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Learn and Contribute: Opportunities for Military Families

Consider participating in one of the following opportunities to learn about transitioning out of the military, wellness, or parenting. Each project has specific qualifications, so read carefully to see if you and your family meet the criteria.

Sesame Workshop Transition Program

The Sesame Workshop program is designed to support military families who are transitioning into the civilian world. The six-week program is offered online, so families can participate at their convenience. Families are sent emails containing videos and worksheets that provide parents and children with tools to cope with major life changes.

Your family can participate if all of the following statements apply to you:

The research project is a randomized controlled trial to examine the effectiveness of the program. Participants will complete online, anonymous questionnaires before and after completing the program, and they will be compensated for their time and effort. Interested participants can get more information and sign up for the study by completing the Sesame Street Screener, or by contacting the project coordinator, Dr. Jill Bowers, at sesame@umn.edu.

Project leads include Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D., LP and Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D., LP; University of Minnesota; Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health.

National Guard Wellness Survey

Due to a lack of current instruments that measure overall wellness, Dr. Andrea Bjornestad (South Dakota State University) and MAJ Christopher Mercado (Georgetown University) have developed a self–report wellness inventory tailored specifically for military service members. The inventory will provide service members with information regarding their overall health and wellness and may be used as a tool by helping professionals to assess wellness within the five pillars of wellness identified by the National Guard Bureau.

You can participate if you are a former or current military service members of any branch.

If you wish to participate, you will simply complete a short survey to help determine if the items on the inventory measure the five pillars of wellness. The survey takes approximately 10–15 minutes. The inventory does not assess for PTSD; it measures overall health and wellness. If you are interested in participating, please click on the following link: Military Wellness Inventory.

ADAPT (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools)

ADAPT4U is a multi-site project being conducted by Dr. Abigail Gewirtz at the University of Minnesota with the support of both Minnesota and Michigan's military and is funded by the Department of Defense. The goal of ADAPT4U is to learn about family resilience, and develop tools to support parenting and resilience among military families coping with the stress of deployment and reintegration. This research will compare the effectiveness of the three different delivery formats (group, online, and telehealth) of a 14-week parenting program designed for military families.

Your family can participate if both of the following statements apply to you:

Parents and children will participate in four separate interviews in order to help us evaluate the effectiveness of each of the three delivery formats of ADAPT4U. These four interviews happen over the course of two years and are conducted in the family’s home. During these interviews our staff will have parents and children complete surveys, participate in some puzzles, games, and videotaped conversations among the family members. These activities help us learn directly from families what types of parenting support is most effective. Families are compensated up to $610 for their two-year participation in this research.

If you are interested in being part of this research, please call 612-624-4830 or visit ADAPT4U.

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