Family Advocacy is starting off the New Year with a new round of free classes. Offering everything from New Pregnancy Orientation and parenting classes, to stress and anger management, Family Advocacy is ready to help the base community members reach their personal goals.
“We could all use some support at some point,” said Susan Cartwright, licensed clinical social worker and Family Advocacy Outreach manager. “These classes are really important as a resource to base personnel.”
All of the Family Advocacy classes are open to active duty, civilian employees, contractors and their spouses.
As a prevention specialist, Cartwright’s goal is to equip people with the tools they need to manage life’s circumstances and prevent future problems. For example, the P.R.E.P class addresses couples communication and relationship enhancement. Learning to care for a relationship can help decrease the potential for future domestic violence or maltreatment.
Managing your stress like a Navy SEAL is a class that teaches stress reduction techniques including deep breathing. A similar class for managing anger is perfect for those struggling with their own anger or the anger they’re experiencing from another person.
“The goal is to take a look at how we’re dealing with things and try to find a different way, or a better way, to deal with them and we move on,'” said Cartwright.
The New Pregnancy Orientation class teaches new and experienced moms what to expect in their first trimester of pregnancy.
“This gives you the most accurate, most current information and hopefully the idea is to give you that education and make you just feel comfortable about your pregnancy. Especially that first trimester,” said, Capt. Coral Pettit, 412th Medical Group, Health Care Integration. “As medical professionals, we want to give people our knowledge and we just want to make sure people get educated and get their needs met.”
All of the Family Advocacy classes are offered at least once a quarter, many are offered more than that. Advance notice of attendance is strongly encouraged and allows childcare to be arranged for attendees.
For more information on the classes offered, or to sign up for a class, call Family Advocacy at 661-277-5292.