|A top Army priority is to deliver a holistic fitness
program for Soldiers, Family members, and Department of the Army
Civilians to enhance performance and build resilience.
Fort McCoy will support that effort by offering its first Master
Resiliency Trainers (MRT) course for Family members and Civilians at
Fort McCoy Feb. 1-2, 2011 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each day at the Army
Community Service (ACS) Center, 2111 South 8th Avenue.
Resiliency Core Competencies
Self-Awareness — Identify
thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and patterns in thinking and
Self-Regulation — Regulate impulses, emotions and
behaviors to achieve goals.
Optimism — Hunting for what is good, remain realistic,
maintain hope and have confidence in self and team.
Mental Agility — Think flexibly and accurately, take
Strengths of Character — Knowledge of top strengths and
how to use them to overcome challenges and meet goals.
Connections—Strong relationships, positive and effective
communication, empathy, a willingness to ask for help and help
those you lead.
Lorie Retzlaff, the Fort McCoy ACS program manager and a certified
MRT, said one component of this new initiative is the development of an
Army resilience training program built on concepts taught as part of an
existing resilience course developed at the University of Pennsylvania.
The University of Pennsylvania’s resilience instruction materials and
format have been modified and tailored for use in an Army population.
MRTs are at the core of the Army’s resilience training program.
Enlisted, warrant officer, officer, and Civilian MRTs are being
instructed to reach all levels of America’s Army.
In August at the University of Pennsylvania, ACS staff were instructed
in the critical-thinking skills that are proven to increase the core
competencies of resilience: self awareness, self-regulation, optimism,
mental agility, strengths of character, and connection. Retzlaff
attended this training.
The fact remains that though people try to prepare for all kinds of
challenges, they never really know when adversity will strike, Retzlaff
And, as is so often the case, people do not always know what form that
adversity will take. The charge for people is, therefore, to train their
minds and bodies to expect challenging events to occur across their
lives and then understand how to effectively face the event in order to
continue to function in both their personal and professional lives.
The topics taught in Master Resilience Training will allow attendees to
do just that, Retzlaff said.
MRT teaches people to see that: challenges are temporary, not permanent;
challenges are local, not global; and challenges can be changed by your
own effort — people aren’t helpless victims.
Retzlaff, as a certified MRT, is qualified to address those core
competencies for Family members and civilians.
Retzlaff said she is excited to offer this training as it “teaches
individuals skills to not only get through a challenging situation or
event, but to bounce back while growing stronger in the process.”
Participants in the Fort McCoy community may register for the training
by calling 608-388-3505.
Registration preference will be given to Family members, but is open to
the entire Fort McCoy Community.
(Submitted by Army Community Service.)