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The Emotional Cycle of Deployment: During Deployment. Gerta Bledsoe January 2014. Objectives. Discuss the stages of the emotional cycle of deployment. Identify common characteristics of the during deployment stages and corresponding coping strategies. The Emotional Cycle of Deployment.

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The emotional cycle of deployment during deployment

The Emotional Cycle of Deployment:

During Deployment

Gerta Bledsoe

January 2014


The emotional cycle of deployment during deployment

Objectives

  • Discuss the stages of the emotional cycle of deployment.

  • Identify common characteristics of the during deployment stages and corresponding coping strategies.


The emotional cycle of deployment

The Emotional Cycle of Deployment

Post Deployment

Pre Deployment

Deployment


Anticipation of departure detachment and withdrawal

Anticipation of DepartureDetachment and Withdrawal

  • Denial

  • Anticipation of the loss

  • Feeling conflict

  • Frequent disagreements

  • Anger and resentment

  • Restlessness

  • Depression

  • Irritability

Pre Deployment

  • Emotional distance

  • Sadness

  • Despair

  • Hopelessness

  • Increasing conflict

  • Lack of energy

  • Indecisive

  • “What ifs”


Emotional disorganization

Emotional Disorganization

  • Restless

  • Confused

  • Disorganized

  • Indecisive

  • Irritable

  • Sleep Difficulty

  • Anxiety

  • Lonely

  • Frustrated

Deployment


Recovery and stabilization

Recovery and Stabilization

Deployment


Recovery and stabilization exercise

Recovery and Stabilization Exercise

  • Work as a table.

  • Concentrate on Recovery and Stabilization section.

  • What are some coping strategies to overcome the actions and feelings in the first two columns on Handout 1?

  • What do you find is the biggest challenge in this stage? And how are you overcoming it?

  • How are you dealing with long-distance parenting?


Anticipation of return

Anticipation of Return

Deployment


Anticipation of return exercise

Anticipation of Return Exercise

  • Work as a table.

  • Concentrate on Anticipation of Return section.

  • What are some coping strategies to overcome the feelings in the first two columns on Handout 1?

  • What are some things you are doing now that the Service Member did before the deployment? How will that affect you? Will you need to “give them back”? Do you want to?

  • What is the challenge for the Service Member at this time?

  • When do you tell the children about the return?

  • How do you think family members not in the Service Member’s household feel as they look forward to the return?


Return adjustment and renegotiation

Return Adjustment and Renegotiation

Post Deployment

  • Make up for past months

  • Less independence

  • Resentment

  • Irritability

  • Negotiate new normal


Reintegration and stabilization

Reintegration and Stabilization

Post Deployment

  • Patience

  • Communication

  • Go slow

  • Lower expectations

  • Take your time


The emotional cycle of deployment during deployment

Deployment Resources

  • General /Specific: www.militaryonesource.com

  • Deployment Information: http://www.afterdeployment.org/

  • Financial: www.dfas.mil

  • Fort Family: www.arfp.org/index.php/programs/fort-family-outreach-and-support

  • Military Family Network: www.emilitary.org

  • Joint Service Support: https://www.jointservicessupport.org/

  • Operation Military Kids: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/nea/family/part/youthdev_part_military.html

  • Military Homefront: www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil

  • http://www.yellowribbon.mil/event-support (The Emotional Cycle of Deployment)


The emotional cycle of deployment during deployment

Understanding The Emotional Cycle

of Deployment

  • Benefits:

  • a smoother overall deployment experience

  • recognize your emotions, strong or intense, are normal

  • plan ways to support the ones you care about

  • try new positive coping strategies

  • manage stress better

  • openly share your feelings

  • help children cope

  • handle multiple deployments

  • build resilience


The emotional cycle of deployment during deployment

Objectives

  • Discuss the stages of the emotional cycle of deployment.

  • Identify common characteristics of the during deployment stages and corresponding coping strategies.


The emotional cycle of deployment during deployment

The Emotional Cycle of Deployment:

During Deployment

Gerta Bledsoe

January 2014


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