Learning 5 Key Skills
In FOCUS, families develop a shared understanding of how their own deployment experiences, challenges, and successes create a unique story to enhance their resiliency and better prepare them for the next deployment.
Family members learn to better understand their emotions and a common emotional language to make it easier to communicate with one another. Parents learn skills to help them identify emotional reactions their children might have, such as being worried or sad.
Family members learn to actively listen and respond to one another's concerns. They learn how to express feelings, talk to each other, and deal with deployment stress. Parents also learn how to address their children's concerns when they are worried about their parents' safety and/or their own safety.
Families learn how to clearly define problems and implement effective solutions, as well as ways to handle to day-to-day challenges related to deployment, while recognizing and building upon their existing strengths.
Families learn how to set and take steps towards achievable goals. Parents learn to work better as a team in parenting their children before, during, and after deployment.
Managing Deployment Reminders
Family members learn how to develop a plan together to deal effectively with deployment and combat stress reminders.