This course is designed to teach professionals who support military-connected children and youth the challenges and joys that children face during a time of reintegration following a family member’s return after an extended absence. Participants will learn strategies to help students adjust during the reunion, and during the journey of reconnecting and reestablishing family routine.

Participants receive the following resources during the training:

  • The Journey from “Welcome Home” to Now: Reunion, Reconnecting, Routine™ Participant Manual (MCEC publication)
  • The Military Parents’ Guide to Education Legislation (MCEC publication)
  • Workgroup on Intervention with Combat Injured Families Executive Summary from Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
  • When the Warrior Returns: Making the Transition at Home by Nathan D. Ainspan and Walter E. Penk
  • Sparrow by Dorinda William

About this course:

Course Format:

Face-to-Face instruction with up to 50 people per session.

Course Length:

 This course includes 8 clock hours (.8 CEUs) of instruction and group work time, exclusive of breaks and lunch.


 Professionals and other adults working with children whose parents have been deployed or have been geographically separated for an extended period of time.

Course Agenda:
  • Overview and Demographics of Military-Connected Children
  • Transitions
  • Responses to Transition through a developmental lens
  • Hardiness
  • Resilient Families
  • Protective Factors
  • Stressors
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Challenges versus Trauma
  • Coping
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Growth and Fixed Mindset
  • Community Resilience
Learning Outcomes:
  • Define the importance of attachment, hope, engagement and well-being on the development of hardiness in children and youth
  • Differentiate structures that support children and youth during reintegration and those which strengthen or impede the ability to thrive
  • Integrate positive strategies which develop hardiness in children and youth during the reintegration phase into participant’s work setting
  • Identify the importance of service and “giving back” in the lives of children and youth as an impactful trait to develop.
Credit Options:

CEU - Course participants are eligible to receive .8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this eight clock hour course. MCEC is a National Board for Certified Counselors Approved Continuing Education provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements (Face-to-face course only). The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. These designations allow us to offer you these opportunities.

The Military Child Education Coalition is an approved continuing education provider for the Texas Education Association Provider # 501-090, Texas and other state entities.

To receive CEUs a participant must maintain 95% attendance, engage in the class activities and discussions, complete an end of course evaluation, and complete an end-of-course assessment with a minimum score of 80%. The CEU fee is $25.00.


TEA         NBCC


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