NJPN has two special programs specifically designed for military personnel and their families, Acheiving Personal Balance & Military Family Nights. Military programs are free to military personnel and their families through funding by NJ DMHAS. For more information about either program, or to find the statewide program location nearest to you, please call Lisa Daly, at 732.367.0611 or email her at Lisa@njpn.org. Programs are FREE and offer babysitting services and gift cards/prizes and incentives for attendance – contact coordinator for more information. Click on the locations below to contact the program coordinators.
Achieving Personal Balance:
Military men and women serving multiple tours experience life as a revolving door of war, home, and then back to combat. Achieving Personal Balance (APB) is a gender-specific program designed to develop and apply effective coping strategies to deal with stressors at work and home, specifically for men and women who are serving, or have served in the military. Learn more…
Military Family Nights:
Family communication and structure are strained with each deployment. The Military Family Nights series is based on the Strengthening Families Program, in which families practice communication skills, family meetings, effective discipline, therapeutic child play, reinforcing positive behaviors in each other, and jointly planning family activities. Learn more…
Military: Achieving Personal Balance
FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL:
Military men and women serving multiple tours experience life as a revolving door of war, home, then back to combat — sometimes within months — and face the same dangers, the same stressors and the same agonizing separation from loved ones. Achieving Personal Balance (APB) is a gender-specific program designed to develop and apply effective coping strategies to deal with stressors at work and home specific for men and women who are serving or have served in the military.The APB Program is based on the evidence-based curriculum, Coping with Work and Family Stress and will focus on increasing the use of healthy coping skills by returning military veterans. Participants will increase skills that will provide a healthy balance in their lives.
• Program is FREE of charge
• Gifts/Incentives for participating
• 7-session gender-specific programs
• Convenient statewide locations (See Network Map) This program provides military men and women skill-building sessions to achieve results in:
• Reduction or elimination of sources of stress
• Less reliance on avoidance coping strategies
• Healthy alternatives to alcohol and drug use
• Prevention or reduction of feelings of depression and anxiety
• Increased use of social support and personal plan of action
• Increased use of a wider range of stress management approaches
The Achieving Personal Balance Program focuses on increasing the use of healthy coping skills by returning military veterans. The program is free through funding provided by the Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Military Family Nights (MFN)
FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL & THEIR FAMILIES
Family communication and structure is strained with each deployment. The Military Family Nights series is based on the Strengthening Families Program in which families practice communication skills, family meetings, effective discipline, therapeutic child play, reinforcing positive behaviors in each other and jointly planning family activities. The program assists parents in effectively communicating with each other and in achieving desired behaviors in children by using attention and rewards, clear communication, effective discipline, substance use education, problem solving, and limit setting. Children learn stress management, social skills, problem solving, resisting peer pressure, consequences of substance use, compliance with parental rules and to understand feelings and cope with anger.
Military Family Night program is:
For Military families: pre-deployed, deployed or post-deployed
Based on the nationally researched program, Strengthening Families
For Families with children 6 – 11 years old: Fourteen session program
For Families with children 10 – 14 years old: Seven session program
Program is Free of Charge
Family Dinner at each session
Gifts for participating
Babysitting services available for children to young to participate in the program
Skill Building sessions for parents and youth
Family Activities each session