Over the past six weeks, the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center (NFRC) participated in the Newman’s Own Foundation Honoring Those Who Serve Fundraising Challenge. Hosted on CrowdRise, a crowdfundraising platform for nonprofits, the challenge involved organizations that serve United States military personnel, Veterans, and their families. In all, 28 participating charities raised $491,747 from more than 2,700 donations. An additional $180,000 was awarded by Newman’s Own Foundation. The Challenge was part of a larger Newman’s Own Foundation effort Honoring Those Who Serve. ... Read more
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The UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center (NFRC) was featured in the Daily Bruin as a resource for Veterans and their families.
Read the full article on the Daily Bruin Website here: http://dailybruin.com/2013/11/12/program-focuses-on-veteran-reintegration/
Young people ages 18-24 make up approximately 12% of the homeless population in the United States1. Each year in California, there is an estimated 200,000 homeless youth2. These young people are often coming from conflicted or unstable home environments and have run away in an attempt to escape or resolve family problems. Once homeless, their risk for mental health challenges such as PTSD and depression, suicide, drug abuse and addiction, and HIV/AIDS increases3. Resulting from the instability of living on the streets, these young people also face many... Read more
November is National Military Family Appreciation Month and the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center (NFRC) is excited to celebrate those families that sacrifice so much in their service for our country. Issues faced by our military such as deployment and reintegration do not only affect the Service Member, these challenges also take a toll on the entire family unit. Spouses and partners must deal with long periods without their significant other, as wells as learning to adjust to new routines and schedules in order to effectively parent and manage the household alone. Children deal... Read more
NFRC’s Dr. Edye Garcia and Dr. Jo Sornborger will be presenting at the Children's Institute, Inc. (CII) In Harm's Way Conference on Friday, November 1st. The presentations at this conference will focus on “Implementing Trauma-Informed Practice And Reducing the Risk of Vicarious Trauma.” Click here to learn more http://www.childrensinstitute.org/events/details/110
The UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center (NFRC) Director, Dr. Patricia Lester, met with Congresswoman Grace Napolitano yesterday in El Monte, CA to discuss the NFRC’s available resources for Veterans in the Los Angeles Area. Some of the resources highlighted in the presentation were FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) Family Resilience Training, The Welcome Back Veterans Program, and Operation PurpleTM Family Retreats. The Congresswoman is the Co-Chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus and has hosted a variety of Congressional Briefings on issues related to... Read more
This week, the U.S. Department of Defense in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs launched http://militaryparenting.org/ a new parenting resource for military families. Designed as an inclusive online course, parents have access to a variety of tools including video interviews from real families, interactive parenting activities, and printable tip sheets. Parents using the site are guided through learning modules that cover a variety of topics from effective communication to managing stress and emotions. These resources... Read more
The UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center is pleased to announce that its Strategies for Enhancing Early Developmental Success (SEEDS) Program was awarded an Early Childhood Reading Grant from Target. The SEEDS Program serves families with young children (0 to 5 years old) in the Los Angeles county child welfare system. This grant will directly benefit families enrolled in the SEEDS for School Readiness (SEEDS-SR) Program. The ultimate goal of the SEEDS-SR program is to promote the behavioral, social, and pre-academic skills preschool –aged children need to succeed in elementary school... Read more
NFRC’s Associate Director of Training, Dr. Ediza Garcia is scheduled to present at this week’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Early Intervention Summit in Sacramento, CA.
Dr. Garcia’s presentation is titled - A Call to Action: Building Protective Factors to Strengthen Military Families.
The presentation will:
• Describe the unique challenges faced by children living in Military and Veteran families.
• Illustrate the importance of a family-level approach to promote resilience, build co-parenting skills, and foster secure... Read more
UCLA NFRC Director, Dr. Patricia Lester, will present on October 15th as part of the Semel Institute at UCLA Psychiatry Grand Rounds, a weekly educational conference that provides attendees with cutting-edge information about the clinical neurosciences, human behavior, and mental health care. The presentation will cover the impact of PTSD on the family.
Click here for more information: http://www.psychiatrygrandrounds.com