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Throughout 2017 we provided many webinars to support caregivers, families with special needs and service providers working with those families. Let’s take a look back at all of our free online professional development opportunities provided in 2017.

Caregiver Support and Information

Many Needs, One Source: Navigating Military OneSource for Caregiver Support

Military OneSource is a 24/7 call center and website that provides information, answers and support on every aspect of military life. This webinar discussed how the military community can access Military OneSource’s high-tech and high-touch support that address a wide range of needs.

Hidden Heroes: Caregiver Stress and What to Do About It

This webinar addressed family caregiving: its role in society, the stress associated with it and the impact caregiving stress can have on a person. The conclusion of this program also covered how military helping professionals can assist family caregivers.

The Caregiver in the Room: Considerations for Providers Working with Families

In this training, Dr. Leanne Knobloch examined interpersonal communication skills and strategies for providers collaborating with family caregivers. Throughout the webinar Dr. Knobloch examined the core challenge of how to respect the autonomy of the client while also communicating with his or her family caregiver. Specific topics included protecting face, offering support, and providing comfort.

Chronic Illness: Empowering Families in the Journey (2 Parts)

Throughout this two-part collaborative series, presenter Dr. Tai Mendenhall discussed stressors associated with chronic illness and its impact on health and wellness of individuals and families. During part two of the series participants explored ways to help military families harness resources, utilize resilience, and provide support to promote effective management of chronic illness.

*This webinar series was a collaboration between OneOp Family Transitions, Family Development, Military Caregiving and Nutrition and Wellness.

Special Needs Support and Information

Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs

This session explored the importance of estate planning and decision making, as well as considerations across the life cycle for families with special needs. Throughout the webinar we discussed documents such as powers of attorney and trusts, including a revocable living trust and a special needs trust. Needs-based public benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid were also discussed.

Successful Transition for Students with Special Needs: What resources are available to you?

This webinar addressed the question “How can helping professionals ensure that all students succeed in reaching their transitions goals?” Throughout the webinar best practices for working with Individualized Education Program (IEP) Committees on transitions plans, career and technical education programs of study and state agencies that provide support for students in transition were discussed.

Successful Transition for Students with Special Needs: Advocating for Universal Design for Learning in Classrooms

In a follow-up to the session above, Dr. Lakshmi Mahadevan explored the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles for instruction, employability skills that can be taught using UDL principles, and provided suggestions for ways in which parent/guardians and students can self-advocate for UDL to be incorporated in classrooms.

Health Care Program – Information

Medicaid: Taking Stock of an Essential Program in Uncertain Times

Military caregivers and their families may find themselves interacting with Medicaid in cases where TRICARE and ECHO coverage is not enough or when family members are not eligible for TRICARE and/or ECHO coverage. This webinar provided an overview of the Medicaid program and why it might be important for military families, discussed the relationship between Medicaid and TRICARE, as well as identified resources for military support personnel, caregivers, and families to learn more about Medicaid.

Medicare 2017 & What it Means for You

This session provided a broad overview of the Medicare program’s coordination of benefits with other programs such as Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance, TRICARE for Life and VA Benefits, among others.

2017 Virtual Conference – Learning Through Change

The OneOp Military Caregiving team participated in and attended the 2017 OneOp Virtual Conference – Learning Through Change. This free four-day virtual learning and networking experience brought together professionals working with military service members and their families to discuss “Learning Through Change”.

You can now view the 2017 OneOp Virtual Conference archive to learn how to ADAPT to change, GROW your understanding of your capacity for change, and THRIVE as you learn from speakers and participants discussing common and not-so-common challenges.


We would like to invite you to join us in 2018 for more webinars!

Rebalancing Work and Life: Be the Model

January 24, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern

This workshop provides you with a framework for identifying and rebalancing your work and life priorities. The tools you will gain in this workshop will help you see how the choices you make every day can bring more energy, happiness and appreciation to yourself and the people you are close with at work and at home. This allows you to model your ‘best’ self as you create your successful work-life balance.


How Providers Can Support Advocacy & Leadership in Parents of Children with Disabilities

February 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern

In this this interactive webinar tailored to providers who work with parents of children with disabilities, Sarah will share insights from her research on advocacy with over 300 parents of children with disabilities as well as her personal experiences in advocating for her 11-year-old son with fragile X syndrome. Participants will learn about the advocacy strategies parents use in successful advocacy efforts as well as how the parenting and advocacy journey shifts as children grow.


This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on December 29, 2017.