Supporting Resiliency in Our Military Children and Adolescents

This course is designed to introduce educators, caregivers and mental health professionals to the military culture framework as well as the impact military deployment has on the child at different developmental stages. Methods for supporting the child and family in the classroom as well as at home will be explored. Through a common knowledge base, educators, caregivers and mental health professionals can begin to encourage continuation of working together to support and strengthen resilience in children and adolescents from military families.


This is a self-paced course with optional knowledge check quizzes after each lesson. These non-graded quizzes allow you to check your understanding of the lesson objectives before proceeding to the next lesson. After the final lesson you will be required to take the final exam. You must score 70% or higher to pass the course and obtain a certificate of completion.

  • Create a framework for military culture’s diverse experiences to assist in resiliency support.
  • Describe how a family’s military experience impacts children specifically by age and developmental stages.
  • Discuss positive and helpful methods to engage military families and support the needs of children within these families.
  • Assist in developing and finding resources to offer the children and families.
Contact Time

2 contact hour(s) based on 60 minute contact hour

Estimated Time

The estimated time for completion for this activity is 0 hours

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of educators, caregivers and mental health professionals. This course may also be appropriate for other professionals working with military connected children of all ages and/or their families.

Course Planning Team

Abbey Hellickson, M.Ed.; Jennifer Kiehne, MA; Kathy Richie, BSN, RN; Sheila Kiscaden, M.S.; Kit Hawkins, Ed.D.; Andrea Bjornestad, Ph.D., LPC, NCC; Brad Lohrbach, MSW

Disclosure Statements:

Commercial Support: This course was developed in accordance with ANCC Commercial Support Guidelines. No commercial support was accepted for the development of this course.

Author Originating

Jennifer Kiehne - MA

Jennifer Kiehne is an instructor of Psychology at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minnesota. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Minnesota State University- Mankato and her Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services from St. Mary’s University Graduate Studies. Her counseling experience includes working with children, adolescents and adults in individual and group settings. Prior to her work at Rochester Community and Technical College, Jennifer taught psychology classes and coordinated student service learning for the Minnesota School of Business- Rochester, Minnesota campus for over 5 years.


Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection. Retention of the materials for longer than the class term, unauthorized further dissemination of the materials, or use of copyrighted materials in any way other than intended for this class is prohibited by Copyright and Teach Act laws.


This course was developed with Rochester Community and Technical College's Center for Business and Workforce Education located in Rochester Minnesota and Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota with financial support from Tee It Up for the Troops.

Evidence Based References
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Hawkins, Kit.
(2013) - Educator Interviews. Personal interview. 17 Apr. 2013. -
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BTYR Training