Enhancing Resilience in Military Families and Children

Enhancing Resilience in Military Families and Children 

Military service members and their families regularly experience challenges and stressors that differ from those experienced by civilian families. Disruptions in family life from deployments, concern for the safety and well-being of a parent who has experienced combat, and frequent relocations are among the challenges confronted by military service members and their families. Despite the significance of these stressors, many military families demonstrate remarkable adaptability, positive coping, and resilience.

This course will examine how service members and their families can respond to the challenges of military life with resilience. You will learn what resilience means in the context of military life and family life and what factors strengthen resilience. You will also learn about interventions you can use to support resilience in military families, as well as information on established programs for fostering resilience.


Hours: 1.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (0 Match)

Course Details

Course Code: REL-BHC-0-ERMFC
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Define what resilience means for military families and children.
Describe the factors commonly associated with resilient military families and children.
Identify interventions and programs that are designed to support and enhance the resilience of military service members and their families.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Resilience


What is Resilience?

Staff Sergeant Bates

Challenges that Military Families Face

Resilience Versus Readiness

Family Resilience

Child Resilience

The 7 C’s of Resilience



Section 3: Five Common Family Resilience Factors

Factors Related to Family Resilience

Family Belief System

Family Organization Patterns

Family Support System

Family Communication/Problem-Sharing

Physical and Psychological Health of Family Members



Section 4: Resilience Enhancing Programs & Interventions

Resilience Enhancing Programs

Families Overcoming Under Stress (FOCUS)

Spouse Battlemind Training

Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists (SOFAR)

Sesame Street for Military Families

Mary and Brian

Interventions by Community Clinicians

Family-Based Play Therapy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Expressive Therapies

Considerations for Community Practice



Section 5: Conclusion


Course Contributors




Instructor: Scottie Smith, Psy.D.

Dr. Scottie Smith is a former active duty Navy psychologist and a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) where she served with the United States Marine Corps 2nd Medical Battalion. She is a 2009 graduate of the Florida School of Professional Psychology, where she earned her Doctor of Psychology degree (Psy.D.) after completing a competitive Internship program at the Dallas VA Medical Center. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology (2007). Dr. Smith's primary clinical focus is on treating adults with a history of trauma, anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders from a cognitive behavioral framework. Dr. Smith is a passionate and outspoken advocate for veterans in her community and is a member of the Military Officers Association of America. 

Disclosure: Scottie Smith, Psy.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Stephanie L. Furness, MSW, LCSW

Stephanie brings more than 13 years of experience in the field of social work to her role as a content writer at Relias. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Professional Writing from The College of New Jersey and a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. The majority of Stephanie's work has included behavioral health counseling and medical case management. She has particular interest in resilience and secondary stress among behavioral health providers. Stephanie served as part of the National Health Service Corps from 2016-2018, providing outpatient counseling to underserved populations including military service members and their families. Stephanie has designed and delivered training on many topics such as LGBTQIA+ sensitivity, youth suicide prevention, and how to provide in-community services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Disclosure: Stephanie L. Furness, MSW, LCSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Intermediate level Alcohol and Drug Counselors; Intermediate level Marriage and Family Therapists; Intermediate level Professional Counselors; Intermediate level Social Workers; Introductory level Psychologists; Nurses; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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