The American Red Cross has announced a new course: 
“Coping With Deployments: Psychological First Aid for Military Families”

The American Red Cross has announced a new course:  “Coping With Deployments: Psychological First Aid for Military Families” is now available. The course, offered free of charge, is open to military family members of active duty, Reserve and National Guard forces, as well as veterans and their families.  

The Red Cross developed the course to address the stress and strain of deployments on military family members to include spouses, children, parents, siblings and significant others of servicemembers and veterans. The course is taught by actively licensed Red Cross mental health professionals. The Red Cross worked closely with subject matter experts from all branches in development of the final curriculum.  

"The American Red Cross is rooted in a proud tradition of providing support to servicemembers, veterans and their families for more than 100 years," said Sherri L. Brown, sr. vice president, Service to the Armed Forces. "From the front lines to the home front, the Red Cross will continue to help servicemembers and their families receive the services they need into the future. We are thankful that we can be there to help those who have served our nation."

The course provides significant information on resiliency strategies for adults and children. Resiliency is the process of how one quickly recovers from adversity or change. The course also explains the easy steps involved in psychological first aid which involves providing immediate support to people in distress. A significant resource and referral section in the course helps families identify resources that can provide additional assistance to them quickly. When taken as a single session, the course lasts four hours. It can also be divided into a module that focuses on adult issues which lasts two and a half-hours or a module focusing on children's issues which lasts one and a half-hours.

Interested families and individuals who would like to register should contact the Chapter POC at the respective location.  Participants do not have to give a full name but are asked to notify us so that we have enough materials.   You can also call the local chapter to find out how to schedule a course for a military family group. Local chapters can be located by visiting http://www.redcross.org.

The following dates, times, and locations have been confirmed: 

  • November 12, 2008, Wednesday, 5:30 to 9:30 pm,
    American Red Cross, Central Plains Chapter, 404 E Third St., Grand Island, NE 68801
    Central Plains Chapter POC:  Barb Kenny, (308) 382-3790. 
    Must register by November 4th 

  • November 15, 2008, Saturday, 1:30 to 5:30 pm,
    American Red Cross, Cornhusker Chapter, 220 Oakcreek Drive, Lincoln, NE68501
    Cornhusker Chapter POC:  Pam Peterson, (402) 441-6381
    Must register by November 7th

This date, time, and location NOT YET CONFIRMED but pending:

  • December 13, 2008, Saturday 1:00 to 5:00 pm, American Red Cross, Heartland Chapter

For more information, you may also contact:
Nick Farruggia
American Red Cross
Service to Armed Forces
Manager, Service to Military Families (Nebraska)
2912 South 80th Avenue
Omaha, NE  68124

Office: (402) 343-7747
FAX: (402) 397-5916
E-MAIL - farruggian@usa.redcross.org