AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast

Family Voices: UCLA’s FOCUS: Resilience Training for Military Families

August 19, 2019

Host Patty Barron, Director of Family Readiness at AUSA, speaks with Kelly Skala, LPC, Model Supervisor from FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress). The FOCUS program provides resilience training designed to assist military families and couples with transitions by building upon their existing strengths to enhance the family unit as a whole. Free to all active duty, reserve and guard military families, this preventative service includes 6-8 sessions that are fun, interactive and personalized. Sessions can be held in person or using a hybrid option to overcome geographical hurdles.

Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at

Resources mentioned:

FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress)

Social: @focusresiliencytraining

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FOCUS on the Go! (App):

FOCUS World (Online Game):