This course addresses precepts essential to the development of healthy and resilient military marriages and families. Topics include pre-deployment preparation, deployment, and post-deployment reintegration. Special emphasis is given to the stresses, challenges, and therapeutic needs of military families.
Work and family are two significant life domains. The course covers the relationship between the work organization and the family in the United States military. Counselors and other mental health professionals are increasingly encountering client populations that are impacted by concerns related to military operations. Service members and their families have been subjected to frequent and extended deployments during wars that have had far-reaching influence on the military families and society as a whole. A bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework will be used for understanding military families and the Service members who defend our nation.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify the key constructs in the marriage and family literature and connect them to military couples and families.
- Analyze a military family stress or challenge using the literature and a biblical worldview and formulate appropriate interventions and strategies.
- Construct an effective prevention program using the literature and a biblical worldview to help military families with deployment issues.
- Synthesize the relevant information on a particular stress or challenge of military families.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 4 Discussions throughout the course. Threads to the prompt must be a minimum 350 words, and replies to at least 2 classmates' threads must be a minimum of 200 words. (Relates to Learning Outcomes A, B, C, and D)
Project Presentation: Topic Submission Assignment
In preparation for the Project Presentation that is due later in the course, the student will explore topic ideas relating to military families that he/she would like to use for his/her presentation and identify a specific topic for the presentation. (Relates to Learning Outcome A). Review of the Project Presentation: Final Submission Assignment Instructions should occur so that the scope of the project is understood.
Project Presentation: Outline Assignment
In preparation for the Project Presentation that is due later in the course, the student will complete an outline of the presentation for the instructor to review and provide feedback. (Relates to Learning Outcomes B, C, and D)
Policy Paper Assignment
The student will write a Policy Paper regarding military family policy based on relevant research. The student must present evidence bearing all sides of the policy and make a recommendation on the basis of the weight of the evidence. (Relates to Learning Outcome B)
Project Presentation: Final Submission Assignment
The student will create a presentation on a topic relating to military families. The project must include the use of PowerPoint and a document that outlines how the presentation would be given. (Relates to Learning Outcomes A, B, C, and D)
Reading Report Assignment
Required reading is essential for successfully accomplishing the objectives of this course. Recommended reading can further enhance the student’s knowledge base and prepare him/her for a more meaningful career but is not required to be included in the reading report. The student will submit an estimate of a percentage of the required reading that he/she has completed for the course. (Relates to Learning Outcome A)
There will be 3 objective quizzes throughout the course. The quizzes will consist of multiple-choice and true/false questions. The student is NOT permitted to consult with anyone on the quizzes, take the quizzes in groups, or share answers. Integrity, professionalism, and godly comportment are expected. (Relates to Learning Outcome A)