Blog posts with the tag "Military Families"

Staff Perspective: Using Project ECHO® to Address the Needs of Military-Connected Youth

Dr. Andrea Isreal

There have been several points in my career where I was the sole (or sole pediatric) provider in a particular area. I remember those periods with a mixture of emotions: gratitude for the opportunity to serve those in need coupled with concern that I lacked geographically close colleagues or referral options for my patients. Consultation with colleagues (usually far away) was a lifeline and a way to ensure I offered the best evidence-based care I could, especially when patients were on long waitlists for referrals to other specialists who needed to be involved in their care. Nonetheless, at times I felt like I was operating within the echo chamber of my mind (pun intended).

Staff Perspective: Family Life During a Drill Weekend

In this blog, Jennifer Nevers, MSW, LCSW gives us a glimpse into her personal story of navigating family life during a drill weekend as an Army National Guard Soldier. She shares her experiences with logistical challenges, family-work life balance, expanding her support system, and finding connections through her lived experiences of military life.

Staff Perspective: Educational Support and Resources for Military Families

In last week’s blog, my colleague April Thompson shared about military family well-being during the military-to-veteran transition. The military-to-veteran transition is just one of the many transitions that military families experience. Today  I want to talk about another transition many active duty military families experience regularly, frequent moves, and how it impacts the education of military children. It feels like an appropriate focus given that April is the Month of the Military Child. I will also share several resources that I have found to be helpful as a psychologist, a military spouse, and a parent of a military child.

Staff Perspective: Family Well-Being During the Military-to-Veteran Transition

April Thompson, LCSW

Often in the military, we are taught the concept of creating a “new normal” following significant disruptions such as those related to a move, a military deployment, or other event impacting the whole family. Focusing on a “new normal” invites the family to view the situation as something requiring a period of adjustment. One aspect of military life that every family will experience is the transition out of the military. We all know it is coming. However, there is a great deal of variability in how families prepare for and respond to this event.

Staff Perspective: Accessing Care for Military-Connected Children - Views from Parents

Christy Collette

A recently published qualitative study (Benson et al. 2023) looked at the parents’ perspective in seeking behavioral health services for their children. For military-connected families, moving is a hallmark of service that brings the need to establish all types of health care at each duty station. This study focused on the parental experience of establishing behavioral health care, and the strategies they employ to overcome any barriers they experience during the process. In total, 22 parents across five branches of services were interviewed.