Resilient Marriage and Family – MILT 575

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course studies the impact of military culture on service members and their families. It addresses precepts essential to the development of healthy and resilient military marriages and families. Topics include pre-deployment preparation, deployment, post-deployment reintegration, therapeutic needs, domestic violence, substance use, infidelity, divorce, and the impact of injury and death. Special emphasis is given to understanding, intervening, and treating the stresses and challenges of military families.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

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:

  1. Analyze various ways that the unique military culture can impact families.
  2. Describe how the principles and dynamics of resilience can help military families thrive in a military culture.
  3. Create appropriate interventions and strategies to address contemporary issues faced by military families.
  4. Construct effective prevention and treatment interventions to help military families with deployment issues.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Each student will complete 4 Discussion Board Forums in the course. Initial posts, also called threads, must be completed by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of the assigned module/week. Also, each student must submit replies to 2 classmates’ threads by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned module/week. Threads should be a minimum 400 words with references to the course texts, course teaching resources and additional scholarly research as applicable.

Replies should be a minimum of 200 words, engaging a minimum of two peers in a substantive way that adds to the academic discussion, and include references to the course texts, course teaching resources and additional scholarly research as applicable. Please see the grading rubric in Blackboard for the grading criteria to ensure maximum points for this assignment.

Military Family Case Study Topic-Part I

Each student will select a topic from the approved list of topics and write a 1-2 page paper (not including the title page and references) which addresses the following: (1) the importance of the topic as it relates to resilience in military, and (2) the importance of the topic as it relates to you as a caregiver, leader or counselor working with military families. Please see the grading rubric in Blackboard for the grading criteria to ensure maximum points for this assignment.

Military Family Case Study Outline-Part II

Each student will develop a comprehensive APA outline from the military topic identified in Module/Week 2. The outline must be a 2-3-page paper (not including the title page or reference page) which identifies 4-5 major points and at least 2 subpoints for each major point. The outline will identify and briefly address importance of the topic, challenges and stressors, and the integration of resiliency resources as well as biblical/spiritual principles and insights. Students will want to support their ideas with a minimum of six scholarly research sources, i.e., course texts, peer-reviewed journal articles. Explanations are to be included in the NOTES section. Please see the grading rubric in Blackboard for the grading criteria to ensure maximum points for this assignment.

Military Family PowerPoint Presentation

Each student will create an attractive, visually appealing (graphics) PowerPoint presentation based on the military resiliency topic from the approved list (Module/Week 2) and the research developed in the Outline (Module/Week 3).  The presentation should address the importance of the topic, 3-4 learning objectives, the identified audience, challenges and stressors, and the integration of resiliency interventions and resources as well as biblical/spiritual principles and guidelines. The major and subsections must be clearly supported by a minimum of six scholarly research sources cited in the text of the PowerPoint. Please see the grading rubric in Blackboard for the grading criteria to ensure maximum points for this assignment.

Military Family Case Study-Part III

Each student will create a fictitious military family vignette based on the selection of the topic chosen in Module/Week 2 and further developed in Modules/Weeks 3 and 5, and write a 10-page scholarly paper, which includes a title page, an opening paragraph or two which briefly introduces the topic and the key points presented in the paper. The paper will also provide a description of the fictitious family: names, gender, ages, military rank, occupations, educational backgrounds, cultural dynamics (personal and military), religious and spiritual histories, and other characteristics which best describes individual and family dynamics, concerns, challenges and stressors, and the integration of resiliency and counseling interventions, military and community resources, as well as biblical/spiritual principles and guidelines. In addition, students will identify and discuss personal strengths and limitations as a caregiver, leader, or counselor that you would bring to bear upon this fictitious vignette. Students support their ideas with a minimum of eight scholarly research sources, i.e., course texts, peer-reviewed journal articles. Please see the grading rubric in Blackboard for the grading criteria to ensure maximum points for this assignment.

Exams (2)

There will be two objective exams throughout the course. The exam will consist of multiple-choice and true/false questions. The exams are open-book, but the student is NOT permitted to consult with anyone on the exams, take the exams in groups, or share answers. Integrity, professionalism, and godly comportment are expected of the student at all times.