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Caregiver Compassion Fatigue
The negative impact of traumatic events can extend beyond those who directly experienced the trauma to family members and professionals who support the traumatized individual. As such, military family caregivers are prime at risk for a phenomenon called compassion fatigue or secondary traumatic stress. The experience of compassion fatigue can lead to impairment in social and occupational functioning. In this presentation Dr. Bride will introduce attendees to the concept of compassion fatigue, describe the symptoms of compassion fatigue, and discuss strategies to minimize the negative impact of compassion fatigue. 
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Caregiver Identity Discrepancy and Implications for Practice
Participants will be introduced to basic tenants of the Caregiver Identity Theory and implications of the theory for understanding the caregiving experience and its impact on caregivers. A center piece of this perspective is the assertion that the caregiving role is not a new role, but rather a transformation of an existing role. Participants will learn about five phases of caregiving and identity discrepancy which many caregivers experience as they move between phases. The implications of this perspective for strategically intervening to support caregivers will also be discussed.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Challenges Facing Families in Crisis
All families experience struggles and points of crisis. Military families face many of the same concerns but with different challenges due to military life and combat experiences. This session will address some of the unique challenges for military families and examine ways to support them. Learning Objectives: (1) Identify two risk factors that increase the military familys vulnerability during crisis Name at least two resources for military families in crisis (2) Name three ways mental health concerns increase challenges for military families 
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Chronic Illness: Empowering Families in the Journey - Part 1
Participants will discuss the stressors associated with chronic illness and its impact on health and wellness of individuals and families; explore the ways families influence the health and wellbeing of each other (i.e. family routines, nutrition, dynamics, interpersonal communication, support, etc.); and learn effective strategies for interdisciplinary collaboration among service providers (mental health clinicians, early interventionists, dietitians, family advocates, medical doctors, etc.) when working with families struggling with chronic illness. Participants will engage in case study discussions to identify and assess the family development, transitions, caregiving, and nutrition/wellness perspectives of chronic illness issues within military families. Strategies, tools, and resources will be shared. *1.5 Continuing Education (CE) Credit is available from the UT School of Work.  
Credit Hours: 2 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Chronic Illness: Empowering Families in the Journey - Part 2
During Part 2, of the Chronic Illness Webinar Series, participants will explore ways to help military families harness resources, utilize resilience, and provide support to promote effective management of chronic illness. Participants will engage in case study discussions to identify and assess the family development, transitions, caregiving, and nutrition/wellness perspectives of chronic illness issues within military families. Strategies, tools and resources will be shared. Course Objectives: Participants will promote effective management of chronic illness with military families by: (1) Understanding ways to harness resources. (2) Identifying strategies to utilize resilience. (3) Discussing techniques to provide support. *1.0 Continuing Education (CE) Credit is available from the UT School of Work.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Detour Ahead: Planning for Contingencies on Your Caregiving Journey
Like many things in life, caregiving is a journey, not a destination. Even the best laid plans – or map, if you will – have unintended obstacles and barriers resulting in a change of direction. While the caregiver cannot anticipate every scenario, there are some common issues that caregivers may be able to anticipate. Too, knowing there may be detours ahead may be able to help the caregiver better cope when problems arise. This session will explore some common issues in caregiving and provide some tips for when these detours occur. We will also discuss some critical thinking/decision-making skills that can help caregivers take apart and analyze unanticipated detours. 1.0 Continuing Education (CE) Credit is available from the UT School of Work.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Empowering Caregivers and Families
Military helping professionals identify communication as a significant challenge in their work with Service members and families. This session will provide an in-depth look at effective practices for communicating sensitive topics. Highlighting real-life challenges and solutions, case studies, practices from the field and a panel of professionals will be employed in addressing some of the most pressing communication issues military helping professionals face. Military helping professionals participating in this session will be able to: (1) Identify practices which promote effective communication. (2) Apply communication practices which promote trust. (3) Identify communication practices which promote client efficacy. 
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Empowering Those We Help: Building Trust and Credibility
This training will provide an overview of strategies for military helping professionals in serving as effective resources for families. The focus will be on how military service professionals can facilitate effective problem solving and other activities with families through collaborative approaches. Participants will increase their knowledge of key characteristics of helping professionals and factors involved in the establishment of credibility and trust for empowering military families.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Financial Planning for Military Caregivers
Worries about finances may be a source of great stress for caregivers and their families. For military family caregivers, finances may have a big impact on their ability to manage day-to-day and, eventually, retire. As the holidays approach we begin to take an especially hard look at our budget and financial responsibilities and challenges. In this webinar military helping professionals will learn about practical resources to help caregivers better manage their finances, ensuring families and service members live more comfortably while planning for the future.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Give Care Take Care
While caregiving may present itself as a natural extension of ones relationship some of the tasks associated with caregiving may be new or different for both the caregiver and service member. Caregivers may have to assume the role of surrogate decision maker for their wounded service member, help with activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living, among a myriad of other tasks. This session will describe how to respect the autonomy of the warrior as a surrogate decision maker. It will also describe tasks associated with activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living, including potential challenges, evaluating those challenges and tips for addressing them. With a little knowledge and some critical thinking skills, caregivers can effectively give care while taking care.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Handling Marital Conflict Constructively
Any relationship is bound to experience conflict and it is clear that all couples have differences and disagreements. Military Service Members and their Spouses often experience unique challenges that come with military life, the truth is every conflict can be resolved if key strategies are used. In this presentation Mr. Roos will introduce attendees to the primary origins of conflict. Furthermore attendees will understand how conflict develops within oneself, to confront conflict instead of avoid it, and to work together to bring about resolve and grow closer as a couple.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Hidden Heroes: Americas Military Caregivers
Military caregivers play an essential role in caring for injured or wounded service members and veterans. Yet playing this role can impose a substantial physical, emotional, and financial toll on caregivers. This presentation will provide an overview of RANDs recent study that examined the magnitude of military caregiving in the United States and assessed the array of policies, programs and services available to support the men and women who render this care.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Hidden Heroes: Caregiver Stress and What to Do About It
May is Month of the Military Caregiver. Join us as we address family caregiving: its role in society, the stress associated with it and the impact caregiving stress can have on a person. Data from a study on a stress management program for military family caregivers will supplement the description of an archetypical military family caregiver. The conclusion of the program will cover how military helping professionals can assist family caregivers. *1.0 Continuing Education (CE) Credit is available from the UT School of Work.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Many Needs One Source: Navigating Military OneSource for Caregiver Support
The Department of Defense provides a continuum of support through programs that enable service members, their families and survivors to thrive. One of those programs is Military OneSource, a 24/7 call center and website that provides information, answers and support on every aspect of military life. This webinar will discuss how the military community can access Military OneSources high-tech and high-touch support that address a wide range of needs.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Military Caregivers: Commonalities & Differences Shed Light on Individuality
Families play an integral role in today's military, especially when a service member becomes wounded, ill or injured. The role of spouse, parent, grandparent or significant other changes as military families learn to care for their warrior and provide assistance as he or she adjusts to life with a disability. Each family caregiver is unique, as is their wounded service member and his or her condition. Even with these unique qualities there are some commonalities of military family caregivers, which provide professionals with knowledge about the caregiver's needs. In order to better understand military family caregivers, professionals can explore through questions what caregiver commonalities fit with each situation. By asking questions regarding the warrior and caregiver and then listening carefully, professionals will gain knowledge of the military family caregiver's assets, challenges and needs. The webinar identifies questions to help professionals recognize the commonalities and differences of military family caregivers as they work with them.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Month of the Family Caregiver: Organizations Responding to Hidden Heroes
During the month of November - National Family Caregiver Month - a lot of attention is paid to caregivers and the critical roles they play. However, when we think about caregivers and community-based resources and supports, we often only think about persons caring for an older adult. But what about military caregivers? This free webinar will highlight two organizations and their very specific missions to support caregivers of all stripes but especially the 5.5 million military caregivers in the United States. The responsibilities of a military caregiver may include a wounded service member but also a person with a special healthcare need or developmental disability. Easterseals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families for over 100 years through services and support surrounding medical rehabilitation, employment and training, children?s services, adult and senior services, and camping and recreation. More recently Easterseals has responded to military caregiving by providing support for caregivers and their families through respite care, inclusive childcare, employment and career services, transportation, behavioral/physical health services and advocacy at the federal and local levels. Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) is a program within the Rosalynn Carter Institute (RCI) for Caregiving at Georgia Southwestern State University. RCI supports caregivers both family and professional caregivers through advocacy, education, research and service. OFC coaches the families of returning service members and veterans to manage the difficulties they face when returning. The program has been implemented across the nation and within communities to teach military families how to best navigate the challenges that come with caregiving in order to build a stronger family network. 
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Promoting Knowledge Gain and Behavior Change Through Effective Education
This session will focus on the theme of working with lay audiences to elicit knowledge gain and behavior change. We have spent more than a year providing military helping professionals top notch content and subject matter expertise on a variety of relevant topics but we have never really focused on core professional development. And for some professionals, specifically those with no background or training in education or through a professional licensure, this may be brand new information.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Rebalancing Work and Life: Be the Model
This workshop provides you with a framework for identifying and rebalancing your work and life priorities. For example, people who take care of others often put everyone elses needs first. But, by practicing and modeling great self-care, you can bring even more to your work and personal relationships. The tools you will gain in this workshop will help you see how the choices you make every day can bring more energy, happiness and appreciation to yourself and the people you are close with at work and at home. This allows you to model your best self as you create your successful work-life balance. *1.0 Continuing Education (CE) Credit is available from the UT School of Work.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Recharging! Combating Compassion Fatigue
Centered around a theme of reenergizing and rejuvenating the work environment, this FREE web-based learning opportunity is open to the public and will be similar to a professional conference - no travel involved! Part 3 of the Virtual Learning Event Session will focus on professional development in the area of Compassion Fatigue. Military caregivers are at high risk for the negative impact of compassion fatigue. The experience of trauma can extend beyond those who are directly impacted to those who provide care to traumatized individuals, including military service professionals. This phenomenon is referred to as compassion fatigue or secondary traumatic stress. In this Virtual Learning Event session, attendees will gain an understanding of the concept of compassion fatigue, describe the symptoms of compassion fatigue, and discuss strategies to minimize the negative impact of compassion fatigue  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Relating! Caring and Culture
Centered around a theme of reenergizing and rejuvenating the work environment, this FREE web-based learning opportunity is open to the public and will be similar to a professional conference, no travel involved! Part 2 of the Virtual Learning Event Session will focus on professional development in the area of Cultural Competencies. Cultural competence and linguistic competence are widely recognized as fundamental aspects of quality in health/behavioral health care and in the provision of social services and supports. Cultural and linguistic competence are viewed as essential approaches for reducing disparities and for promoting equity by improving access, utilization, service delivery, and health and well-being among patients, their families, and communities. While the evidence suggests the efficacy of these approaches, many in health/behavioral health care and social service organizations continue to struggle with the full integration of cultural and linguistic competence into their policies, structures, practices, and procedures. This VLE session will explore the conceptual frameworks of cultural and linguistic competence and examine their relevance for supporting service members and their families. 
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Rethinking! Creating New Strategies to Build Trust and Credibility
Centered around a theme of reenergizing and rejuvenating the work environment, this FREE web-based learning opportunity is open to the public and will be similar to a professional conference, no travel involved! Part 1 of the Virtual Learning Event Session will highlight professional development in the area of Empowering The Helping Professional: Accessing and Applying Expertise. This training will examine strategies for helping professionals in promoting collaborative work with families. The focus will be on the role of the service provider in helping families manage expectations while accessing necessary services. Participants will learn strategies for communicating their role, connecting families with services and accessing additional expertise to address identified family needs.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Test Your Caregiver IQ
Find out how much you know about todays caregivers by testing your caregiver IQ in this webinar session. Your caregiver IQ will highlight your overall understanding of who caregivers are, their similarities and differences, challenges and joys they experience and ways you can support them. This interactive session will provide a Q&A style format with participants and will dive further into the necessary content using the questions asked in understanding this unique audience.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
The Caregiver in the Room: Considerations for Providers Working with Families
This training session will examine interpersonal communication skills and strategies for providers collaborating with family caregivers. It will examine the core challenge of how to respect the autonomy of the client while also communicating with his or her family caregiver. Specific topics include protecting face, offering support, and providing comfort. Guidelines for best practices will be discussed. *1.0 Continuing Education (CE) Credit is available from the UT School of Work.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
The Value of Respite for Family Caregivers
As a professional working with family caregivers it helps to recognize why caregivers do not know what respite is and why they are reluctant to use it. Often caregivers do not realize the benefits of respite and are concerned about the who, what and where of respite. Professionals can respond to these questions and concerns by knowing the types respite resources available. They can also work with community respite providers to help create respite programs that address the unique needs of wounded service members and special needs children or adults.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Working to Balance Life
Trying balance work, family, and life can be an elusive task. This presentation will discuss the work-life balancing act through understanding unbalance, personal health effects, and organizational impact. Strategies are discussed that lay the groundwork for finding personal work-life balance. Alternate ways of conceptualizing life balance are proposed, as well as an exercise to begin swinging the pendulum towards a more balanced and fulfilling life. This presentation is appropriate for those who are seeking life balance, as well as employers, supervisors and managers who are trying to retain and strengthen their workforce.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free