By Marinelle Reynolds, LCSW Every year, as the cold winter temperatures move in, thousands of geese take flight towards warmer weather. They quickly form the familiar v-shaped pattern in the sky. One lead goose takes the front and the rest follow closely behind in two lines. If we think of leadership as the ability to influence and take a group of people from where they are to someplace better, as Tom Worsham (1992) points out, we can learn a lot from geese.Read More
By Irene Summers Temple When we learn to catch ourselves in the act of assuming and automatically categorizing, we are more likely to actually see the person in front of us, not a projection of our own beliefs. One way we can start doing this, is to use more inclusive language.Read More
By Lori Derr Being a mental health therapist can be both rewarding and stressful all at the same time. As therapists, we tend to be in tune with and capable of helping our clients deal with stress, but it is often a different story when it comes to identifying and managing our own stress. Being able to manage our own stress helps us be more present with our clients. Here are three ways that I have found to manage stress throughout the workday.Read More
By Bri Kriley When my significant other, now husband, first confirmed he’d be pursuing a career in the military, I refused to be flexible with my brick and mortar dreams. I wanted to be surrounded by fellow learners, have in-person discussions, expert mentors within close proximity, and structured class time. I chose to live apart from my spouse. I expedited my undergraduate, brick and mortar experience to minimize our time apart, to make it work.Read More
By Marinelle Reynolds, LCSW I’ve been blessed throughout my career to have had so many amazing mentors and supervisors. Each one shaped who I became as a clinician and helped me grow my career into something that I can be proud of.
Regardless of where you are in your career path or if you are considering starting a career, here are some of the most impactful nuggets of wisdom that I have learned that you can use along the way.Read More
By Laura Blair
In the last 11 months, my family has:
Obtained retirement orders, scheduled a move, moved 1200 miles (two weeks after we got our retirement orders),
started a new job, found a place to rent, enrolled a kid in school,
had our final household goods delivery, gotten pregnant with kid #3,
and are finally starting to feel settled in our retirement location.
It’s been a crazy (almost) year, and I’m exhausted just thinking about all the initial stress we had in the first few months of retirement.Read More
by Kasey King, MS When was the last time you actually went on vacation, to the nail shop, met up with friends, or just relaxed? What if I told you that the United States is not even in the top 10, in the whole world, in used vacation? We move so fast, and work so hard, that we are scared to take time off in a world that waits on no one.
Because of this, we experience burnout and disconnected relationships with our friends and family. In addition, we experience high rates of stress, fatigue, anxiety, and hospitalization.Read More
by Starlett Henderson Saying Happy Memorial Day is a really bad habit.
Memorial Day is a remembrance day.
If you don’t remember what Memorial Day is for; it doesn’t make the people who can’t forget happy.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t enjoy some much needed time off or hold your friend and families close, celebrating the fact that you are all together.
When fallen servicemembers lived, they did the same.Read More
By Marinelle Reynolds, LCSW NMFA offers educational and employment resources for military spouses that are in the mental health, teaching, nursing, and STEM professions. They have access to sponsors that offer funding and discounts for degrees, career and business development. If you need money for your education or career advancement, they can help.Read More
By Kaitlyn Stafford, LCSW The truth is, looking back on my decision-making process, I always knew I wanted to get my PhD in a behavioral health field and I always thought it would be in psychology, BUT military life happened, and I had to make decisions accordingly
…just like many of you.
So where does this leave so many of us? I know that many of you, my fellow mil spouses, are either searching for your career path or are somewhere in the process of trying to maintain a behavioral health career amidst a world of constant change.