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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Community Care and Counseling

Resilient Marriage and Family
MILT-575

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

Course Description

This course studies the impact of military culture on service members and their families. It addresses precepts essential to the development of healthy and resilient military marriages and families. Topics include pre-deployment preparation, deployment, post-deployment reintegration, therapeutic needs, domestic violence, substance use, infidelity, divorce, and the impact of injury and death. Special emphasis is given to understanding, intervening, and treating the stresses and challenges of military families.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

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. Analyze various ways that the unique military culture can impact families.
  2. Describe how the principles and dynamics of resilience can help military families thrive in a military culture.
  3. Create appropriate interventions and strategies to address contemporary issues faced by military families.
  4. Construct effective prevention and treatment interventions to help military families with deployment issues.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Blaisure, K.R., Saathoff-Wells, T., Pereira, A., Wadsworth, S.D., & Dombro, A.L. (2016). Serving mlitary families: Theory, research and application (2nd ed.). New York: NY: Routledge. ISBN: 9781138841253.

Hall, L.K. (2016). Counseling military families: What mental health professionals need to know (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415704526.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with that required by state licensing boards in the class subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource Purchases

Sayers, S.L. (2014). Coming back together: A guide to successful reintegration after your partner returns from military deployment. Oakland, CA: New Harbringer Publications.

Synder, D.K., & Monson, C.M. (2012). Couple-based interventions for military and veteran families: A practitioner’s guide. New York, NY: The Guilford Press. ISBN 9781462505401

Walsh, F. (2016). Strengthening family resilience (3rd ed.). New York, NY: The Guilford Press. ISBN 9871-4265-22835

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word (Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.)

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Each student will complete 4 Discussion Board Forums in the course. Initial posts, also called threads, must be completed by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of the assigned module/week. Also, each student must submit replies to 2 classmates’ threads by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned module/week. Threads should be a minimum 400 words with references to the course texts, course teaching resources and additional scholarly research as applicable.

Replies should be a minimum of 200 words, engaging a minimum of two peers in a substantive way that adds to the academic discussion, and include references to the course texts, course teaching resources and additional scholarly research as applicable. Please see the grading rubric in Blackboard for the grading criteria to ensure maximum points for this assignment.

Military Family Case Study Topic-Part I

Each student will select a topic from the approved list of topics and write a 1-2 page paper (not including the title page and references) which addresses the following: (1) the importance of the topic as it relates to resilience in military, and (2) the importance of the topic as it relates to you as a caregiver, leader or counselor working with military families. Please see the grading rubric in Blackboard for the grading criteria to ensure maximum points for this assignment.

Military Family Case Study Outline-Part II

Each student will develop a comprehensive APA outline from the military topic identified in Module/Week 2. The outline must be a 2-3-page paper (not including the title page or reference page) which identifies 4-5 major points and at least 2 subpoints for each major point. The outline will identify and briefly address importance of the topic, challenges and stressors, and the integration of resiliency resources as well as biblical/spiritual principles and insights. Students will want to support their ideas with a minimum of six scholarly research sources, i.e., course texts, peer-reviewed journal articles. Explanations are to be included in the NOTES section. Please see the grading rubric in Blackboard for the grading criteria to ensure maximum points for this assignment.

Military Family PowerPoint Presentation

Each student will create an attractive, visually appealing (graphics) PowerPoint presentation based on the military resiliency topic from the approved list (Module/Week 2) and the research developed in the Outline (Module/Week 3).  The presentation should address the importance of the topic, 3-4 learning objectives, the identified audience, challenges and stressors, and the integration of resiliency interventions and resources as well as biblical/spiritual principles and guidelines. The major and subsections must be clearly supported by a minimum of six scholarly research sources cited in the text of the PowerPoint. Please see the grading rubric in Blackboard for the grading criteria to ensure maximum points for this assignment.

Military Family Case Study-Part III

Each student will create a fictitious military family vignette based on the selection of the topic chosen in Module/Week 2 and further developed in Modules/Weeks 3 and 5, and write a 10-page scholarly paper, which includes a title page, an opening paragraph or two which briefly introduces the topic and the key points presented in the paper. The paper will also provide a description of the fictitious family: names, gender, ages, military rank, occupations, educational backgrounds, cultural dynamics (personal and military), religious and spiritual histories, and other characteristics which best describes individual and family dynamics, concerns, challenges and stressors, and the integration of resiliency and counseling interventions, military and community resources, as well as biblical/spiritual principles and guidelines. In addition, students will identify and discuss personal strengths and limitations as a caregiver, leader, or counselor that you would bring to bear upon this fictitious vignette. Students support their ideas with a minimum of eight scholarly research sources, i.e., course texts, peer-reviewed journal articles. Please see the grading rubric in Blackboard for the grading criteria to ensure maximum points for this assignment.

Exams (2)

There will be two objective exams throughout the course. The exam will consist of multiple-choice and true/false questions. The exams are open-book, but 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 of the student at all times.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board forums (4 at 75 pts each)

300

Military Family Case Study-Part I

75

Military Family Case Study Outline-Part II

100

Military Family PowerPoint Presentation & Script

150

Military Family Case Study-Part III

200

Midterm Exam

75

Final Exam

100

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+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

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 575

Textbooks: Blaisure et al. Serving military families: Theory, research and application (2016).

Hall, Counseling Military Families (2016).

Module/ Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Blaisue et al. chs.1, 2

Hall: chs. 1

2 Presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

DB Introductions Forum

DB Forum 1

 

10

0

75

2

Blaisue et al. chs. 3

Hall: chs. 3

2 Presentations

DB Forum 2

Military Family Case Study Topic-Part I

 

75

75

3

Blaisue et al. chs. 4, 9, 10

Hall: chs. 2, 5, 6

1 presentation

Military Family Case Study Outline-Part II

100

 

4

Blaisue et al. chs. 7, 8

Hall: chs. 4, 7

1 presentation

2 articles

DB Forum Thread 3

Mid-Term Exam

 

75

75

5

Blaisue et al. chs. 5

Hall: ch. 8

Military Family PowerPoint Presentation & Script

150

 

6

Blaisue et al. chs. 13

Hall: chs. 9

3 presentations

DB Forum 4

 

75

 

7

Blaisue et al. chs. 11, 12

Hall: Appendices A-D

 

Military Family Case Study Application-Part III

200

8

Blaisue et al. chs. 14

Hall: chs. 10

Final Exam

100

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.