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Crisis, Coping, Grieving & Change workshop May 17

By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

A Crisis, Coping, Grieving and Change workshop will be offered for the first time in several years at Fort McCoy Tuesday, May 17 from 8 a.m.-noon at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

Dianne Sommers, ACS Army Family Team Building (AFTB) program manager, said the workshop is part of the AFTB training program. AFTB training helps participants grow their knowledge of the Army and its programs.

“Everyone in the Fort McCoy community who thinks they might be interested in the topics of crisis, coping, grief and change is encouraged to attend this course,” Sommers said.

It is valuable information for military Families to know to help prepare for a crisis or to use to assist other military Families experiencing a crisis.

“Our Soldiers hold dangerous positions and perform dangerous missions,” Sommers said. “We in the military realize that we live with the possibility of (experiencing) a crisis on a daily basis.”

For the purpose of the course, a crisis is defined as a serious injury or illness, or the loss of life or a limb, she said. Although crises can be expected because of the type of work Soldiers do, such as realistic training, deployments, etc., it is difficult for anyone to be fully prepared for a crisis.

The course will cover the five stages of grieving, as famously defined by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

“The onset, extent and duration of these five stages will vary for each person,” Sommers said. “A person may get through several of the stages and then regress and have to go through them again or may by-pass them the next time.”

The course also will cover the basics of casualty notification.

A final topic includes practical assistance and stress management. Sommers said the workshop offers practical actions people can take to assist others who are confronted with a crisis. Information also is provided about positive coping strategies.

“Dealing with loss and grief is a sensitive, personal and difficult issue,” Sommers said. “Understanding the phases of the grief cycle, common behaviors during the cycle and strategies to deal with the effects of grief and loss are essential to working through a crisis.”

For more information or to register for the course, call ACS at 608-388-3505 by Friday, May 13.

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