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FACTS of Resilience

April 30, 2018 @ 7:23 pm CDT

FACTS of Resilience infographic. "F: Foster hope: Focus on the positive. Have confidence in yourself. Put things in perspective. A: Act with purpose: Make a plan. Move toward goals. Engage in active coping. C: Connect with others: Maintain relationships. Give and receive help. Spend time with others. T: Take care of yourself: Take care of your body. Take time to relax. Nurture your spirituality. S: Search for meaning: Find positive meaning. Learn about yourself. Look for personal growth."

About this Episode

In this episode, OneOp Family Transitions team members Ellie McCann and Sara Croymans discuss how the FACTS resiliency framework can be used to help military families navigate transitions.

They define ‘resilience’ and shed light on five key concepts or indicators that constitute the FACTS of Resilience framework.

F – Foster hope
A – Act with purpose
C – Connect with purpose
T – Take Care of yourself
S – Search for meaning

We learn that the FACTS can help shed light on strategies families can use to “bounce forward” or navigate each military transition better than the last.

Join us for this episode, be sure to download the attached FACTS handout, and let us hear your ideas for using the FACTS framework in your work with military families.

Guest Bios

image of SaraSara Croymans  joined the University of Minnesota Extension as an Extension educator in 1992. She is committed to assisting individuals develop critical life skills. Sara works with youth, adults, educators, and community agency staff on a variety of issues, including youth and money, decision-making, tenant education, learning styles, disaster financial recovery, and military family transitions. As an Accredited Financial Counselor through the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, Sara has extensive financial counseling experience with gamblers, as well as military service members and their families. Sara earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota. Sara is a proud military spouse and mother. She serves as the PI for OneOp Family Transitions Team.

image of EllieEllie McCann has been a statewide Family Resiliency Extension educator with the University of Minnesota Extension since September 2003. Ellie’s work focuses on improving the quality of families’ lives through times of transition. Ellie has developed and taught numerous classes, trainings and curricula with professionals and parents, including the Parents Forever™ divorce education program and Parenting in the Age of Overindulgence, an online course. Prior to her work with Extension, Ellie worked with children and families in both community agencies and university settings. Ellie earned her MS in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Her areas of focus include divorce education, co-parenting, families in times of transition and resilience.

Additional Materials

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This material is based on work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense Award Number 2015-48770-24368.


April 30, 2018
7:23 pm CDT
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