Upcoming webinar on May 28 to address visible, invisible injuries and military caregivers

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in conjunction with Michigan State University will host a free military caregiver webinar for Department of Defense professionals, beginning at 11 a.m. EST on May 28.

“We hope DOD professionals and other military caregivers will join us for this informative and useful webinar, as both visible and invisible injuries affect the military family,” said Rachel Brauner, program coordinator for AgriLife Extension’s Texas Military Program.

No registration is required, Brauner said, adding the online location for the webinar will be:  https://learn.extension.org/events/1575.

Brauner said webinar presenters, Adrian Blow and Hiram Fitzgerald, both Ph.D.s, will provide practical suggestions for military professionals and families on how to help injured military service personnel reach key developmental milestones despite stressful circumstances.

“The military life can be risky both physically and emotionally,” Brauner said. “Drs. Blow and Fitzgerald will draw from both military and civilian sources to provide guidance to webinar participants on how to set the stage for successful family functioning, understand how military life can interrupt these processes, and what families can do to safeguard against risks.”

She said by the end of the webinar participants should be able to identify visible and invisible injuries acquired through deployment and describe how such injuries are interconnected; relate military injuries to potential risks in children and families; describe basic aspects of normal development, risk and resilience; assess critical factors influencing human development in major transitional periods; discuss factors from military life that may interfere with development; and give practical examples of how military families can negotiate key developmental watermarks.

One continuing education credit hour will be available through the National Association of Social Workers to credentialed participants, except for participants in California, Michigan, North Carolina and West Virginia, which require individual program/provider application processes.

Go to https://learn.extension.org/events/1575#.U35afvldVyx for more information on receiving credit for webinar participation.

For more information on the webinar, go to: http://bit.ly/1jzcysS.

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