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MCCS deployment workshop eases fears for parents, kids

Date Posted: 2007-05-24

When a parent deploys on a military mission, it affects the entire family.

Children miss their parents, wonder when they are coming home, and often harbor fears about their parent’s safety. Some even worry parents will forget them or what they look like. Those fears, legitimate or not, can cause children to become withdrawn or to engage in disruptive behavior.

A Team Building “Kids & Deployment Workshop” is being conducted Saturday, June 2nd, to help kids overcome the separation anxieties. Sponsored by Marine Corps Community Services, the workshop at Camp Foster 1~3 p.m. will be a “Memorable, interactive workshop appealing to the ‘kid’ in every person,” says Annette Salmon, a Key Volunteer Advisor. “It delivers a heartfelt message of what deployment is perceived to be through the eyes of a child,” she adds, explaining the workshop uses puppets talking about parental deployments, introducing the character ‘Mr. Worry’ to discuss situations that could cause a child’s anxiety.

Counselors from Counseling & Advocacy will help children discuss their feelings about a parent’s deployment, and what they are going through. Methods of coping with fear and sadness will be presented, and parents will be given chances to ask questions about their own deployment issues.

Reservations can be made by calling Marine Corps Family Team Building at 645-3689.

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