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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

Resilient Marriage and Family
MILT-325

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course addresses precepts essential to the development of healthy and resilient military marriages and families. Topics include pre-deployment preparation, deployment, and post-deployment reintegration. Special emphasis is given to the stresses, challenges, and therapeutic needs of military families.

Requisites

Prerequisite

MILT 275

Rationale

Work and family are two significant life domains. The course covers the relationship between the work organization and the family in the United States military. Counselors and other mental health professionals are increasingly encountering client populations that are impacted by concerns related to military operations. Service members and their families have been subjected to frequent and extended deployments during wars that have had far-reaching influence on the military families and society as a whole. A bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework will be used for understanding military families and the Service members who defend our nation.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the key constructs in the marriage and family literature and connect them to military couples and families.
  2. Analyze a military family stress or challenge using the literature and a biblical worldview and formulate appropriate interventions and strategies.
  3. Construct an effective prevention program using the literature and a biblical worldview to help military families with deployment issues.
  4. Synthesize the relevant information on a particular stress or challenge of military families.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student:

DeCarvalho, L. T., & Whealin, J. M. (2012). Healing stress in military families: Eight steps to wellness. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Moore, B. A. (2012). Handbook of counseling military couples. New York, NY: Routledge.

Petty, K. (2009). Deployment strategies for working with kids in military families (1st ed.). St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

Monetti, T., & Monetti, P. (2011). Called to serve: Encouragement, support, and inspiration for military families. Discovery House Publishers. ISBN: 9781572934580.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. APA formatting information: http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://APAStyleCENTRAL.apa.org
    2. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    3. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    4. Blackboard recommended browsers
    5. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. Threads to the prompt must be a minimum 350 words, and replies to at least 1 classmate’s thread must be a minimum of 200 words. (Relates to Learning Outcomes A, B, C, and D)

Project Presentation Topic Submission

In preparation for the Project Presentation that is due later in the course, the student will explore topic ideas relating to military families that he/she would like to use for his/her presentation and identify a specific topic for the presentation. (Relates to Learning Outcome A)

Project Presentation Outline

In preparation for the Project Presentation that is due later in the course, the student will complete an outline of the presentation for the instructor to review and provide feedback. (Relates to Learning Outcomes B, C, and D)

Policy Paper

The student will write a Policy Paper regarding military family policy based on relevant research. The student must present evidence bearing all sides of the policy and make a recommendation on the basis of the weight of the evidence. (Relates to Learning Outcome B)

Project Presentation

The student will create a presentation on a topic relating to military families. The project must include the use of PowerPoint and a document that outlines how the presentation would be given. (Relates to Learning Outcomes A, B, C, and D)

Reading Report

Required reading is essential for successfully accomplishing the objectives of this course. Recommended reading can further enhance the student’s knowledge base and prepare him/her for a more meaningful career but is not required to be included in the reading report. The student will submit an estimate of a percentage of the required reading that he/she has completed for the course. (Relates to Learning Outcome A)

Exams (3)

There will be 3 objective exams throughout the course. The exams will consist of multiple-choice and true/false questions. The student is NOT permitted to consult with anyone on the exams, take the exams in groups, or share answers. Integrity, professionalism, and godly comportment are expected. (Relates to Learning Outcome A)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 50 pts ea)

200

Project Presentation Topic Submission

25

Project Presentation Outline

100

Policy Paper

175

Project Presentation

250

Reading Report

100

Exam 1

(Modules 1–2)

50

Exam 2

(Modules 3–4)

50

Exam 3

(Modules 5–8)

50

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

MILT 325

Textbooks: DeCarvalho & Whealin, Healing Stress in Military Families (2012).

Moore, Handbook of Counseling Military Couples (2012).

Petty, Deployment Strategies for Working with Kids in Military Families (2009).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Moore: intro; chs. 2–3, 8, 17

4 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

DB Introductions Forum

DB Forum 1

10

0

50

2

DeCarvalho & Whealin: intro; chs. 1–4

2 presentations

1 website

Project Presentation Topic Submission

Exam 1

25

50

3

DeCarvalho & Whealin: intro; chs. 5–8

1 presentations

1 website

Project Presentation Outline

100

4

Moore: chs. 10–11, 14–15

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Exam 2

50

50

5

Moore: chs. 9, 12–13, 18

1 presentation

3 websites

Policy Paper

175

6

Petty: chs. 1–5

2 presentations

DB Forum 3

50

7

Petty: chs. 6–9, afterword

1 presentation

Project Presentation

250

8

Moore: chs. 4–7

1 presentation

1 website

DB Forum 4

Reading Report

Exam 3

50

100

50

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.