|By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
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
“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
“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.