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Benefits

Military service is inherently a high-pressure profession – and so is caring for a loved one who has served our country. Many warriors returning from deployments experience symptoms related to depression and anxiety, making everyday tasks like socializing, focusing, and thinking critically seem like insurmountable challenges. Military spouses and/or caregivers experience this stress, too.

Our Military Spouse and Caregiver Training helps military families navigate this transition together, promoting effective communication and healthy problem-solving. Through Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART), military spouses and caregivers learn how to block out distractions, conceptualize main ideas, and generate creative solutions to problems.

WHAT IS THE PROGRAM?

Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART) is a set of strategies that helps you think smarter, not harder. You will learn strategies to revive your everyday routine and boost your brainpower. Sessions are interactive with exercises that encourage discussion, creative thinking, and practical application. More than a decade of clinical trials has demonstrated that the strategies taught in this workshop strengthen the brain’s frontal networks – regions that support attention, planning, judgment and emotional management.*

WHO CAN BENEFIT?

Spouses and caregivers of active duty or veteran military service members.

COST

Thanks to private philanthropy and state funding, there is no cost for participants.

TRAINING SCHEDULE
  • Two 3-hour sessions over two consecutive days followed by a 3-hour session one month later (9 total hours)
    • Session 1 – overview of the strategies and science
    • Session 2 – integration and application of the strategies
    • Session 3 – integration and application of the strategies

 

LOCATION

Brain Performance Institute
2200 W. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75235
(972) 883-3400

Mobile training may also be scheduled for spouse and caregiver groups at or near military installations throughout the U.S.

For questions, pricing information and logistics, please contact: Cheryl Endres Cheryl.endres@utdallas.edu or (580) 284-9522.

*Specific outcomes of the training are not guaranteed. Different individuals may use the tools in different ways. Maximum brain change results from the completion of all steps in the SMART program and continual adoption of brain strategies. In order to fully benefit from the SMART program, participants should complete all sessions in succession.

What are the benefits?

Focus on brain health with strategies that inspire efficiency, productivity and quality.

Strengthen key cognitive functions:


STRATEGIC ATTENTION
Learn to focus and limit harmful brain habits like multitasking.
INTEGRATED REASONING
Glean actionable steps to improve deeper-level thinking, flexible exchange of ideas and problem-solving.
INNOVATION
Learn to flexibly update ideas and perspectives to understand complexities and nuances of information. Improve your ability to identify challenges and create solutions.