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American Red Cross Offers Class to Help Families Cope with Military Deployments

Stacy Martin Story by on April 8, 2011 . Click on author name to view all articles by this author. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

 

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The American Red Cross is offering Coping With Deployments: Psychological First Aid for Military Families, on Saturday, May 7th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Red Cross Central Oklahoma Chapter in Oklahoma City. This important class addresses the stress and strain of deployments on military families and provides helpful tools for managing these challenges.

“While all branches of service pay increased attention to helping service members to cope with the psychological stress of combat, the Red Cross believes it’s just as important to ensure families are ready too,” said Alonda McGraw, Assistant Director of Service to Armed Forces. “Loved ones often face their own challenges when a family member deploys and we don’t want to overlook their needs.”

 

Licensed Red Cross mental health professionals lead participants through information and discussions designed to help them respond to the challenges of having deployed loved ones.  The course is targeted to spouses, children, parents, siblings and significant others of service members and veterans. Participants learn the easy steps involved in psychological first aid- which involves providing immediate emotional support to people in distress.  A section on referrals also teaches families how to identify other agencies or community resources they can turn to for help and support.  All of this happens in a supportive and confidential environment.

 

The course is approximately 4 ½ hours in length and can be divided into an adult module (2 ½ hours) or a children’s module (2 hours).  The children’s module specifically teaches adults how to help young people through the stressful changes that accompany a deployment in the family. The course is free to military members or their families and is taught in a confidential environment.

 

To register for this class or to ask for more information contact Alonda McGraw at (405) 228-9510 or e-mail at amcgraw@arcok.org.

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.okc.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.

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