilience. This class would be a good breakout class to use to offer additional practice on perspective taking after getting an overview in Resiliency: Bounce Back! (Post).

Class Length: 45-60 minutes

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Renegotiating a New Normal after Deployment

Post Deployment You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses! Reunion and Reintegration can be thorny sometimes, but by managing and re-negotiating a few important areas in your life, you can be well on your way to establishing your new normal. This ... [More]
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Renegotiating a New Normal after Deployment

Post Deployment

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses! Reunion and Reintegration can be thorny sometimes, but by managing and re-negotiating a few important areas in your life, you can be well on your way to establishing your new normal.

This lesson discusses areas that need to be addressed when renegotiating a new normal after deployment. These areas include legal, medical and dental, financial, employment, daily life, and parenting. You will have the opportunity to create a new normal to-do list and start developing a plan for successful reintegration.

The class also includes resources for each of these areas.

This lesson is the second in a series of two lessons designed to be used Pre and Post deployment. [Are you Ready? Being Prepared for Deployment (Pre) and Renegotiating a New Normal after Deployment (Post)].

Class Length: 60 minutes

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Resume Essentials: Crafting an Effective Resume

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment Have you ever submitted a resume and never heard from the company again? How do you know what they are looking for? It might not be your experience; it might be your format. Resume writing essentials will empower you to write an effective ... [More]
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Resume Essentials: Crafting an Effective Resume

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment

Have you ever submitted a resume and never heard from the company again? How do you know what they are looking for? It might not be your experience; it might be your format.

Resume writing essentials will empower you to write an effective resume – one that will be favorably received by recruiters. In this lesson you will receive an inside look at what recruiters value and the process they use in reviewing resumes and selecting candidates. You will also learn about four resume formats and suggestions for when to use each format

Class Length: 50 – 60 minutes

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Returning to a Civilian Job after Deployment

Post Deployment Are you still satisfied and fulfilled by your civilian job? Have you found yourself feeling left out or at odds with co-workers? Do you find yourself thinking more often “what is the point of all this”? Reintegration into the office environment provides a new set of ... [More]
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Returning to a Civilian Job after Deployment

Post Deployment

Are you still satisfied and fulfilled by your civilian job? Have you found yourself feeling left out or at odds with co-workers? Do you find yourself thinking more often “what is the point of all this”?

Reintegration into the office environment provides a new set of challenges for Service members. This lesson explores the various feelings you may have when returning to a civilian job after deployment. Topics will revolve around how deployment may have changed you, the Service member, and how to help you return to the workplace. You will learn useful tips to help anticipate difficulties and reintegrate into the office environment.

Class Length: 30-45 minutes

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Talking to Your Employer about Deployment

Pre-deployment What is the one thing that you MUST do before you leave for deployment to ensure you are protected under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)? When you come home, what rights can you expect from your employer? How can you continue and improve your ... [More]
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Talking to Your Employer about Deployment

Pre-deployment

What is the one thing that you MUST do before you leave for deployment to ensure you are protected under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)? When you come home, what rights can you expect from your employer? How can you continue and improve your relationship with your employer while you are deployed?

This lesson introduces USERRA and the responsibilities of both the employer and the Service member. It includes the creation of a communication plan for you to use with your employer.

Class Length: 45 minutes

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Teen Tips – Managing Stress During Reintegration

Post Deployment This class helps teens understand the differences between good stress and bad stress and recognize the sources of good stress and bad stress in their own lives with regard to reintegration with a deployed parent. The class also teaches teens effective ways for coping with stress ... [More]
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Teen Tips – Managing Stress During Reintegration

Post Deployment

This class helps teens understand the differences between good stress and bad stress and recognize the sources of good stress and bad stress in their own lives with regard to reintegration with a deployed parent. The class also teaches teens effective ways for coping with stress that is related to reintegration.

Class Length: 45 minutes

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Teen Tips – Reintegration with a Deployed Parent

Post Deployment In this class, participants will discuss the challenges that they and their family members face as a deployed parent reintegrates and will identify skills and strategies they can use to facilitate reintegration for themselves and their family members. Class Length: 45 ... [More]
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Teen Tips – Reintegration with a Deployed Parent

Post Deployment

In this class, participants will discuss the challenges that they and their family members face as a deployed parent reintegrates and will identify skills and strategies they can use to facilitate reintegration for themselves and their family members.

Class Length: 45 minutes

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Temperament and Parenting

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment Is your child always on the go or happy to sit and play for hours? Does he/she tend to be positive and happy more or negative and grumpy? Can he/she focus on a task to completion or is he/she easily distracted? What about you? All of these ... [More]
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Temperament and Parenting

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment

Is your child always on the go or happy to sit and play for hours? Does he/she tend to be positive and happy more or negative and grumpy? Can he/she focus on a task to completion or is he/she easily distracted? What about you? All of these traits help make up temperament. How your temperament interacts with your child’s temperament can make a big difference in the atmosphere of your home.

This lesson introduces temperament to explain differences in children in the same environment and examines how a parent’s understanding of his or her own temperament may impact the parent-child relationship. This lesson includes the definitions of the nine traits of temperament and considers how parents can meet their child’s distinct needs based on these traits. You will complete a “Goodness of Fit” plan to help decrease poor behavior and increase positive parent-child interactions.

Class Length: 45-60 minutes

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Understanding and Reducing Anger

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment What sends you through the roof faster than a bottle rocket? How do things get out of control so quickly? What can you do to reduce and manage your anger? In this lesson, you will define anger and learn facts about anger including what ... [More]
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Understanding and Reducing Anger

Pre-deployment, During Deployment, or Post Deployment

What sends you through the roof faster than a bottle rocket? How do things get out of control so quickly? What can you do to reduce and manage your anger?

In this lesson, you will define anger and learn facts about anger including what triggers anger and how to handle your anger in various situations. By using the Anger Episode Model as a tool for understanding anger, you will learn three skills to reduce and manage anger and examine positive and negative short-term and long-term outcomes, problem-solving techniques, and solutions.

Class Length: 60 minutes

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Understanding Moral Injury

Post Deployment This class introduces helpful information concerning moral injury. You will learn about common characteristics and feelings associated with moral injury and its consequences and will discover strategies to help with moral injury repair. Class Length: 60 ... [More]
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Understanding Moral Injury

Post Deployment

This class introduces helpful information concerning moral injury. You will learn about common characteristics and feelings associated with moral injury and its consequences and will discover strategies to help with moral injury repair.

Class Length: 60 minutes

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Understanding Moral Injury (RPA)

Post Deployment This class introduces helpful information concerning moral injury and is specific to RPA missions. The participants will learn about common characteristics and feelings associated with moral injury and its consequences and will discover strategies to help with moral injury ... [More]
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Understanding Moral Injury (RPA)

Post Deployment

This class introduces helpful information concerning moral injury and is specific to RPA missions. The participants will learn about common characteristics and feelings associated with moral injury and its consequences and will discover strategies to help with moral injury repair.

Class Length: 60 minutes

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