Audio and Video
Heidi J. Bauer, MSW, LCSW, a therapist specializing in working with service members and their families, presents an overview of her four simple drills to help reverse the symptoms of stress. These drills can help slow your heart rate, lower your blood pressure and reduce the level of stress hormones in your body. By doing these drills regularly, you can lower your baseline stress level and be better prepared to deal with stress in the future.
The first drill is a progressive muscle relaxation exercise to help reverse the symptoms of stress. This drill provides exercises that help you become focused, calm, alert, relaxed and ready.
The second drill helps you relax by focusing on different parts of your body. This drill provides exercises designed to rid your mind of negative thoughts and instill a feeling of calmness and safety.
The third drill will help you relax your back. This drill provides exercises targeted at releasing stress in your neck, shoulders, and back, allowing you to have a well-rested body.
The fourth drill will help you get to sleep. This drill provides exercises designed to help you fall asleep and improve the quality of your sleep so that you become mentally stronger and more alert.
The fifth drill is music to chill by to help reverse the symptoms of stress. This drill provides music to designed to help you fall asleep and to improve the quality of your sleep so that you become mentally stronger and more alert.
This video program is designed specifically for older children and adolescents as they face military deployment in their family. This product was developed by military pediatricians and adolescent medicine specialists to help military youth understand that they are not alone when they experience family separation. It also provides tools for young people to use to begin to understand and cope in healthy ways with their feelings and emotions related to a military deployment. The video program utilizes the cutting edge concepts of psycho education and youth centeredness in order to emphasize prevention and resilience whenever possible.
This video helps families deal with deployment separation stress in healthy, positive ways by developing resiliency and coping mechanisms in children and their families and decreasing community stress and family dysfunction. This kit covers all phases of deployment, focusing on family integration. Written and performed by children and their parents who have experienced deployment, it presents common scenarios that most families face and can be used in proactive community family support training related to deployment separation issues. Share it with military (active duty, National Guard or reserve) and civilian families, schools, churches and other civilian support organizations.
Created with the help of service members who have returned from combat and military experts on reunion and reintegration, this booklet provides a detailed list of resources that help returning service members and their families deal with all aspects of reunion and reintegration. Note: This book is not intended for children or adolescents.
This children's board book is designed to support young children, their parents and caregivers through post-deployment reunification. This book addresses family change and connectedness from the young child’s perspective, capturing the range of emotions and experiences which can be associated with post-deployment reunion.
This board book can provide reassurance and comfort to a young child who is separated from a military parent because of deployment. Through this book, parents and caregivers can help keep hearts and minds open for a successful reunion. Each book has an insert in the back for a photo of the deployed parent so that the child can see daddy while thinking about him.
This board book can provide reassurance and comfort to a young child who is separated from a military parent because of deployment. Through this book, parents and caregivers can help keep hearts and minds open for a successful reunion. Each book has an insert in the back for a photo of the deployed parent so that the child can see mommy while thinking about her.
CDs and DVDs
In this CD, fatherhood expert and former Marine Airman Brott talks about ways to stay close with your child from before you deploy to after you return.
On this recording, former Navy psychologist Dr. Heidi Squier Kraft and women across the service branches discuss their challenges and successes as mothers who deployed. Please note, the zip file is 65.4 MB and may take time to download.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense agency that seeks to develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law and resolving conflicts through mediation.
This Trevor Romain comfort kit for kids is centered on the Parents Choice Gold Award-winning DVD, "What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies?" Despite the serious subject matter, kids of all ages are enlightened and encouraged as Romain's characters learn how to move toward grief instead of running away from it. This comfort kit includes a DVD, book, a journal for self-expression, a stuffed animal for comfort, a special memory box for keepsakes, and a booklet for caregivers.
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