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Training helps families grow

Published: October 16, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (October 16, 2014) -- The challenges that come with change are a part of the military lifestyle, and an Army Community Service program on post is helping families realize that together they can grow and thrive when facing these challenges.

Family resilience training is scheduled for Oct. 28 and 29 at The Commons on Fort Rucker, and the sign-up deadline is Oct. 24.

“Throughout our lives, we will face many challenges and events that may be of a positive or negative nature,” said Ruth Gonzalez, ACS Relocation Readiness Program manager. “Depending on where we are, we may handle these challenges or events in a successful manner, or not.”

According to the Army’s Ready and Resilient campaign, resiliency is the mental, physical, emotional, and behavioral ability to face and cope with adversity, adapt to change, recover, learn and grow from setbacks.

“A resilient person is able to grow and thrive even in the midst of what he or she may be facing,” Gonzalez said.

The goal of family resilience training is to provide participants with the skills to strengthen the competencies found in a resilient person. Resilience training is a series of classes that promote personal growth and well-being by enhancing people’s natural abilities.

The training helps people reflect on how they currently address the challenges of daily life and learn how applying resilience skills can strengthen their ability to handle challenges.

“Resilience isn’t a characteristic that a person innately has or not,” said Gonzalez. “Anyone can become resilient by working on the skills to develop the necessary competencies.”

Resilience training is not only for Soldiers, family members are also invited to sign up for the classes.

“Currently, our permanent party Soldiers who in-process must attend resilience training,” said Gonzalez. “But I highly recommend that everyone take time to attend. We take preventive measures to ensure that our vehicles are maintained, our homes are taken care of, but what do we do to maintain our relationships with our spouses, children, family, etc.?

“Nothing is more important than the people we love, and by taking resilience training, we are filing our tool belts with the tools necessary to help our relationships grow and thrive,” she added.

To sign up or get information on the training, or to discuss childcare options during the training, call 255-3735.

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