Road to Mental Readiness Phase III
This course was developed to provide military family members’ (family member is defined by military member and can include: spouse, life partner, parent or alternative) with the information and skills required to manage the challenges associated with a military deployment. The course can be facilitated in a group setting or one on one. The military member has the option of joining the family member during the briefing session. The content in the family program is similar to what the military members are taught during their pre-deployment workup training, only geared towards the family and the challenges they face during the deployment period. By providing similar language and learning objectives, the military member and their family have a common understanding of stress and the similar skill sets to discuss the difficulties and challenges they may face. The course is designed to be interactive, build upon the participants’ knowledge and experience and to provide practical skills to manage stress. The briefing time allotment is between two and three hours.
Module I : Introduction
- A better understanding of the familial challenges associated with deployment
- Increased awareness about mental health and the signs of mental health problems
- New tools and approaches to manage familial stress associated with the deployment
- Information about personal and external resources to foster mental health and well-being in the family
This module is meant to welcome the group, get them comfortable interacting with each other, acknowledge their experience, establish training expectations, and introduce the deployment highway concept.
Module A Overview of R2MR Program
Module A provides a brief overview of all of the phases of the R2MR program. It reviews the military and family training objectives, as they exist along the deployment highway. This module is strongly recommended when the mission will include all five phases – and the military member will be receiving phases I and II of the R2MR program.
Module II: The Challenges of Separation
Module II is designed to identify the familial challenges associated with separation and deployment.
Module B Mission Leave
Module B reviews the challenges of mission leave or Home Leave Travel Allowance (HLTA) and provides strategies to manage these challenges. This module is recommended if the deployment will involve mission leave.
Module III : The Mental Health Continuum Model
Module III introduces the fact that mental health exists along a continuum between good mental health, declining mental health and mental illness. This module also reviews the signs may indicate someone is moving along that continuum.
Module IV : Tools for Managing the Separation
Module IV is the core of the skills component for managing separation. Skills including goal setting, visualization, self talk, and deep breathing (The Big Four) are taught along with communication, self-care, and managing emotions. All of these skills can be applied to the challenge of family separation.
Module C Supporting Children
Module C is designed to provide parents information on how to support their children through the separation and deployment experience. This module is recommended if any of the participants in the briefing have children.
Module D Supporting Your Adult Child through their Deployment
Module D provides some unique information and strategies for parents of deploying CAF members. It is recommended if any of the participants are parents seeking information to support their son/daughter during the deployment.
Module V: Resources of Support
Module V identifies the personal, social and community resources of support to assist families should they struggle in their efforts to manage the challenges associated with the deployment. Information about when one may want to seek treatment and what occurs in therapy are also provided.