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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
Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs
Planning for the future is something everyone should devote substantial time and thought to but especially families with special needs. This session will explore the importance of this type of planning and decision-making. We will explore estate planning considerations across the life cycle for families with special needs. We will also discuss documents such as powers of attorney and trusts, including a revocable living trust and a special needs trust. Lastly, we will look at considerations for needs-based public benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid. *1.5 Continuing Education (CE) Credit is available from the UT School of Work.  
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 OneSource’s high-tech and high-touch support that address a wide range of needs.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Medicaid: Taking Stock of an Essential Program in Uncertain Times
Medicaid is a state-federal program that provides essential services and benefits for low-income families and for many who have special health care needs. Military caregivers and their families may find themselves interacting with Medicaid in cases where TRICARE and ECHO coverage is not enough or when family members are not eligible for TRICARE and/or ECHO coverage. This year, there has been significant discussion about reforming and changing Medicaid in terms of the way it is funded, the services that are provided, and who may be eligible for the program. It is important for military support personnel, caregivers and military families to be aware of developments that are or might be underway in the Medicaid program. *1.0 Continuing Education (CE) Credit is available from the UT School of Work.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Medicare 2017 & What it Means for You
Medicare is the federal health insurance program for adults over age 65 and other qualified individuals. While the program basics remain virtually unchanged year-to-year, a new year always brings a few tweaks to the program. This session will provide a brief update to the Back to Basics: Medicare session provided January 27, 2016 with changes to the program for 2017. The session will also provide a broad overview of the Medicare programs coordination of benefits with other programs such as Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance, TRICARE for Life and VA Benefits, among others. *1.0 Continuing Education (CE) Credit is available from the UT School of Work.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Successful Transition for Students with Special Needs: Advocating for Universal Design for Learning in Classrooms
Research has shown that all students and especially those receiving special education who follow a carefully crafted transition plan are more likely to achieve post-secondary success. Helping professionals can craft these plans, but many may not be aware of the various resources available to ensure students’ successful transition. One of the main resources available to parents/guardians and students are their classroom teachers. Teachers who incorporate transition-related content into instruction using universal design for learning (UDL) principles are in the best position to set up students for post-secondary success. It is thus necessary that parents/guardians and students are trained to inform teachers about UDL and advocate for their use in classroom instruction on an ongoing basis. *1.0 Continuing Education (CE) Credit is available from the UT School of Work.  
Credit Hours: 1 hr Course Price: Free Certificate Fee : Free
Successful Transition for Students with Special Needs: What Resources Are Available for You?
Research has shown that all students and especially those receiving special education who follow a carefully crafted transition plan are more likely to achieve post-secondary success. Helping professionals can craft these plans, but many may not be aware of the various resources available to ensure students? successful transition. Additionally, educators are required by law to create a transition plan for students receiving special education by the age of 16; but, it is best practice to begin as early as middle school. So what are the available resources? How can helping professionals ensure that all students succeed in reaching their transition goals? The objectives of this interactive webinar will help answer these questions by introducing attendees to: Best practices for working with Individualized Education Program (IEP) Committees on transition plans. Career and technical education programs of study that allow for creation of dual credit and credentialing opportunities. State agencies that provide support for students in transition. 
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