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posted November 1, 2013

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

posted October 31, 2013

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 

posted October 25, 2013

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

posted October 23, 2013

This week,  the U.S. Department of Defense in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs launched 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

posted October 18, 2013

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

posted October 15, 2013

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

posted October 8, 2013

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.

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posted October 7, 2013

The Fall 2013 Issue of The Future of Children has been released. The issue, focusing on military children and families, features a chapter co-authored by NFRC Director Dr. Patricia Lester. 

How Wartime Military Service Affects Children and Families

Patricia Lester and Lieutenant Colonel Eric Flake


How are children's lives altered when a parent goes off to war? What aspects of combat deployment are most likely to put children at risk for psychological and other problems, and... Read more

posted October 4, 2013

The UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center (NFRC) is pleased to announce a partnership with Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley and their Habitat for Heroes Program. The Habitat for Heroes Community project will provide housing for Veteran families in the Santa Clarita Valley and San Fernando Valley in collaboration with the California Department of Veteran Affairs. Families will have access to services that promote education and self- sufficiency, including programs specifically designed to address the needs of Veterans.  The NFRC has been asked to coordinate FOCUS (... Read more

posted September 25, 2013

Come stop by the NFRC Family Resilience Booth at the upcoming Goodwill Veteran Stand Down  on Thursday, October 10th & Friday, October 11th! This two day event is open to all branches of Military Veterans and their families.

Click on the flyer below for full details and a list of other no cost services that will be available:

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