Road to Mental Readiness Phase V
Reunion & Reintegration
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 the transition and reintegration process from military operations. 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 live briefing session. The content in the family program is similar to what the military members are taught during their transition and reintegration training, only geared towards the family and the challenges they face during this 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 provide practical skills to manage stress. The briefing time allotment is between one and a half and two hours.
Module I: Introduction
- A better understanding of the common transitional phase challenges during reintegration
- New tools and approaches to manage familial stress associated with the transition and reintegration
- An increased understanding of stress reactions that may require external support in self and their military loved one, and
- Information about personal and external resources to foster mental health and well-being in the family and military member
This module is meant to welcome the group, get them comfortable interacting with each other, acknowledge their experience, establish training expectations, and introduce the transition and reintegration process.
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 phase IV of the R2MR program.
Module II: Transitioning from Operations
Module II is designed to identify and normalize the common transition process for military and family members as they transition home after deployment. Topics include the physiology of stress and the common experiences of decompression from a high stress environment.
Module B Military Transition and Reintegration Program
Module B reviews the information and purpose of the military transition and reintegration program (R2MR phase IV). This module is recommended if the deployment will involve phase IV, including but not limited to third location decompression and ship reintegration briefings.
Module III: The Challenges of Reintegration
Module III identifies and normalizes the challenges of family/couple transition during the reintegration process.
Module IV: Tools for Managing the Reintegration
Module IV includes tips and skills for managing the reunion. A strong focus of this module is on the skill of effective, assertive communication strategies for managing the reintegration challenges.
Module C Supporting Children
Module C is designed to provide parents information on how to support their children through the reintegration 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 returning CAF members. It is recommended if any of the participants are parents seeking information to support their son/daughter during the reintegration process, particularly if the military member will be returning home to live with his/her parents following the operation.
Module V: Problems Post-Deployment
Module V identifies the red flags and symptoms along the Mental Health Continuum Model that may indicate the transition and reintegration process are not going well. As well as resources for both military and family members, challenging barriers to care and how to express concern.
Module VI: Preparing for a Successful Reintegration
Module VI includes time to develop an individual plan to celebrate success and mentally prepare for possible challenges prior to the return of the military member, as well as recognition and thank you for the families sacrifices and contribution to the success of the mission.