The Children of America’s Military & Responders Suffer Severe Mental Stress too…
Children of our military and first responders experience many stressors, unlike other children in their community, that affects them in school, home and with friends. Job related stressors on the married couple also impact children who often feel their security and stability is threatened. Managing stress as a family needs to be a proactive high priority.
Statistically, 43% of active duty service members have children and on average more than one dependent child. Many of these families will be able to overcome the stressors around deployment through family, friend, and community support.
However, other families need additional help to strengthen their resilience and readjust to life post-deployment. Both warriors and public safety professionals alike have to deal with high-levels of hypervigilance.
Building trust and communication skills while participating in the highly effective Home Life Transition Program™ helps military families thrive after multiple deployments. For both military and first responders, this program will enable improving and building valuable relationship and communication skills.
The purpose of the Child Resiliency & Support Program is to equip the children of our military and first responders with tools specific to their needs…so that they “thrive” and not just “survive”.
It is designed to address the complex and unique needs of these children. by employing protective and promotive factors. Protective factors help buffer the adverse aftermath of stress and trauma, and promotive factors enhance children’s adjustment issues. The program helps children improve their self-esteem, increase their self-efficacy, and develop a repertoire of adaptive coping skills.
Topics covered in the sessions include: the effects of trauma – what is happening to their parent, what to expect, and why it is happening; secondary trauma – what is happening to them, why it is happening, and how to respond; how to reduce stress and increase resilience; incorporating their experiences as part of their life story and giving the experiences meaning; communication skills; coping strategies and suicide prevention. These skills and strategies can enhance children’s resilience and ability to quickly recover or “bounce back” from the difficult situations they may have to face.
This (one, two or three day-) program was designed by professionals at Georgia State University Counseling and Psychological services in partnership with Warrior to Citizen Inc., and Counselors from Mercer University's Penfield College with extensive expertise treating child trauma and developmental issues.
WHAT A CHILD TAKES AWAY AS A RESULT OF ATTENDING THIS PROGRAM
The coping skills and strategies learned through this program enhance a child’s resilience and ability to quickly recover or “bounce back” from the difficult situations they may have to face.
The Program is Available at No Cost.
Military & Responder families attend at no cost other than lodging for two- night’s stay at a nearby hotel (10 minutes from campus). All meals, program materials and workshops are included at no charge.