Atlanta Red Cross Set to Launch Reconnection Workshops for Returning Service Members


ATLANTA, July 18, 2012 — The Atlanta Red Cross will host an information meeting for prospective Reconnection Workshops facilitators on August 1, 7 PM, at Atlanta Red Cross headquarters (1955 Monroe Dr. N.E./Atlanta,GA 30324). Launched nationally in 2011, the American Red Cross, with support from Walmart, has developed the Reconnection Workshops for all military families to assist service members, veterans, their families and other loved ones in the transition home after a deployment. Meeting attendees will receive an overview of the Reconnection Workshops program and be briefed on the details of being a program facilitator. Representatives from Care for the Troops, the Georgia Warrior Alliance and the Scott Rigsby Foundation are currently scheduled to attend the information meeting. Other prospective facilitators are also invited to attend.

Reconnection Workshops facilitiators are actively licensed and specially trained Red Cross mental health professionals who lead participants through information and discussions designed to help them identify and respond to the challenges of readjusting to and transitioning back to a changed family dynamic. The workshops are targeted to service members and their spouses, children, parents, siblings and significant others. Participants have the option of choosing any or all of the workshops. Topics include:

• Communicating Clearly
• Exploring Stress and Trauma
• Identifying Depression
• Relating to Children
• Working Through Anger

Each workshop is approximately 2 hours in length. Participants can take them in any order and select those most applicable to their situation. Workshops are free to military members and their families and occur in a supportive and confidential environment.

“Deployments are a fact of life in the military,” said Lauren Pearse, Service to the Armed Forces and Quality Assurance Coordinator for the Georgia Red Cross. “Whether a service member’s absence is due to a training exercise, sea duty, combat, or unaccompanied duty in a remote location, separation and reunification pose unique opportunities as well as challenges for all family members. The American Red Cross, with support from Walmart, developed a series of workshops to assist all military families in managing the family’s readjustment to the service member’s return.”

For more information about the Reconnections workshops or to register for future workshops go to http://www.redcross.org/reconnectionworkshops or contact the Atlanta Red Cross at (404)876-3302.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit http://www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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