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Workshops & Support Groups

Please register at least 1 day prior to event, unless otherwise stated, by emailing

The EFMP wishes to make our events accessible to persons of all abilities. If you need reasonable accommodations in order to fully participate in an event, please contact us. Unless otherwise noted, all programs consist of a workshop plus allotted time for family networking and support group. These events are a great opportunity to support one another by sharing experiences, resources, and lessons learned. EFMP staff will be on hand to address questions and concerns.

2017 Family Socials

2017 Family Socials

Education • Advocacy • Family Support • Networking
1–3 pm on the dates below • USO Warrior and Family Center
5940 9th Street, Fort Belvoir, VA.

2017 Dates:
• April 8: Egg Hunt & Field Day (9300 De Witt Loop, Ft. Belvoir, VA)
• May 13: Spring Social Potluck
• September 9: Back-to-School
• October 21: Trick-or-Treat Parade
• November 18: Marine Corps Birthday Celebration
  (evening event for Henderson Hall active duty families only)
• December 9: Holiday Potluck Social

Open to active, reserve, and retired service members and their families from all branches of service. Please register by the Wednesday prior to the event date. Call 703-693-7195 or email

EFMP Speaker Series: Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts

EFMP Speaker Series: Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts

Thursday, April 6 • 9–11 am • Pentagon Library Conference Center Room B8.

Guest speaker Tia Marsili from the ARC of Northern Virginia will discuss the roles of Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts in safeguarding government benefits and ensuring your child’s personal needs and aspirations are met now and in the future.

Please register by calling 703-693-5353 or 703-696-0783 or emailing Registration closes on April 3.

MFP Pentagon Outreach

MFP Pentagon Outreach

Wednesday, April 12 • 9 am – 3 pm • Pentagon Corridors 1 & 2, 2nd Deck, A Ring.

EFMP Speaker Series: Special Support for Special Needs Travelers

EFMP Speaker Series: Special Support for Special Needs Travelers

Wednesday, April 19 • 11 am – 1 pm • Pentagon Library Conference Center Room B3.

Guest speaker Stephanie Cao from the Transportation Safety Administration will discuss the numerous supports and resources that you and your family member with special needs have when traveling.

Please register by calling 703-693-5353 or 703-696-0783 or emailing Registration closes on April 14.

6th Annual Joint Services EFMP Resource Fair

Saturday, May 6 • 10 am – 2 pm • Cpl Terry L. Smith Gym, Henderson Hall.
Education • Advocacy • Family Support • Networking.
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Infant Massage Class

Infant Massage Class (5 Week Series)

Infant massage promotes bonding, attachment and teaches parents ways to calm and soothe their baby.

Call 703-693-7206 for registration and schedule.

Infant Massage Class is offered by Marine Corps Community Services: New Parent Support Program, EFMP, and Prevention & Education.

Workshop & Support Group Descriptions:

Accessing Community Resources
Community resources are the businesses, public service institutions, and charitable organizations that provide assistance and services to local residents. Some organizations may support large groups while others target a smaller more specific group. Come and learn about accessing a wealth of resources available in the National Capital Region and how to find new resources when you PCS to a new location.

Advocacy Skills
What does it mean to be an advocate? How can you be a better advocate for your family member with special needs and/or yourself? Learn advocating basics such as goal setting and documentation and listening skills. Share what you have learned with others.

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapy and How to Navigate Through Tricare
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy uses behavior modification principles, such as positive reinforcement, to increase or decrease targeted behaviors. ABA can also help develop skills, such as speech, self-help, and play, and help to decrease behaviors like aggression or self-injury. Learn more about ABA therapy and how to work with Tricare to get this service for your family member.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Brief
What are the common signs and behaviors of Autism? Has your child been newly diagnosed? Need to learn more about the different therapies that are out there? Learn how to assist your family understand ASD and how to support your family member with ASD.

Building Networks of Support
Informal networks of support are people who are part of a family's social network like family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers or members of a faith-based community. Formal networks of support are typically individuals from organizations or agencies that provide help or a service to the family. Learn how to find resources and how to build a support system by sharing and networking with others who are dealing with the same challenging circumstances.

Early Intervention Overview
From birth to 5 years, a child should reach milestones in how he/she plays, learns, speaks and acts. A delay in any of these areas could be a sign of a developmental problem. The good news is, the earlier it’s recognized the more a child can be helped to reach his/her full potential. Learn how to spot developmental delays and what to do if you have a concern about your child.

EFMP Couples Support Group for Marines & Spouses
This support group, facilitated by Henderson Hall’s Chaplain, is for couples who would like to meet with other couples to share experiences and resources, as well as the challenges, successes, and joys that go along with having a family member with special needs.

Emergency Preparedness
Be informed and prepared in the event of an emergency. Learn what to do in the event of a natural disaster, tips for creating a family emergency plan, and how to build an emergency kit. If you have a special needs family member, come and learn about the resources available and what you can do to prepare.

Exceptional Siblings Brief
Being a parent of a child with special needs is challenging and rewarding, and so is being their sibling. What, as a parent, can we do to be sensitive to the challenges faced by the “typical” sibling, and help them negotiate these challenges while accentuating the positives? This workshop will explore issues related to siblings of children with disabilities, as well as some practical suggestions for addressing these issues.

Family Social (EFMP Support Group)
EFMP Family Social is a time for the entire family to connect with others and relax. Children will be able to participate in monthly themed crafts and engage in other activities. While children are occupied with fun crafts and other activities, parents are given the opportunity to connect with each other and their family case worker in order to share resources and to discuss relevant issues.

Incapacitated Adult Dependency Determination
Learn what the basic qualifying criterion is for establishing an incapacitation status for a child within the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). Learn what a dependency determination is and what documentation is needed. Learn what the ID card processing procedures are for incapacitated children over age 21.

Introduction to EFMP
What is the USMC Exceptional Family Member Program? Who is eligible and what are the benefits and requirements? How do you enroll in the program? This workshop will discuss why the EFMP exists, and how it can help you to support and advocate for your exceptional family member.

Introduction to Virginia Medicaid Waivers
This session will provide you with an overview of Virginia Medicaid Waivers. We will also explore the qualification requirements, application process, and benefits of the Elderly & Disabled Consumer Directed (EDCD) waiver.

Presented by Moms In Motion.
Moms in Motion provides case management services for Medicaid Waiver enrollees. This session will discuss:

  • An overview of Virginia Medicaid Waivers
  • Explore the qualification requirements and application process
  • The benefits of the Elderly and Disabled Consumer Directed (EDCD) waiver
  • The importance of getting on a waiting list for either the ID (Intellectually Disabled) or DD (Developmentally Delayed) waivers

Managing Deployments
Join us for a brief about how to prepare for deployment. Learn about the resources and supports available for your family through your EFMP office.

Meet & Greet
Meet your Family Case Worker. Drop off paperwork. Meet other EFMP families. Learn more about EFMP and the resources available to you.

  • Meet your Family Case Worker
  • Drop off paperwork
  • Meet other EFMP families
  • Learn more about EFMP and the resources available to you
  • Children are welcome

Permanent Change Station (PCS) Transition Support
Planning is the key to making a smooth transition for your family during a PCS move, especially if you have a family member with special needs. This workshop will step you through the process of creating a timeline checklist, and provide information on useful resources, tips, and organizational tools that will help lessen the stress and anxiety of moving with a family member with special needs.

Respite Care Reimbursement Program
The Respite Care Reimbursement Program is available to eligible EFMP families. This workshop covers the Respite Care Reimbursement Program guidelines, eligibility, and the application process. This is an essential briefing if you will be utilizing this USMC EFMP respite care subsidy program.

Special Education Overview
Are you new to the special education arena or just in need of a refresher on the basics of special education? Join us for a workshop on the need-to-know information on the special education process in order for you to be the best advocate for your child.

Special Needs Forum
A forum to address the issues and concerns of our families enrolled in the USMC Exceptional Family Member Program dealing with your installation. We hope to foster ideas, promote creativity, and solve problems with the outcome of greater coordination and collaboration in accessing quality support services for our families.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
Understand the Myriad of Rules Governing SSI/SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare & Related Work Incentives for People with Disabilities/Initial eligibility/Application

  • Understand benefi ts programs under SSI & SSDI
  • Understand how earned income (wages) and unearned income affect cash and medical benefi ts
  • Know which Work Incentives belong to which benefi t program, know when to use them & which ones to use
  • Understand Medicaid & Medicare rules when individuals earn income
  • Access information from the SSA website & other important web resources such as WorkWorld and MedicaidWORKS

Transitions in Special Education Brief
This brief will help prepare parents of children receiving special education services for the next phase in their child’s education. Graduating from elementary school, middle school, and high school are major milestones in a child’s life, and it can be a confusing time when parents want to give their child the best start on that new chapter. Gain knowledge on how to help your child make that transition.

Virginia Assistive Technology Systems (VATS)
The mission of the Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS) is to ensure that Virginians of all ages and abilities can acquire the appropriate, affordable assistive and information technologies and services they need to participate in society as active citizens.
Come and learn what is available for your family member!

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