Reconnection Workshops - Module Descriptions

Module 1: Communicating Clearly

Often, families find themselves feeling like strangers after months of separation. The means of communication at home are often different than those used during deployment.

This module helps participants improve their communication skills to better manage the post-deployment period.

Module 2: Exploring Stress and Trauma

This module is designed to help returning service member and their families recognize and manage post-deployment stress and other war related conditions such as traumatic brain injury.

Left unaddressed, stress can lead to a number of negative outcomes for the returning service member and his or her family.

Service members deployed to a war zone endure considerable daily physical, psychological, and social demands. Other deployments may also have considerable demands.

Returnees may face physical injuries or conditions, as well as psychological effects, related to their deployment. Family members may have experienced considerable stress of their own.

Contending with post-deployment physical and mental health consequences poses a special challenge during reunion to all involved.

This module will help participants identify ways to view and address these challenges.

Although there may be concerns from the participants regarding depression and anger as well, keep in mind that there are two other modules that specifically address both depression and anger.

Module 3: Identifying Depression

This module is designed to help participants recognize and manage those behaviors, thoughts and feelings that could be signs or symptoms of depression.

Feeling depressed is a fairly common experience. It can be a consequence of a variety of situations, or could mean that someone is clinically depressed.

Depression is often seen in conjunction with PTSD, TBI and other disorders.

This module will help participants identify problematic symptoms, find ways to address and/or manage them, and figure out when to make a referral or seek additional help.

Module 4: Relating to Children

This module offers an opportunity to help the participants build on their personal strengths and increase their ability to address the issues of children’s adjustment to the return of a military family member following deployment.

While children are often thrilled with the idea of finally having their absent parent rejoin the family, reality may be very different than their fantasy.

All members of the family may be unprepared for the challenges that reunion brings. There may be adjustments that are surprising and unexpected. Patience is invaluable at this time.

Information about developmental issues and family dynamics are provided in a variety of activities designed to help adults reconnect with children.

Module 5: Working Through Anger

This module addresses the anger that can occur when couples, families and other relatives and friends are reunited after a military deployment.

Often, being angry, tense or irritable, or fighting, seems unexpected and even surprising during reintegration. Anger is a common feeling after deployment and is a natural human response.

This module offers options on how to respond when situations and events happen that seem out of one’s control.

To enroll, click here to go to Reconnection Workshop Schedule.