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UCLA NFRC Hosts Provider Training

On April 10th and 11th the UCLA NFRC hosted a training on FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) Family Resilience Training for Military and Veteran Families. This training was open to community providers and gave participants the opportunity to learn how to implement the FOCUS model in their own clinical practice. Attendees represented community organizations including TIES for Families in the South Bay and Child & Family Center in Santa Clarita.

FOCUS Family Resilience Training is an evidence-based model consisting of eight skill-building sessions specificially designed to help families stay strong and supportive of each other during stressful times, such as medical illnesses, traumatic experiences, family separations, military deployments, and transitions. The program allows families to build and reflect on their own story about their life experiances and how they may have been affected by challenging experiences.

Held over two days the hands-on training included interactive presentations from UCLA NFRC Director Dr. Patricia Lester, Director of Training Dr. Catherine Mogil, and Associate Director of Training Dr. Ediza Garcia. Participants were also able to practice and apply new skills during role play activities and group discussions. Upon completion of the hands-on training participants were encouraged to begin implementing the FOCUS model, where appropriate, with the families that they serve.

In the weeks following the training, participants will engage in biweekly model consultation calls. These calls provide an opportunity to discuss FOCUS implementation, problem solve challenging cases, and receive support and guidance from an NFRC Model Supervisor.

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Save the Date!

The next FOCUS Family Resilience Training for Providers will be held Thursday August 21st  and Friday August 22nd at UCLA.


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