Discovering the Components of Strong Family Functioning

This is a free professional development webinar presented by MFLN Family Transitions

Families are among the most enduring institutions in the world, and understanding the key components of strong family functioning can guide programmatic and policy efforts. Some families may be especially strong in certain areas of life, while they are facing challenges in others. This webinar will help staff understand the elements that help build strong family functioning.


  • Understand the nine key components for strong family functioning as they relate to families in general, but utilize examples that are specific to U.S. military.

  • Understand the implications for military families as well as programs and policies.

  • Examine a tenth component, military readiness, and how it relates to American military families.


Dr. Adeya Richmond is a clinical psychologist who works as a researcher in the Family Social Science Department at the University of Minnesota. In this position, she is part of a research team interested in supporting the positive functioning of military families. She also works in a private clinical practice where she provides psychological services to adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, and histories of trauma.

Amy Gunty is a Research Scientist in the Military REACH lab at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Family Social Science. She has worked directly with children and families for many years. She is passionate about investigating ways to help families become resilient and thrive even in the face of adversity.

Work within the REACH Lab includes Military REACH, a project of the DoD/USDA Military Extension Partnership. Military REACH utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach integrating both research and outreach to support those who work with and on behalf of military families. Military REACH provides empirical research that identifies and addresses key issues impacting military families and the programs that serve them, offer outreach and professional development through online resources, and host a Live Learning Lab for program staff seeking constructive professional development feedback for their programs.


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      Participants will earn a Certificate of Completion

      After viewing the webinar, scroll down to the bottom of this page where you will find a link under "Evaluation". After completing the evaluation, you will be prompted to fill out information needed for your Certificate of Completion. A certificate will then be emailed to you.

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