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06/27/2017 message: MFLCs are receiving a system error message when attempting to log into the activity form portal.

This issue has been assigned an urgent status.   MHN is aware this is impacting MFLCs end of the month activity form submission. The IT team is working to get this issue resolved as soon as possible.

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Looking for a chance to earn continuing education credits?

Up to four hours of continuing education credits are available for health care professionals who support or care for the military community.

Visit http://mhs.cds.pesgce.com to register. Select “27 Mar 2017 MHS Speaker Series Home Study Sessions.” Courses are available through Nov. 15, 2017.

If you have questions, please contact the speaker series support team at [email protected]il.

If you know someone who may be interested in this opportunity, please feel free to share this information.

Provided by:
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
External Professional Development & Education Support Team

The Army Just Announced 2 Big Uniform Changes

The U.S. Army has authorized two new uniform changes for both male and female soldiers effective immediately, according to separate memos issued by Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. James McConville.

Soldiers who have earned multiple identification badges can now move one to the opposite side of the Army Combat Uniform rather than wear two on one sleeve. These include: The Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Badge, the Military Horseman Badge, the Drill Sergeant Badge, the Army or Army Reserve Recruiter Badge, the Career Counselor Badge, the Army National Guard Recruiter Badge, and the Instructor Badge.

According to a May 15 memo from McConville, soldiers are still limited to two total badges on the ACU. We get it: Symmetry is important.

In a separate memo dated May 8, female soldiers are authorized to eschew the traditional knee-length skirt and wear slacks or a skirt with their Army Service Uniform during social occasions.

Reference: http://taskandpurpose.com

How to Support Women Who Serve, Their Mental Health: Tips for Providers

Women represent about 16 percent of our active-duty military force. As they continue to serve, it’s critical that clinicians are equipped to treat their psychological health concerns.

Read more information related to how we can better support women in the military by exploring the full story, posted by the Defense Centers of Excellence May 16th, 2017.

Link to article:
http://dcoe.mil/blog/17-05-16/how-support-women-who-serve-their-mental-health-tips-providers

April is the Month of the Military Child!

April was designated as the Month of the Military Child to raise awareness that kids serve, too. There are currently approximately two million military children, ranging in ages from newborn to 18 years old; 1.3 million military children are school-aged.

To celebrate Military Children’s Health Month in April, the T2 Public Affairs Office outlined some resources that the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2) produced in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street. Check them out!

Resources for Parents (developed with the VA):

•    Parenting for Service Members and Veterans: This online course offers help with parenting through interactive games and resources, and real stories from military families. The Parenting2Go app offers tips on-the-go from this course for managing stress or navigating challenging conversations with your children.
•    Moving Forward: Another online course teaches you to how to improve your problem-solving skills and handle stress by breaking down stressors into manageable daily challenges and learning to set achievable goals. The Moving Forward app is the mobile version of this course.

Resources for Kids (developed with Sesame Workshop):

•    Sesame Street for Military Families: The familiar characters on this website help parents talk to their children about military life situations like moving or deployment. Kids can find activities to earn “new friend coupons” from Bert and Ernie, while Big Bird and Elmo help children identify their emotions through the “Feeling Faces” guide.
•    Feel Electric! is an app that helps grade-school children identify and express their emotions through activities and games. (Available on iTunes and Google Play.)
•    The Big Moving Adventure app helps preschoolers understand that moving is a normal part of military life. They can even create a Muppet friend to help them with the move. (Available on iTunes and Google Play.)

From tips for managing stress as a parent to advice for kids from a friendly giggle-prone Muppet, you can use these tools to help your family with the unique challenges they face as part of military life.

DCoE Psychological Health Webinar: Outreach and Support to Military Families: Ethnic/Cultural Considerations

Course date and time: April 27, 2017; 1-2:30 p.m. (Eastern)

The U.S. military has a history steeped in cultural diversity. In 1948 President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981 that declared equal treatment and opportunity for all members of the armed forces — a first for any American institution.

This webinar will examine historical and current evidence of cultural disparities within the general population and in the military. This presentation will offer an overview of key dimensions of cultural diversity, with special attention to the multi-dimensional nature of cultural characteristics, often referred to as intersectionality.

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Military Family Research Institute director, will discuss evidence-based research on effective strategies for supporting cultural minority families. She will talk about developing diversity programs and interventions, and address factors that interfere with compliance, retention and positive outcomes.

After this webinar, participants will:

  • Discuss how cultural diversity relates to minority families in the United States
  • Analyze cultural disparities within the military
  • Learn different, evidence-based strategies for reaching out to and supporting cultural minority families

Continuing Education
Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG). You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) April 27, 2017, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.
The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.

Registration
Sign up for the webinar at http://dcoe.cds.pesgce.com. Please note, registration is required for each webinar regardless if the participant has an existing PESG account. Upon completion of registration, a confirmation email will be sent providing webinar event details.

Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect to attend the webinar. If you have questions or need assistance, please email the DCoE webinar team at [email protected]

Access Issues Identified

Issues have been identified accessing Workday, Cornerstone and ServiceNow via CNET.

Dedicated IT Support teams are investigating the issues to determine root cause and options for resolution.

For your reference, IT  ticket number for these issues is INC1518735.

We will update this message as the situation progresses. Thank you for your patience.

 

Need Help Downloading the Citrix Receiver?

Having trouble downloading the Citrix Receiver?

Step by step instructions are provided directly below.

Download instructions here: Step 1 – How to Download Citrix Receiver 1.26.17

Activity Form Training Videos Available Now!

The Activity Form Training section has been updated with ten (10) brief training seminars that focus on specific areas of the activity form process.  Click on the link below to explore the new situation specific training options today!

Link to training: http://mhnmflcprogram.com/resources/activity-form-trainings/activity-form-trainings/

Military Families Learning Network Offering No Cost Webinars

The Military Families Learning Network  is offering webinar topics that focus on the important work service professionals like MFLCs do with military families. You are invited to participate in the upcoming webinars. Note that these webinars offer various continuing education opportunities for both the live and archived versions (for up to one year after the live date). Types of CEUs offered: National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Georgia Marriage and Family Therapy. Registration is required. Please click on the links below for more information and to register.

 

June 1, 2017 (11am-12:30pm Eastern):
Unintended Consequences: What We Now Know about Spanking and Child Development
Link to webinar: https://learn.extension.org/events/3017
CEs offered: NASW & GA MFT

 

July 13, 2017 (11am-12:30pm Eastern):
From Diapers to Diplomas: Exploring Resilience in Military Children
Link to webinar: https://learn.extension.org/events/3020
CEs offered: NASW & GA MFT

 

August 17, 2017 (11am-12:30pm Eastern):
The Buffer Zone: What Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
Teaches about Maximizing Health & Wellbeing
Link to webinar: https://learn.extension.org/events/3027
CEs offered: NASW & GA MFT

 

Stay connected with Military Families Learning Network!
Website: https://militaryfamilies.extension.org/family-development/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MFLNfamilydevelopment
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MFLNFD