Venée M. Hummel, LCSW

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Promoting Military Family Resilience Through Self-Care

Posted by Venée M. Hummel, LCSW on Feb 13, 2019 2:16:00 PM

Resilience is a word that military families hear often, so often that it may just sound like a modern buzzword tossed out at briefings and townhall meetings. While the term speaks to toughness, the more important meaning is the ability to bounce back, recover, and be flexible. Unfortunately, the latter often gets lost. As both a mental health professional within the military community and a member of the community personally, I too have had my moments of cringing at what seems like the overuse of “resiliency.” And then I met a military family who helped refresh this term for me.

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Topics: Military Families, Self-Care, Mental Health Wellness

Supporting Your Service Member Spouse Through Re-Deployment

Posted by Venée M. Hummel, LCSW on Dec 14, 2018 9:20:00 AM

The time leading up to your spouse returning from deployment is often a frenzy of varied emotions, tasks in preparation, and expectations for the time together to come. Whether your spouse has been deployed for four months or 12, to a combat zone or in support of a training mission, the transition back home is an adjustment worth considering. Here are some suggestions for how you can support your serving spouse through the re-deployment phase.

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Topics: Military Families

preparing a child for a parent’s deployment

Posted by Venée M. Hummel, LCSW on Jan 26, 2018 11:34:14 AM

There are some common ideas that parents have around deployments and their children. Some believe that the little ones won’t even realize that Mom/Dad left; or since they do not have a concrete concept of time, there isn’t a reason to tell them in advance. For older children and adolescents, some parents may think that the kids just needs to be informed and don’t require any other preparation.

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Topics: Military Families

reconnecting with your child after deployment

Posted by Venée M. Hummel, LCSW on Jan 26, 2018 11:33:25 AM

AdobeStock_98250104 (1).jpegJason was sitting on the white bus waiting to be taken to the parade field for the big homecoming formation and ceremony. This was his third time coming home, but last time his son was only 14 months old. Now, his son is six and he has a three-year-old daughter. It went well last time, but this time feels different for some reason. Jason is thrilled and ready, but he can’t help noticing that he is also nervous to see his kids again.

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Topics: Military Families

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