• Donald Poorman

American Red Cross - UPDATE - Virtual Resiliency Workshops

Guide to the Service to Armed Forces Virtual Resiliency Workshops

Program Overview

These virtual modules were developed by a team of Resiliency mental health volunteers and SAF staff members to bring support to service members, veterans and families who are unable to attend in-person workshops. The adult modules are modified versions of in person workshops, and the teen and family modules have new content. All workshops offer an opportunity to connect with others in a small-group, virtual environment.

All workshops are live, interactive and virtual and are facilitated by Red Cross mental health volunteers. Participants are encouraged to share in the discussion as though they were in person together.

Format and Structure

• Sessions are 60-90 minutes.

• Sessions have 3-12 participants.

• There are five virtual modules available for adults and two modules available for teens.

• A mental health facilitator as well as a technical host is present throughout every session.

• Sessions are closed to the general public, and participants are individually invited to attend upon registering.

• All service members, veterans and their family members are welcome and encouraged to attend the sessions.

Topics Presented

The goal of each workshop is to provide a safe, educational space for participants to discuss challenges and concerns and learn the tools to build upon their natural resilience.

Available adult workshop topics include:

• Stress Solutions

• Effective Communication

• Connecting with Kids

• Caregivers of Wounded, Ill and Injured Service Members and Veterans

• Creating Calmness in Stressful Times, a stress-management and relaxation module

Available child workshop topics include:

• Family Laugh and Learn for children ages 13-17 with an adult. There is a two-child suggested maximum per adult.

• Calm and Connected: Virtual Chat for Teens 13-17

Scheduling Workshops

For information on upcoming virtual workshops or to schedule a session, contact your local Red Cross or SAF point of contact.

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