Family Well-Being: Navigating the Social Justice Landscape Courses

Course 1:  Introduction to Social Justice Lenses for Family Well-Being

A family’s health and well-being are directly linked to equitable rights, opportunities, and access. Further, individual and family wellness creates community wellness. Yet, one’s race, location, and socioeconomic status have direct impacts on one’s health, longevity, and wellbeing. 

This course will explore a social justice lens through which family service providers can view prohibitive barriers that negatively impact family well-being. This course will encourage learners to reflect on their own experiences, and begin to envision equitable pathways to well-being for the families they serve by blending theory into practice. 

Course 2: Family Service Providers: Recognizing and Responding to Inequities

Family service providers connect families to services and programming that positively influence a family’s well-being. However, systemic discrimination, marginalization, and inequity create barriers to access and opportunities for diverse families. How can social service providers become front-line social justice advocates?

This course will confront how family service providers can learn to identify and assess impediments to family well-being through a social justice lens and give learners ways of responding to institutional discrimination as it appears in organizational policy and in the management and practice of human services.

Course 3: Social Justice and Military Families 

Military service can further complicate both equitable service access and families’ lived experiences given the strains of deployment, combat, reintegration, PCSing, and injury. 

The final course of the series addresses the specific work of social justice advocacy among military service providers, in the context of military families and their health and well-being. Incorporating both a personal and professional lens, participants will examine the concept of belonging and inclusion through a framework of self-care, healing, and resilience.  Learners will reflect on and identify strategies for using their discretionary power/sphere of influence to incorporate social justice and well-being practices for military families as families navigate the additional complexities of military service.

These asynchronous courses are sequential and best experienced in order. To supplement these courses, please make plans to attend the live events scheduled throughout June 2022.

Live Events

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June 1:  The 2022 MFRA event, Family Well-Being: Navigating the Social Justice Landscape, will kick off with a live presentation that will include information on the courses, comments from the course authors, and special guests, as well as log-in information.

June 15: This panel discussion will feature course authors Shawn O’Neal and Dr. Allison De Marco, as well as Dr. Jennifer Ho, who will talk about the content in courses 1 and 2 of the series, and answer questions from attendees. CEs will be available.

June 29: This panel discussion will focus on military families with authors from the 3rd course in the series, and representatives from the Department of Defense. CEs will be available.