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posted February 18, 2014

The UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center (NFRC) has made it a priority to provide evidence-based resiliency services to families where they live, work, and play. Accomplishing this involves effectively utilizing innovative technology to reach families both near and far. One of the ways that technology is used to provide services to families is through the UCLA NFRC’s TeleFOCUS program. TeleFOCUS delivers the same quality FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) Family Resilience Training that is offered in-person at the UCLA NFRC to families across the nation.

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posted February 12, 2014

In a recent issue, UCLA Magazine featured an article from UCLA Chancellor Gene Block that described UCLA's efforts both on campus and across the country to support Military Families. 

Read the full article here!

posted February 4, 2014

The UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center is excited to share a new and free educational opportunity: Star Behavioral Health Providers, a training program for civilian mental health providers intended to make them better able to understand, assess, and counsel members of the Military. Star Behavioral Health Providers is a collaborative effort of UCLA, the California National Guard, Purdue University’s Military Family Research Institute, and the Center for Deployment Psychology.

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posted January 29, 2014

The UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center is currently recruiting for a study of the FOCUS – Early Childhood (FOCUS-EC) model. FOCUS-EC, the newest adaptation of our nationally recognized FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) Family Resilience Training program, is specifically designed for Military families with young children.

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posted January 27, 2014

This week marks the third annual NIDA Drug Facts week, an awareness week focused on shattering the myths about drug use!

About one third of high school seniors report having used illicit drugs in the past year (NIDA),... Read more

posted January 17, 2014

In a recent special issue, the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment published new research on the unique challenges faced by Military families. This issue, titled Social and Behavioral Health in the Military: Responding to the Needs of Soldiers and their Families in the Post 9/11 Environment, featured an article from NFRC Intervention Specialist Sara Green, M.A., University of Washington School of Social Work Professor Paula Nurius, Ph.D., and NFRC Director Patricia Lester, M.D.

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posted January 14, 2014

In 2013, the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center (NFRC) was awarded a two-year grant from the Newman’s Own Foundation to support programs for Female Veterans.

“The support of the Newman’s Own Foundation allows us to expand our services to address the mental health needs of Female Veterans, a community that is... Read more

posted January 10, 2014

Full access to the 2013 Special Issue of The Future of Children is now available online! Described as a 'must read' by The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring, this special issue focuses on Military children and families and features an article co-authored by UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center Director Dr. Patricia Lester. 

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posted December 19, 2013

In February 2014, a group of health care and related providers will be travelling to India to conduct a medical mission. Among those providers are several from the UCLA School of Medicine including NFRC’s own Dr. Patricia Lester and Dr. Edye Garcia.  Other UCLA clinicians include Drs. Smitta Patel and Brenda Bursch; nurses Clarice Marsh and Kerry Gold; and Child Life Specialist Clarissa Byrd.

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posted December 18, 2013

National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple® Retreats are designed to help families renew their relationships through activities that promote team building, effective communication, and environmental education.

The upcoming February 2014 retreat will be held over four days (Feb 14-18) and offers a variety of activities... Read more