Webinar offering free 1.5 CEU’s

The Buffer Zone: What Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study Teaches about Maximizing Health and Wellbeing

Thursday, August 17 at 11:00 am EDT

90 minute event

Military Families Learning Network Webinars

You must register for the event to obtain the web address.


About this Webinar

In an attempt to look at the association between childhood trauma and the risk for physical and mental illness in adulthood, Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention established the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study which is one of the largest scientific research studies of its kind. This 90-minute webinar will provide participants with in-depth information on this study and its implications. 

Presenter Information

Melissa Merrick, PhD, is a Behavioral Scientist with the Surveillance Branch in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Merrick serves as the Lead Scientist for the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study in DVP and is the Subject Matter Expert for Child Maltreatment. Dr. Merrick’s research focuses primarily on the etiology, course, and prevention of child maltreatment.

CEU and Certificate of Completion Information

We will be granting 1.5 CEUs through the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work.
These educational hours may be submitted by professionals to meet continuing education requirements
for renewal of Social Work, Professional Counselor, and Marriage and Family Therapist licenses.
The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work is an approved CE provider
in all but the following 11 states:
Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, and Oklahoma. 
However, participants are encouraged to check with their states’ latest licensing rules to confirm reciprocity and CE rules. 

How to Join

You may connect via the APAN Connect system or YouTube Live. For tech support for either system, email us at [email protected]

APAN Connect (direct interaction with presenters and audience)

To get the URL for the webinar, register in the grey box at the top-right of this page

Go mobile by viewing on the Adobe Connect app (Android & iPhone compatible)

If you cannot access APAN Connect, view via YouTube Live

YouTube Live (broadcast only, limited interaction)

Watch at https://www.youtube.com/user/MilFamLN/live

Go mobile by viewing on the YouTube app


Portal is Down!

When accessing www.mhngs.com or mhn.com, we are receiving the following error message “This page can’t be displayed.”  The ability to access to Citrix and EmpCenter may also be impacted.

IT is aware and working to resolve the issue.

Thank you for your patience.

EMP Center Issues Resolved

The issues related to accessing EmpCenter have been resolved. Please enter time at the end of your work day as normal.


Previous message:

MHN is aware that EmpCenter is not accessible at this time. The IT team is actively working to resolve. There is no ETA for resolution at this time. We will update this message as the status changes.

In the meantime, there are two options to record time:

1. Users can login to https://connect.centene.com and launch the Centene desktop. Once in the published desktop, navigate to the https://cnet.centene.com and click the links button in the top right hand corner. Then choose the link for the EmpCenter. You may have to update the SSO certificate within the published desktop if this has not already been completed. Once the SSO certificate has been updated, click the EmpCenter link to be directed straight to the EmpCenter.


2. Email your MFLC Liaison your time worked at the end of the day. They will update the system.

If you have general comments regarding this message, please reach out to Field Operations at [email protected]

2017 MFLN Virtual Conference

The MFLN Virtual Conference is a free four-day virtual learning and networking experience for professionals working with military service members and their families. Centering on the theme “Learning through Change,” conference keynotes and interactive sessions and activities will explore professional and organizational change from multiple angles:

  • How do we respond to change as individuals, and what do these responses mean for our professional selves?
  • How can we nurture our own professional development in times of uncertainty?
  • How can we lead effectively through change?
  • How can we contribute to positive organizational change within the military service context?
  • What is the impact of an intergenerational workforce on change management?

The virtual conference will be a valuable, informative, and engaging experience for professionals in any discipline. Keynotes and sessions will be offered in two tracks: professional change and organizational change. Ongoing and scheduled social media activities will be available to enhance the learning experience, foster conversation, and support professional networking.

More information coming soon!

Mark your calendars now and check back here often for additional information.

Reference: provided by Military Families Learning Network 2017

America celebrates 241 years

MHN wishes our MFLCs around the world a safe and happy 4th of July!

PORTAL Up and Running

The Portal Issues have been resolved. If you continue to experience issues accessing the portal, please contact [email protected]

Thank you!

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.

There is currently no estimated time of resolution. This message will be updated as the status changes.

Thank you for your patience.

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:

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.