This series familiarizes participants with several mental health programs and interventions designed for use with military and veteran families.
In this presentation Dr. Lester introduces FOCUS for Military Families. FOCUS is a trauma-informed, evidence-based, family-centered resiliency building and prevention program providing services to US Military families in the US and Japan. Dr. Lester provides a description of the program as well as program effectiveness data. During the presentation she identifies the needs of military families and children, reviews the theoretical foundation for FOCUS, describes FOCUS services and key components, highlights program outcome and evaluations, and describes FOCUS adaptations and initiatives.
During this program, participants will learn about an online parenting program adapted for the Minnesota National Guard by NCTSN at the University of Minnesota. Principles of parenting for military families are presented.
Faculty will describe the work of Strong Families Strong Forces, a Department of Defense funded project to develop and test a home-based intervention for military families with young children (birth to five). Using a Community Based Participatory Research model, they developed a 3-phase project to (1) explore the needs of military families after an OEF/OIF deployment, (2) pilot an attachment-based intervention in the home, and (3) test the developed model using a randomized clinical trial. They will describe their work with over 100 families, including details of the 8-module intervention, and present case vignettes to illustrate the clinical work and varied needs of families during the reintegration phase of the deployment cycle.
In this webinar, presenters from three innovative clinics serving military and veteran families will discuss practices they have designed and adapted to create a comfortable environment their clients that minimizes barriers to engagement in treatment. The speakers will share examples of how organizations can incorporate military-informed procedures and practices, beginning with asking about service member status and affiliations. They will present service members' viewpoints about their family needs and perspectives as gathered through focus groups with service members and their families and discuss ways to increase engagement and participation in services through effective community outreach and partnerships with military and civilian systems serving military and veteran families.
This webinar will explore elements and strategies used by developers of evidence-based treatments to adapt their models for effective treatment of military children and families. The developers of EBTs such as ADAPT, PCIT, TF-CBT, and Strong Families will describe the ways in which they have changed their treatment protocols to take into account military culture, issues specific to military and veteran families, and attitudes towards mental health treatment in military populations. They will describe successes and challenges they have faced and provide ideas for clinicians to adapt their own treatment models for a military and veteran clientele.