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A Social Work Response to Military-Connected Children in Civilian Schools. Dr. Ron Astor, PhD Diana Pineda, LCSW, MHA National School Social Work Conference March 21, 2013. Introduction.

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A Social Work Response

to Military-Connected Children

in Civilian Schools

Dr. Ron Astor, PhD

Diana Pineda, LCSW, MHA

National School Social Work Conference

March 21, 2013


Introduction
Introduction

  • Department of Defense estimates that there are almost 2 million children with a parent on active duty, National Guard or Reserve military duty.

  • Of these children 1.2 million attend a public school near or on U.S. military installations.

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Stressors and effects
Stressors and Effects

  • Stress of parental deployments and disruption of home life and routines

  • Mobility

  • Social disruptions

  • Impaired academic performance, increased anxiety (1/3); worry

  • Community Capacity Model

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Voices of military connected students in public schools
Voices of Military –Connected Students in Public Schools

Show Video

Response:

Schools are optimal environments for the provision of prevention and intervention services!

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  • BUILDING CAPACITY CONSORTIUM

    • Eight school districts in the San Diego and Riverside Counties

  • Bonsall Union School District

  • Chula Vista Elementary School District

  • Escondido Union Elementary School District

  • Escondido Union High School District

  • Fallbrook Union Elementary School District

  • Fallbrook Union High School District

  • Oceanside Unified School District

  • Temecula Valley Unified School District

    • University of Southern California, School of Social Work

    • Principal Investigator : Ron Astor, PhD

    • Co-Investigators: Rami Benbenishty, PhD (Bar IIan, Israel) and Marleen Wong, PhD (USC)

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  • BUILDING CAPACITY INITATIVE:

  • Four Interrelated Activities

    • 1 ) Creation of an MSW military school social work component

    • 2) Creation of a data driven state run system addressing needs of students from military families

    • 3) Application of a localized monitoring system

    • 4) Creation of resources and expanding services

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  • BUILDING CAPACITY INITATIVE:

  • Year 1 Activities

  • Training

    • MSW interns training and placement within Consortium schools

  • Research

    • Creation of California Healthy Kids Survey’s Military Module

    • Principal Communication Tool

    • District Personnel Communication Tool

    • Field Instructor Assessments

    • Student Self Assessments

    • Student Activity Report

  • Programs/Resources

    • Creation of Resource Manuals for Administratiors, Principals, Pupil Personnel and Parents

    • Monthly Newsletter

    • Website

    • MCEC Conference

    • Podcasts

    • Bi-Annual Superintendent's Meetings

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  • BUILDING CAPACITY INITATIVE:

  • Year 2 Activities

  • Training

    • Addition of SDSU students (Social Work, Psychology, Counseling placements)

    • Addition of 75-100 UC San Diego (UCSD) undergraduate academic tutors

    • School Safety and Bullying Regional Workshop

    • Threat Assessment Regional Workshop

    • UCLA’s Project FOCUS Regional Training

  • Research

    • Dissemination of CHKS Survey Results to Districts and Schools

    • Initiation of Pilot Studies (Learning Together)

  • Programs/Resources

    • Creation of Transition Centers within Consortium schools

    • Deployment of Family Readiness Express Mobile to Consortium schools

    • Monthly Newsletter

    • Website

    • Pod-casts

    • Bi-Annual Superintendent’s Meetings

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  • BUILDING CAPACITY INITATIVE:

  • Year 3 Activities

  • Training

    • USC, SDSU, and UCSD interns

    • Threat Assessment Regional Workshop

    • UCLA’s Project FOCUS Regional Training

    • Psychological First Aid Regional Training

  • Research

    • Collections of CHKS Survey Results to Districts and Schools

    • Publications (invited and/or peer-reviewed)

    • Conference Presentations

  • Programs/Resources

    • Deployment of Family Readiness Express Mobile to Consortium schools

    • Monthly Newsletter

    • Website

    • Videos

    • San Diego Military Family Collaborative

    • California Public Engagement

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Example 1: Marine’s Birthday at Jefferson Middle School

http://buildingcapacity.usc.edu/command-media-videos/jefferson-recognizing-the-military-student.html

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Example 2: Pride Club

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  • Building Capacity Initiative:

  • Data Monitoring at the Local Level

    • Communication Tools

    • -Principal/School Administrator Feedback

    • -District Administrator Feedback

    • Community Practices

    • -Example: Temecula Military Appreciation Day

    • Military Programs

    • -Examples: Transition Room and Family Readiness Express

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  • Building Capacity Initiative:

  • Community Practices

    • Temecula Military Appreciation Day

    • http://buildingcapacity.usc.edu/command-media-videos/temecula-military-appreciation-day-celebration.html

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  • Building Capacity Initiative:

  • Dissemination

    • Creation of resource guides

    • Development of workshops and trainings

    • Expanding services to scale for parents, teachers, principals, social workers, and students

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Questions???

http://buildingcapacityusc.edu

Thank you!

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