High Stress Assignment Outbrief Program

Whether you are assigned to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, South Sudan, Central African Republic, or any other post that puts your life in danger, we honor your service and look forward to welcoming you home.

The Outbrief Program (MQ950)

  • Understand the challenges of returning from a high stress environment
  • Learn how to share information with your loved ones to ensure the kind of reunion you want and deserve
  • Identify signs and symptoms of possible psychological reactions, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Locate additional resources, if desired
  • Convey to the State Department the full range of difficulties you encountered

Experienced staff at the Foreign Service Institute’s Center of Excellence in Foreign Affairs Resilience (CEFAR) conduct the outbriefs.

  • Department of State Employees tuition rate: No charge
  • Non-State Employees tuition rate: $170

Who May Attend
Foreign Service and Civil Service employees from the State Department who have spent more than 90 days in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic are required to attend. Additionally, any State employee serving at any high stress post is highly encouraged to attend.  Employees of other agencies are welcome to attend.

How to Register

  • Department of State direct-hire Department of State (FS, CS, LE Staff) employees register through the Registrar at FSI (FS have the option of requesting enrollment through HR/CDA).
  • Department of State Eligible Family Members and Members of Household request enrollment through the sponsor's CDO.
  • Other agency employees submit a funded SF-182 Request for Training to the FSI Office of the Registrar, fax 703-302-7152
  • Email FSITCOutbrief@state.gov or call 703-746-2936 for more information.

2018–2019 Program Dates

October 12, 2018
October 26, 2018
November 2, 2018
November 16, 2018
December 7, 2018
January 18, 2019
January 25, 2019
February 8, 2019
February 22, 2019
March 8, 2019
March 22, 2019
April 12, 2019
May 3, 2019
May 17, 2019
June 7, 2019
June 14, 2019
June 21, 2019
July 12, 2019
July 19, 2019
July 26, 2019
August 9, 2019
August 16, 2019
August 23, 2019
September 13, 2019
September 20, 2019
September 27, 2019

High Stress Assignment Outbrief—On Demand Session (MQ951)

This "On Demand" version of the High-Stress Assignment Outbrief Program is offered for the following individuals:

  • You are transferring directly to a non-CONUS assignment,
  • Your schedule does not allow time to attend a regularly scheduled MQ950 classroom session,
  • You have specific concerns to address and would like a private Outbrief;
  • Travel to Washington DC would be a hardship; or
  • You would like to attend with a family member.

"On-Demand" class size is for an individual or small group. This option is available through a coordinated arrangement between the FSI Outbrief coordinator, the employee, and his or her HR contact (Career Development Officer, Assignments Officer or Training Officer).

  • Department of State Employees tuition rate: No charge
  • Non State Employees tuition rate: $415

Who May Attend
Foreign Service and Civil Service employees from the State Department; employees from other non-State agencies.
 

How to Register
Coordinate individuals' schedules directly through the Transition Center.

Once all attendees' schedules are confirmed, register for the individual meeting based on the following categories:

  • Contact FSITCOutbrief@state.gov to coordinate a date and time for the On Demand session.
  • Department of State direct-hire Foreign Service employees should contact their CDO.
  • Department of State direct-hire Civil Service employees submit a training request through your training officer.
  • Other agency employees submit a funded SF-182 Request for Training to FSI Office of the Registrar or fax 703-302-7152.

Where To Meet

If employees are meeting with Transition Center staff, they will go to the Transition Center located at the George Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center (NFATC).

For more information about course content,  contact the Center of Excellence in Foreign Affairs Resilience (CEFAR)..