Session 1-ENTRUST Recap

  • Analyzed the transformation process, looking in from the outside.

  • Reviewed existing capabilities for transformation

  • Assessed and discussed fear, threats, emotions

  • Reviewed social threats using David Rock's SCARF Model

  • Brainstormed strategies to offset threats to transition

  • Identified personal strategies to implement now

Insights from the group:

  1. Stepping down relates to needs fulfillment, not status. The military fulfills all of the lower four needs (physiological, safety, belonging, esteem).  Leaving the military requires individuals to "step down" and fulfill their most basic needs first. Negative outcomes may result when status/esteem needs are prioritized over physiological and safety needs. Status is not portable.

  2. Regarding Bridges transition model, the productivity over time curve varies for each individual, and there is a blend between the three phases ( Endings, Neutral Zone and New Beginnings). Some may be more productive in the Neutral zone than what the author illustrates. 

  3. Referencing the study results of the Top 20 Stressors, service members experience up to 10 of the 20 during transition. Everyone experiences a series of transitions throughout their lifetimes.  The military-civilian transition is unique in that it requires a culture change and personal transformation.

  4. There is always a story behind the question, "Why did you decide to serve?"  For one participant, it was the 90-year old crosswalk guard at his school, who was also a veteran.  Stories tell our story. 

  5. Fear is a mental process that triggers a physical response in humans when confronted by a threat.  We worked to reduce transition threats in order to function more effectively. 

  6. Emotions are important because they drive behavior (we did not cover too much).

  7. Not covered, and worth considering:  The impact veterans have on non-veterans with regards to the perceived threats (status/certainty/autonomy/relatedness/fairness) they present.     

 

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