Red Cross offers deployment coping course for military families

| March 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

American Red Cross
News Release

HONOLULU — The American Red Cross has developed a “Coping With Deployments” course to specifically address the stresses and strains that deployments place on the service members’ families.

The Red Cross worked closely with subject matter experts from all service branches, along with National Guard and Reserve components, to complement military courses offered.

This course was designed to assist military families in managing the changes and stress in their lives while their service members are deployed.

The course will provide useful information on how to strengthen abilities to successfully respond to potential challenges throughout the deployment cycle. It will explain how to provide psychological first aid to others experiencing stressful feelings or events.

The complete course is about four-and-a-half hours long. It can be divided into an two-and-a-half hours adult module, and a two-hour children’s module.

The children’s module specifically teaches adults how to support children during the changes children may experience while a family member is deployed.

The course is available to Reserve, National Guard and active duty service members and families, including spouses, children, parents, siblings and significant others. Veterans and their family members are also eligible.

Actively licensed and specially trained Red Cross mental health professionals will teach the course.

The entire course or individual modules can be taught at family readiness group meetings, family gatherings and briefings before, during and after deployments. The Red Cross will make every effort to meet specific scheduling needs.

The deployment coping course is free and is taught in a confidential environment.

For more information, call 257-8848.

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