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Twitter Cohort Lite

By Molly C. Herndon , Social Media Specialist

The Personal Finance and Network Literacy teams will again be joining forces to create a learning opportunity for folks interested in Twitter. The 2-week event will begin May 18.

This year’s event will focus on asynchronous activities that participants can complete at their own pace. The event’s guides have assembled resources and homework for participants that will teach new skills and broaden existing networks. Watch videos and view last year’s syllabus here.

The Twitter Cohort Lite promises to be an easy way to get your feet wet and start tweeting with a supportive and encouraging network of professionals. By participating in this year’s event, you will:

  • Twitter-CohortBuild your Twitter personal learning network centered around your interests.
  • Engage in conversations with a Twitter community that starts with your fellow cohort members and reaches across the world.
  • Start online relationships that will last into the future.
  • Begin to see how Twitter can be used for teaching, learning, and connecting.

So if the Twitterverse seems intimidating or if you’re just learning to enhance your own personal learning network, register today for this immersive learning opportunity.

This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on May 5, 2015.

2015 Personal Finance Virtual Learning Event

Molly C. Herndon

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Join us a 3-day learning event June 2-4 that will focus influencing positive change in clients. The 2015 Personal Finance Virtual Learning Event is an online learning opportunity to connect with colleagues, broaden your professional network, learn from experts in the field, and earn free CEUs!

On Tuesday, June 2 at 11 a.m. ET Dr. Barbara O’Neill will present Motivating Clients to Develop Positive Financial Behaviors. This webinar will describe ways to prompt positive behavior change in others. It will begin with a discussion of three leading behavior change theories and the concepts of locus of control and time preference. It will then discuss 20 specific financial behavior change strategies, relevant concepts from the field of behavioral finance, and implications for financial practitioners.

On Wednesday, June 3 at 11 a.m. ET, Dr. Mary Bell Carlson will present Financial Therapy Insights for Financial Counseling and Education. This session will explain what financial therapy is and how it differs from financial counseling, coaching, and planning. You will learn some of the specific techniques and models used in financial therapy and even some tips on how to incorporate some of these techniques into your sessions to help facilitate the opportunity for lasting financial behavior change with your clients.PF VLE 1 PAGER 2015

On Thursday, June 4 at 11 a.m. ET, Jerry Buchko will present Step by Step Financial Coaching Techniques. This webinar will deliver step-by-step techniques financial educators can employ to influence positive behavior change in their clients.

Each 90-minute webinar will be followed by a 1-hour Twitter chat. Engage, ask questions and post comments by using #MFLNchat.

Each webinar is approved for 1.5 CEUs for AFC-credentialed participants through AFCPE and 1.5 general CEUs for CPFC-credentialed participants through FinCert. Learn more about our CEU process here.

More details on this 3-day event are available here. We hope to see you online June 2-4!

This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on April 21, 2015.

May Caregiving Webinar: Promoting Knowledge through Effective Education

Join the Military Caregiving concentration for our upcoming monthly professional development webinar on, ‘Promoting Knowledge Gain and Behavior Change through Effective Education.’ Did I mention that this is a FREE professional development opportunity, with no registration required? Event details are below.

Watch and listen as Andy Crocker, webinar presenter and Extension Specialist in Gerontology and Health at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, provides a sneak peek into what you can expect from the upcoming May 12th webinar.

CEU Credit Available!

The Military Families Learning Network will be providing 1.0 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) continuing education credit to credentialed participants. Certificates of Completion will also be available for training hours as well. For more information on CEU credits go to: NASW Continuing Education Instructions. 

Interested in Joining the Webinar?

*No registration is required; simply go to, Promoting Knowledge through Effective Education, the day of the event to join. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense so you must install security certificates if you are not located on a military installation. Instructions for certificate installation can be found by clicking on DCO Adobe Certificate Installation. You can connect to the Adobe webinar using iPhone, iPad, and Droid apps. Search for DCO Connect in the respective stores.

For those who cannot connect to the Adobe site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on Ustream.


This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 17, 2015.

Medication Management Training – Key Take Aways

Last Wednesday the Military Caregiving concentration hosted a professional development training on ‘Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members.’ Presenters Kristin Kuhlmann, Ph.D., and Captain Nancy Turrubiates provided participants with a basic overview of narcotic medications within the military, how medications effect wounded service members, and identified tips for effective case management for professionals working with family caregivers.

Upon completion of the training, Dr. Kuhlmann and Captain Turrubiates provided four ‘Key Take Aways’ for professionals to use within their work. Take a look at these key strategies below and think about how each tip could impact your work as a service provider.

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Are these tips helpful in your profession? What are some additional ‘Key Take Aways’ that have helped you in your work?

In case you missed last week’s presentation, it was recorded and can be found by going to Medication Management. Participants can also still receive continuing education credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and/or a certificate of completion.


This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 14, 2015.

Webinar Next Week – Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members

Remember to join us at 11:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 9 for our military professional development webinar on “Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members.” Presenters, Kristin Kuhlmann, Ph.D., and Nancy Turrubiates from West Texas A&M University, will provide information on various classes of narcotics, along with their actions and interactions with other medications, as well as the potential dependence it may cause for wounded warriors.

Narcotic medications may be prescribed for a variety of treatments, primarily pain management, anxiety, and sleep disorders. As professionals it is important to learn how these medications may impact service members and the effects it may have on their well-being. The image below provides a preview to what participants can expect to learn about during the training.

This training is FREE and is available to military service providers and families. To join the event, simply go to: Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members.

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Why is Work-Life Balance Important for Professionals?

Work-Life BalanceTrying to balance work, family and life can be a challenge for us all. In a recent professional development webinar, Working to Balance Life, the presenter not only laid the foundation for finding personal work-life balance but she also offered feedback for employers, supervisors and managers who are trying to retain and strengthen their workforce while seeking balance.

When you are feeling unbalanced it may be helpful to do a self-audit of areas and activities where you can get your energy and balance back.  Negotiating balance in the workforce can be essential.

Many businesses and organizations are beginning to implement work-family initiatives into their plan of work so as to perceive a more family-friendly and attractive organization, while reducing burnout and turnover ratios of their employees (Kelly et al., 2008).

Work-family initiatives that many of us are familiar with include:

  • Flex-time
  • Part-time work
  • Job sharing
  • Compressed work week
  • Telework
  • Partially paid family leaves
  • Pre-tax spending accounts for dependent care
  • Information and referral accounts to find care
  • On-site child care

These initiatives vary among organizations and businesses and you may need to do a little research to see what is or is not offered in your professional setting and if your position is eligible for such initiatives.

Management support can be a critical variable in determining if work-life initiatives are actually used within the workforce. Employees are less likely to take advantage of initiatives if there is a lack of management support. When we have the support of supervisors in regards to utilizing work-life initiatives, studies have shown a positive impact in employee’s performances. Such impacts include:

  • Greater work-family balance
  • Lower work-family conflict
  • More perceived success in work and life
  • More loyalty to the organization or business
  • More job satisfaction
  • Lower employee turnover

Professional development training for employers and employees may be helpful to determine what work-life initiatives are available, how to communicate between both parties on finding balance and identifying the best initiative for overall success.

To learn more about work-life balance and how it can affect not only balances in the workforce, but also maintaining balance within your personal life go to, Working to Balance Life, by Sandra B. Morissette, Ph.D.


This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on March 27, 2015.

April Caregiving Webinar: Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members

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Join the Military Caregiving Concentration for a FREE monthly professional development webinar on, ‘Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members.’

Narcotic medications are used for a variety of treatments such as, pain management, anxiety, and sleep disorders. Narcotic prescriptions may be given to augment and extend the effects of medications for service members with acute and chronic pain.

Within the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role that professionals play in medication management for service members.
  • Identify various classes of narcotics, their actions and potential dependence it may cause for wounded warriors.
  • Highlight differences in the therapies for acute and chronic pain management, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Presenters

The April caregiving webinar will feature two presenters from West Texas A&M University (WTAMU), Kristen Kuhlmann, Ph.D., and Nancy Turrubiates, MSN, RN.

Dr. Kuhlmann is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at WTAMU with a research interest in exploring what motivates people to begin or maintain a healthy lifestyle, in order to reduce chronic health problems. Nancy Turrubiates is an Instructor of Nursing at WTAMU and is also a direct commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserves and was promoted to Captain (CPT) in 2011. Turrubiates currently teaches in the Bachelor of Science Nursing program at WTAMU to senior level students in community health courses.

CEU Credit Available!

The Military Families Learning Network will be providing 1.0 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) continuing education credit to credentialed participants. Certificates of Completion will also be available for training hours as well. For more information on CEU credits go to: NASW Continuing Education Instructions. 

Interested in Joining the Webinar?

*No registration is required; simply go to, Understanding Narcotic Medication for Service Members, the day of the event to join. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense so you must install security certificates if you are not located on a military installation. Instructions for certificate installation can be found by clicking on DCO Adobe Certificate Installation. You can connect to the Adobe webinar using iPhone, iPad, and Droid apps. Search for DCO Connect in the respective stores.

For those who cannot connect to the Adobe site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on Ustream.


This post written by Mikala Whitaker of the MFLN Military Caregiving concentration team and was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on March 17, 2015.

Q&A with #eXmilcaregiving: Why is Medicaid an Important Resource for Service Members?

iStock_000000429058LargeMedicaid is an insurance program that provides health coverage for many who are low income or disabled. The program is operated at the state level, using federal and state funding. However, Medicaid programs vary substantially from state to state.

Medicaid can be an important resource because it may provide supplemental or “wrap-around” coverage for services that may have limited coverage under TRICARE or a service member’s primary insurance program. In doing so, it may provide coverage for services that are not otherwise provided under TRICARE or an insurance program. Because of state variability in Medicaid program services and delivery systems, there is a lack of programs and services consistency across the states.

To learn more about Medicaid check out our Medicaid and Military Families: An Introduction training.


Have a question for our military caregiving team? Let us know! We want to hear from you.

As a Professional, How Do You Encourage Caregivers & Service Members to Open Up?

Often times it can be difficult as you work with service members and their families to get them to really open up to you in order to better identify appropriate services to meet their specific needs. In some cases, service members and their families may be reluctant to opening up to you as a professional for fear of their reputation, stigma associated with receiving help, denial about his/her condition(s), or the overall unknown (Brintnall-Peterson, 2014).

We asked a variety of military professionals from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor in Washington state, that work with wounded service members and families, on advice they would offer to getting their clients to open up.

Watch and listen as each professional provides key tips and strategies on communicating with their service members and families to get the conversation flowing.

After listening how each individual responds, can you relate to their feedback? What are some strategies that have worked in your profession to getting service members and families to open up? (Insert your response in the comment box below.)


The ‘Professionals Helping Professional’ video series was developed in order to highlight various military service professionals and their work with wounded service members and families throughout the branches of service. The goal of the video series is to enhance the work of military helping professionals and provide educational development to better support our service members and their families.

This post written by Mikala Whitaker of the MFLN Military Caregiving concentration team and was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on March 9, 2015.

Service Professionals Offer Advice for Military Caregivers

What advice can you offer families of wounded service members? In the latest Military Caregiving, ‘Professionals Helping Professionals’ video, military helping professionals from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor in Washington state offered their advice to family caregivers of wounded service members on various issues.

Watch and listen as each professional provides key tips and strategies for caregiving, especially if the service member is currently going through the medical evaluation process.

After listening to the military helping professionals, what advice can you offer that you think is beneficial for military caregivers to be aware of?

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The ‘Professionals Helping Professional’ video series was developed in order to highlight various military service professionals and their work with wounded service members and families throughout the branches of service. The goal of the video series is to enhance the work of military helping professionals and provide educational development to better support our service members and their families.

This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on February 17, 2015.