Once the unaccompanied tour is over, returning home brings with it a different set of challenges, particularly juggling expectations with the reality of coping with things that have changed.
For employees returning from an unaccompanied tour, the Department provides the following support services.
Certificates & Medals of Recognition – honors children for their sacrifice during absence of parents (Foreign Affairs Agencies).
Mandatory High Stress Post Outbrief at FSI – three hour outbrief held at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) for employees returning from challenging assignments, mandatory for all employees serving 90 days or more in Iraq and Afghanistan
Deployment Stress Management Program (DSMP) – DSMP provides information, education, referrals, initial assessment and brief treatment for problems related to the stress of deployment to high threat areas.
Employee Consultation Service (ECS) – ECS offers free, confidential counseling with professional clinical social workers to Department of State employees and family members.
MHN Reintegration Webinars – held yearly and announced periodically via email, official cables, and on the Unaccompanied Tours blog. Email FLOAskUT@state.gov for more information.
Support Group for Returnees – The Deployment Stress Management Program in the Offices of Medical Services sponsors the Unaccompanied/High Stress Tour Coping with Stress Support Group. Email: MEDDSMP@state.gov