Thrive Educational Series: New Presentations for Military-Connected Professionals!

Session II: Fostering Families’ Internal and Interpersonal Well-being

We are pleased to announce the presenters for Session II of the Thrive Initiative’s Educational Series for Professionals! Join us, on dates scheduled this coming summer and fall, for three online presentations on the topics of parental mental health, trauma-informed care, and anger management. You can earn one hour of continuing education credit from the American Psychological Association for participating in each virtual event. The presentation dates and details are below.

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Promoting the Mental Health of Military Parents to Prevent Child Maltreatment

Date: July 11, 2023

Time: 12-1 pm EST

Presenter: Keith R. Aronson, Ph.D.

Adult and child hands holding encephalography brain paper cutout,autism, Stroke, Epilepsy and alzheimer awareness, seizure disorder, stroke, ADHD, world mental health day concept Adult and child hands holding encephalography brain paper cutout,autism, Stroke, Epilepsy and alzheimer awareness, seizure disorder, stroke, ADHD, world mental health day concept mental health stock pictures, royalty-free photos & imagesThe military has been described as a “greedy” institution because it demands so much from Service members and their families. Those connected to the military experience unique stressors like military deployments, frequent relocations, and injuries. They also encounter the same challenges as their civilian peers such as paying the bills, doing household chores, and taking care of children. Not surprisingly, some military parents experience mental health challenges. These can range from having a few minor psychological symptoms to diagnosable psychiatric conditions. Unfortunately, parents’ mental health problems are associated with suboptimal parenting and, in the extreme, child maltreatment and neglect. Thus, the mental health of military parents is critically important for individual and family functioning. There are a number of evidence-based programs and services designed to address psychological problems among military parents which ultimately contribute to improved parenting and prevention of child maltreatment.

Trauma-Informed Care for Helping Professionals

Date: October 17, 2023

Time: 12-1 pm EST

Presenter: Tara Saathoff-Wells, Ph.D., CFLE

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Trauma-informed care (TIC) is currently a bit of a buzz phrase across educational, allied health, and other helping profession fields today. Organizations and programs may include variations of the phrase in their marketing and outreach materials and may support their personnel in completing TIC-focused trainings. But what does (and can) this approach to service delivery mean for professionals and organizations who do not treat or focus on trauma? Join us as we discuss the six principles of TIC and how these principles can be integrated into practice, at the individual and organizational levels, to benefit a range of client populations and organizational personnel. 

Anger Management Techniques and Strategies

Date: November 14, 2023

Time: 12-1 pm EST

Presenter: Chelsea Spencer, Ph.D., LCMFT

A picture containing text Description automatically generatedExperiencing anger too frequently or too severely can have a host of negative consequences, including negative physical and mental health symptoms, interpersonal problems, and family conflict. This presentation will review a variety of cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based, and communication strategies that can help individuals manage their anger and reduce interpersonal conflict.

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