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Social Justice and Military Families

The final course of the 2022 Academy series addresses the specific work of social justice advocacy among family service providers, in the context of military families and their health and well-being.

Field Guide to Family Advocacy: Knowledge, Resources, and Supports for Military Families of Children with Disabilities

The four-part asynchronous and interactive course focuses on the rights of young children with disabilities in military families, eligibility for special education programs and services for children with disabilities available within military systems, and strategies to support military families as they navigate these systems in military contexts.

Childhood Trauma: Understanding, Supporting, and Preventing

The interactive course includes four units that cover the prevalence and impact of trauma, the manifestation of trauma in young children, providing trauma-informed supports, and preventing future trauma. It is designed to be a high-level overview of the topic and a starting point for professionals working with young children and their families.

The How and Why of Estate Planning

About This Webinar Estate planning may be one of the most important and overlooked aspects of caregiving. When a proper estate plan is not in place, individuals and families may face a variety of issues affecting finance, housing, benefits, and services, among others. This webinar, designed for service providers and...


Military Home Buying Basics and VA Loans

Prepare to support Service members as they consider their housing options by attending this webinar. Sharpen your military home buying basics including evaluating the household budget, reviewing a credit report, explaining how to qualify for a home loan, and understanding the VA home loan benefit.


Military Teen Experiences and Food Security

The lack of adequate access to the appropriate selection, quality, or amount of food to maintain a healthy lifestyle has the potential to take both a physical and mental toll on developing teens. In 2023, military teens shared their experiences regarding food insecurity in the National Military Family Association (NMFA)...


Professional Ethics in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education

In this three-part module series, you will learn foundational information related to ethics, how ethics is a part of cultural competence, and gain strategies and resources for making ethical decisions that are culturally competent and support your work with young children with disabilities and their family as an early childhood care and education professionals.

Public Health Approaches to Suicide Prevention: Working with Military Service Members

Active-duty suicide rates have gradually been on the rise since 2011 (DoD, 2023). Through this webinar, learn how to implement evidence-based public health approaches to suicide prevention. Specific focuses include how service providers can screen for suicide risk and align service delivery for military-connected adults. Join this webinar to review...


Public Health Approaches to Suicide Prevention: Working with Military Spouses and Families

Discover how service providers can best support military spouses and family members through a trauma-informed lens of suicide prevention. Explore the impacts of deployment, periods of parental absence from the family system, trauma exposure, and spillover effects for military-connected marriages and parent-child relationships. Dr. Keita Franklin, Co-Director of the Columbia...


Federal Student Aid: Repayment 101

This webinar covers the basics of repaying federal student loans. Topics include types of repayment plans, forgiveness and cancellation programs, benefits of consolidating, getting loans out of default, and types of deferments and forbearances. Also included is a discussion on certain one-time protections like the on-ramp for student loan payments...


Foundations for Military Family Financial Readiness

This foundational course will provide an overview of the impacts of financial readiness on military family well-being. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the financial foundations of economic security, including social and economic drivers required to reach and sustain improved quality of life among military families.