Families Overcoming Under Stress Project
Families Overcoming Under Stress Project (FOCUS) provides resiliency training for military families. Transitions associated with the military lifestyle can bring about changes in roles and duties. Family members may take on new responsibilities, and children may have different reactions when separated from a caregiver. Many adapt well, but changes in behavior are normal and expected. Children often lack the words to express their feelings and experiences. Additionally, couples may experience some stressors that may overwhelm their ability to cope. While many couples know how to manage these challenges, some experience periods of miscommunication and stressors that can make their connection feel distant. FOCUS helps families plan for these challenges by developing a personalized toolbox of skills specifically designed to meet their needs. FOCUS uses the family training techniques to highlight areas of strength and resilience in the family and promote family growth to help address current challenges. FOCUS also provides structured activities to bridge gaps in shared family understanding that may follow stressful experiences and separations. Family members are taught skills to improve emotional regulation, problem-solving, goal-setting, and communication. FOCUS is in Little Hall, north side, second floor, 2034 Barnett Ave. For more information, call 703-784-0189.