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posted May 17, 2013

The UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center (NFRC) announced today that they will receive a grant in the amount of $100,000 from Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.

This grant will allow the UCLA NFRC to help strengthen families with a wounded warrior who was injured in the line of duty since September 11, 2001 in innovative ways.  Through the organization’s TeleFOCUS initiative, they will use videoconferencing technologies to facilitate “meetings” for families and couples with a FOCUS Family Resilience... Read more

posted May 14, 2013

A veteran recently back from a two-year deployment in Iraq, Michelle was struggling with PTSD and memory loss due to a combat-related traumatic brain injury while raising her three kids alone and in the midst of a custody battle with her abusive husband.

The last thing she wanted to do was take her kids to a crowded, noisy L.A. Dodgers game, where her PTSD could send her into a tailspin.

But team members from UCLA’s Welcome Back Veterans Family Resilience Center —... Read more

posted May 10, 2013

On May 9, 2013, UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center Training Team members, Blanca Orellana, Ph.D., and Tom Babayan, M.S., partnered with Strategies and the San Diego Military Family Collaborative to present a special, one-day training in San Diego, California.... Read more

posted March 26, 2013

The Circle of Care campaign highlights stories of resilience from families who have received care in one of the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center’s seven family programs. To commemorate the Center’s 10 year anniversary, the campaign will run for the next seven weeks in the Jewish Journal, thanks to the generous support of Founders Jane and Marc Nathanson.

posted March 13, 2013

The UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center is collaborating with The Center for Reflective Parenting (CRP) on a research project with the Em Le Em project at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev to provide reflective parenting interventions to support mothers of the Negev who are at-... Read more

posted February 25, 2013

Wartime deployment takes a toll on the service member and family members on the home front, with multiple deployments often causing additional stress, disrupting family roles and routines, and impacting parenting at a time when there is decreased support within the family.

Since 2008, Navy Special Warfare (NSW) has been using the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) program called FOCUS (Families Over Coming Under Stress) to provide assistance to its forces, spouses and their children. While BUMED is the executive agent for all program funds, the program is available to all... Read more

posted January 11, 2013

Funding will support community-based implementation of the FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) Family Resiliency Training™ program customized to female veterans and their families of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) residing in Los Angeles, County, California.

The UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center has been awarded a $100,000 grant over two years from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul... Read more

posted January 7, 2013

A growing body of evidence links the ability to be resilient in the face of life's stresses with success and happiness, and points to the importance of childhood experience in determining our ability to cope in adulthood. 

Intelligence is an undeniably important factor in predicting lifelong success, but it's not the only ingredient in the secret sauce for building a satisfying life. Researchers are increasingly finding that another, less obvious characteristic may be just as important: psychological resilience, generally defined as the ability to cope with and thrive through life'... Read more

posted January 4, 2013

Team members from Families Overcoming Under Stress (FOCUS) taught FOCUS skills, read books and participated in crafts with the children at the Child Development Center (CDC) on board Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC), Dec. 20. The Gulfport United Service Organizations (USO) joined FOCUS for the event, donating teddy bears that were passed out to the children during the event as Christmas gifts.

Once each month the FOCUS group visits CDC to teach the children a FOCUS skill centering on ways of dealing with emotions, to read a story and to participate in an activity.

... Read more
posted December 21, 2012

I started my morning yesterday by paying the bus fare of a young man who didn’t have change.  I told him that he could pay me back another time.  He said if he didn’t see me again, he would pay it forward.  Even better! 

I shared his response with my colleagues at the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center, and we were inspired to continue to pay it forward.

Following a tragedy as devastating as the Sand Hook Elementary School shootings, we find ourselves facing difficult questions.  How could so many young lives be lost in such a horrific way?  Will I ever feel safe... Read more

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