The Family and Medical Leave Act

Recorded Webinar – Free registration at:    https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/34441/

Program: The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Original air date: Wednesday March 25th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

Program Sponsor:      Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Program Contact:      Rachel Brauner, rbrauner@ag.tamu.edu

Approval Statement: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service webinar “The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)” is approved for 1 CE by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). Approval Number 18053.

Approval active from: March 25, 2020-March 24, 2022 (Expiration date)

Program Description:

When you or a loved one experiences a serious health condition that requires you to take time off from work you may be eligible for Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Whether you are unable to work because of your own serious health condition, or because you need to care for your parent, spouse, or child with a series health condition, FMLA provides unpaid, job-protected leave. Leave may be taken all at once or may be taken intermittently as the medical condition requires. This training provides an overview of how FMLA may benefit caregivers and identify leave provisions for military families.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Introduce the benefits and protections of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  2. Identify non-military FMLA Leave Provisions
  3. Review Military Family Leave Provisions for Qualifying Exigency and Military Caregiver Leave

Supports BCPA Competencies and Best Practices:

  • Scope of Practice and Transparency
  • Healthcare Access, Finance, and Management
  • Professionalism, Professional Development, and Practice

The online webinar will provide professional development to our program’s target audience, Department of Defense (DoD) service providers. These providers consist of patient advocates, case managers, social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, etc.

The online program offering, “The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)” is part of a larger effort under the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) project. MFLN engages military family service providers and educators in the exchange of experiences and research to enhance the professional impact and encourage professional growth. The learning network encourage the formation and expansion of a skilled and collaborative network of professionals who support significant positive outcomes for military service members and their families.

Presenter:

Olivia Jones is a Senior Analyst for the Division of Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Office of Policy, in the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division’s National Office in Washington, D.C. Ms. Jones began her career with the Department over 25 years ago working as a Wage Hour Investigator. She has been a part of the Division’s National Office in Washington, D.C. for the past 8 years.

As Senior Analyst for the FMLA Branch, Ms. Jones helps with the development of interpretative and other guidance on the application of the FMLA, including the development of regulations, Field Operations Handbook sections, and Opinion Letters. Most recently she served a project manager for The Employer’s Guide to the FMLA, a comprehensive resource tool created to assist employers in administering FMLA leave.

Ms. Jones provides subject-matter expertise on the application of the provisions of key laws that provide workers protections in balancing the demands of the workplace and needs of their families. She interacts with the public concerning the practical application of these laws, regulations and with Wage and Hour Division field staff on the enforcement of its provisions.

Keep Calm & Carry On: Working with Difficult Clients

Recorded Webinar – Free registration at: https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/64656/

Program: Keep Calm & Carry On: Working with Difficult Clients

Original air date: Wednesday May 20th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

Program Sponsor:      Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Program Contact:      Rachel Brauner, rbrauner@ag.tamu.edu

Approval Statement: Military Families Learning Network Webinar, “Keep Calm & Carry On: Working with Difficult Clients” is approved for 1 CE by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). Approval Number 18057.

Approval active from: May 20, 2020 – May 19, 2022 (Expiration Date)

Program Description:

When we work with people, we will inevitably meet a difficult or challenging person. Even though it is natural for individuals going through adversity to become difficult/challenging, it is imperative to meet the person’s emotional state with compassion and empathy. In this webinar, we explore techniques of de-escalation, communication, and expressions to understand and address people we feel are problematic.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Enhance de-escalation skills through verbal and non-verbal communication
  2. Differentiate between sympathy and empathy in response to difficult people
  3. Develop skills

Supports BCPA Competencies and Best Practices:

  • Scope of Practice and Transparency
  • Healthcare Access, Finance, and Management
  • Professionalism, Professional Development, and Practice

The online webinar will provide professional development to our program’s target audience, Department of Defense (DoD) service providers. These providers consist of patient advocates, case managers, social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, etc.

The online program offering, is part of a larger effort under the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) project. MFLN engages military family service providers and educators in the exchange of experiences and research to enhance the professional impact and encourage professional growth. The learning network encourage the formation and expansion of a skilled and collaborative network of professionals who support significant positive outcomes for military service members and their families.

Presenter: Jeffrey Hanna, DSW, LCSW, ACSW Teaching Assistant Professor School of Social Work

West Virginia University. Dr. Hanna is a graduate of the Doctor of Social Work program at Rutgers University School of Social Work New Brunswick, NJ. He also received his MSW from Rutgers University in Camden, NJ. Since 2009, Dr. Hanna worked in clinical behavioral health for adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. For the past eight years, he ran a successful private practice, was part of the NASW ethics committee, and presented on understanding the impact of masculine stigma on clinical practice. His doctoral concentration was on how to help men break through barriers associated with masculinity to increase successful therapeutic interventions.

Moral Injury: Suicide Risk, Survivor’s Guilt & Other Clinical Manifestations

Recorded Webinar – Free registration at: https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/61155/

Program: Moral Injury: Suicide Risk, Survivor’s Guilt & Other Clinical Manifestations

Original air date: Wednesday April 15, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

Program Sponsor:      Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Program Contact:      Rachel Brauner, rbrauner@ag.tamu.edu

Approval Statement: Military Families Learning Network Webinar, “Moral Injury: Suicide Risk, Survivor’s Guilt & Other Clinical Manifestations” is approved for 1 CE by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). Approval Number 18058.

Approval active from: April 15, 2020 – April 14, 2022 (Expiration Date)

Program Description:

This presentation begins by briefly reviewing the definition of moral injury and describing a theoretical model that highlights some of the clinical manifestations of moral injury. The relationship between moral injury and suicide risk will be described, and recent studies on suicide risk will be reviewed. The relationship between survivor’s guilt and moral injury will be discussed, including highlighting how it differs between moral injury and PTSD. Self-forgiveness will also be highlighted as an additional clinical manifestation of moral injury. A brief case example demonstrating these moral injury clinical manifestations will be presented, including a brief discussion of appropriate treatments.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define moral injury and describe a proposed theoretical model
  2. Describe the relationship between moral injury and suicide risk
  3. Explain how survivor’s guilt manifests differently in moral injury compared to PTSD
  4. Describe other clinical manifestations of moral injury, such as failure to self-forgive

Supports BCPA Competencies and Best Practices:

  • Scope of Practice and Transparency
  • Healthcare Access, Finance, and Management
  • Professionalism, Professional Development, and Practice

The online webinar will provide professional development to our program’s target audience, Department of Defense (DoD) service providers. These providers consist of patient advocates, case managers, social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, etc.

The online program offering, is part of a larger effort under the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) project. MFLN engages military family service providers and educators in the exchange of experiences and research to enhance the professional impact and encourage professional growth. The learning network encourage the formation and expansion of a skilled and collaborative network of professionals who support significant positive outcomes for military service members and their families.

Presenter: Shira Maguen, Ph.D., Professor, UCSF Medical School, Mental Health Director, Post-9/11 Integrated Care Clinic Staff Psychologist, San Francisco VA Medical Center – Mental Health Director of the Post-9/11 Integrated Care Clinic and Staff Psychologist on the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team (PCT) at the San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS), and Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry, UCSF School of Medicine. Her research interests fall under the umbrella of PTSD, moral injury, and suicide, and include risk and resilience factors in veterans, with a particular focus on female veterans.

Medicaid & Medicare: Important Resources in a Time of National Health Crisis

Recorded Webinar – Free registration at: https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/69319/

Program: Moral Injury: Medicaid & Medicare: Important Resources in a Time of National Health Crisis

Original air date: Wednesday June 24, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

Program Sponsor:      Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Program Contact:      Rachel Brauner, rbrauner@ag.tamu.edu

Approval Statement: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service webinar ‘Medicaid & Medicare: Important Resources in a Time of National Health Crisis’ is approved for 1 CE by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). Approval Number 18062.

Approval active from: June 24, 2020 – June 23, 2022 (Expiration Date)

Program Description:

Over their fifty plus year history, both the Medicaid and Medicare programs have proven valuable and adaptable in the face of changing national health needs and priorities. These programs may provide health coverage and access for military families as they do for millions of Americans in a variety of familial, financial, and health situations. Whether in response to a disaster caused by a hurricane, a downturn in the economy, or in the face of the unprecedented COVID-19 health crisis, public officials turn to Medicare and Medicaid to help provide solutions and care. This webinar will provide updates on how these programs are helping to meet the needs of Americans, especially in uncertain times.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Provide an overview of both Medicaid and Medicare programs and why they might be important to military families.
  2. Review policy developments related to funding, eligibility criteria, and services.
  3. Identify changes and updates to Medicare and Medicaid services in 2020.
  4. Examine coordination of benefits

Supports BCPA Competencies and Best Practices:

  • Scope of Practice and Transparency
  • Healthcare Access, Finance, and Management
  • Professionalism, Professional Development, and Practice

The online webinar will provide professional development to our program’s target audience, Department of Defense (DoD) service providers. These providers consist of patient advocates, case managers, social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, etc.

The online program offering, is part of a larger effort under the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) project. MFLN engages military family service providers and educators in the exchange of experiences and research to enhance the professional impact and encourage professional growth. The learning network encourage the formation and expansion of a skilled and collaborative network of professionals who support significant positive outcomes for military service members and their families.

Presenter: Andrew B.  Crocker Extension Program Specialist Gerontology & Health, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. CV on file

The Spouse Education & Career Opportunities Program Overview

Recorded Webinar – Free registration at: https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/64664/

Program: Moral Injury: The Spouse Education & Career Opportunities Program Overview

Original air date: Wednesday July 22, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT; Thereafter, on demand

Program Sponsor:      Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Program Contact:      Rachel Brauner, rbrauner@ag.tamu.edu

Approval Statement: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service webinar ‘Medicaid & Medicare: Important Resources in a Time of National Health Crisis’ is approved for 1 CE by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). Approval Number 18062.

Approval active from: July 22, 2020 – July 21, 2022 (Expiration Date)

Program Description:

This webinar will provide an overview of the Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program and related resources offered through Military OneSource.  You will learn about education and employment resources available to military spouses and offerings available to service members and their families to connect to their best MilLife.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Provide an overview of both Medicaid and Medicare programs and why they might be important to military families.
  2. Review policy developments related to funding, eligibility criteria, and services.
  3. Identify changes and updates to Medicare and Medicaid services in 2020.
  4. Examine coordination of benefits

Supports BCPA Competencies and Best Practices:

  • Scope of Practice and Transparency
  • Healthcare Access, Finance, and Management
  • Professionalism, Professional Development, and Practice

The online webinar will provide professional development to our program’s target audience, Department of Defense (DoD) service providers. These providers consist of patient advocates, case managers, social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, etc.

The online program offering, is part of a larger effort under the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) project. MFLN engages military family service providers and educators in the exchange of experiences and research to enhance the professional impact and encourage professional growth. The learning network encourage the formation and expansion of a skilled and collaborative network of professionals who support significant positive outcomes for military service members and their families.

Presenter:  Lee Kelley assumed the duties of director of Military Community Support Programs for Military Community and Family Policy on July 24, 2017. As director, Ms. Kelley is responsible for the leadership, management and oversight of three centrally funded Department of Defense multimillion dollar programs – Military OneSource, Military and Family Life Counseling, and the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program. Military OneSource and Military and Family Life Counseling provide non-medical counseling, which is confidential, short-term counseling designed to address a range of concerns that may detract from military and family readiness.

Prior to her assignment as director, Ms. Kelley served as a senior program analyst in the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy. In this assignment, she was responsible for programs and policies to promote the well- being, readiness and quality of life of more than one million military families.

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