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Helping Military Families Build Resilience Through Networks

Tue April 10, 2018: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT

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Cover image: "Resilience Glow", a derivative of "Resilience" by Neil Cummings, used under CC BY SA. "Resilience Glow" is licensed under CC BY SA by Bob Bertsch.

About This Webinar

This is a free professional development webinar hosted by the OneOp Family Transitions and OneOp Network Literacy concentration areas.

This is the final event in the “Building Networks for Resilience” learning experience. The “Building Networks for Resilience” learning experience focused on using elements of the Working Out Loud process, positive psychology, behavioral science and more to build social support networks to improve our resilience.

In this open, collaborative discussion, we’ll talk about how we can use network building concepts in our work. Beyond that, what we talk about is up to you.

The agenda for this discussion is being co-created by the participants
, because everyone is a learner and everyone is a teacher, we each have the expertise of our own lived experiences, and coming together to share those experiences helps us find patterns and co-create a way forward.

Here are 3 questions to get things started.

  • Are there any elements of Working Out Loud or building networks that you would like to practice more?
  • What questions would you like to ask your colleagues?
  • Are there any parts of the network building process you might encourage you clients to use? If so, which parts?


Engage in an open, collaborative discussion to explore using network building concepts from the Working Out Loud framework in our work and with the military service members and families we serve.


Bob Bertsch has worked in communications, education and web technology for more than 20 years. He’s currently a web technology specialist with North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication and leader of OneOp’s Network Literacy team.

Jessica Beckendorf became passionate about communities while growing up as a military kid, moving frequently and living in communities of various sizes. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, she proceeded to work in just about every sector of community development – Geographic Information Systems, urban planning and zoning, and economic development. In 2014, Jessica finished her Master of Arts degree in Communications & Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, and began her journey as an educator with the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension where she seeks to bridge her community systems experience with communications and relationship development to build social capital and local leadership for more resilient communities.

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Cover image: “Resilience Glow”, a derivative of “Resilience” by Neil Cummings, used under CC BY SA. “Resilience Glow” is licensed under CC BY SA by Bob Bertsch.

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