Fort Riley, Kansas



Training increases spouse resiliency

By Maria Childs | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | June 16, 2015

The concept of spouse resiliency is part of the Army system of values. Families are behind Soldiers day-in and day-out supporting their mission. Leaders at Fort Riley ensure resources are made available to those family members.

Army Community Service staff and volunteers offer several kinds of resiliency training events such as the Spouse Resiliency Training that took place May 26 through 29 in Building 7264. The training was designed to focus on increasing self-awareness, self-regulation, mental agility and strength of character.

Danielle Corenchuk, an Army Community Service volunteer instructor, is a military spouse herself. She was part of the 2009 training pilot group and then she started teaching the class.

She said she hopes each spouse walks away with a better understanding of themselves and the challenges they face as military spouses every day.

“Even if we don’t look into the world of deployment, which comes with its own set of challenges, on a day to day basis they experience irregular schedules, planning around unit’s schedules and other things that come up on very short notice,” Corenchuk said of Army spouses.

Corenchuk, who works as a life coach, uses some of her professional techniques when volunteering as a resiliency trainer. The session includes relaxation activities such as crafts, eating snacks and networking with other spouses.

“They need to know what they are thinking and the tools that are available,” Corenchuk said.

Learning about their own thought processes and how to remain in control when stress is high is the main point of the class.

Spouse Rebekah Simmons volunteers at ACS, so she had two reasons to attend this training. She said she wanted to better help those she works with at ACS as well as add tools to her personal life to handle situations better.

“For me, it’s putting it all together – all the different ways to identify the trigger and handling it appropriately,” Simmons said. “When I think of those things, I think more about my personal life than my professional life.”

Her colleague, Courtney Neill, who is also a military spouse, said her greatest take away from the training is stress management.

“I think for me it’s been thinking less emotionally and more rationally,” Neill said. “I feel like my mind is always spinning. So just learning how to slow down my thoughts...”

Simmons and Neill agreed carrying the tools from training to their interaction with clients at ACS is a benefit on the job.

Attendees were mostly spouses, but members of the community also joined the group to learn more about military families. Molly Schuckman is a teacher at Freshman Success Academy in Junction City, Kansas. She said she came to the training to become better acquainted with the parents’ military language so that she could better understand what the children are hearing from their parents.

“I want to make sure the kids are getting the same language as the parents,” Schuckman said.

Another session of spouse resiliency training is scheduled for August 17 through 20. For more information about spouse programs, call ACS at 785-239-9435.

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