With the United States’ involvement in numerous combat operations overseas, the need for civilian social workers with the clinical skills necessary to work with members of the military returning from combat, as well as their families, has never been more critical. In this practical and important book, each chapter is written by specialists in a particular area devoted to the care of service members and includes case material to demonstrate assessment and intervention approaches. The reader is introduced to the world of the military and the subsequent development of mental health services for returning men and women. Chapters look at special populations of service members with specific needs based directly on their experience in the military, discussing post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, sexual harassment and assault during their service, and the physiology of the war zone experience. The challenges faced by reintegrating service men and women are explored in detail and include family issues, suicide, and substance use disorders. A section on services available to returning service members looks at those offered by the Veterans Administration and at the use of animal-assisted interventions. The book concludes with a section devoted to unique concerns for the practitioner and explores ethical concerns they may face and their own needs as clinicians working with this population.

part |33 pages

The World of the Military

chapter |15 pages

The Importance of Understanding Military Culture

ByLynn K. Hall

chapter |16 pages

No One Leaves Unchanged—Insights for Civilian Mental Health Care

Professionals into the Military Experience and Culture
ByJose E. Coll, Eugenia L. Weiss, Jeffrey S. Yarvis

part |100 pages

Special Populations

chapter |17 pages

Care Coordination in Military Traumatic Brain Injury

ByGlenn W. Parkinson, Louis M. French, Silvia Massetti

chapter |20 pages

Working With Survivors of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in the Military

ByMargret E. Bell, Annemarie Reardon

chapter |14 pages

When They Return From Iraq/Afghanistan

The Needs of the Wounded
ByJoan Beder, Helen Jones

chapter |13 pages

Helping the Combat Medic and Corpsman

Adapting to Both Primary and Secondary Traumatic Stress Down Range and Beyond
ByDavid Cabrera, Charles R. Figley, Jeffrey S. Yarvis

chapter |16 pages

The Battle Within

Understanding the Physiology of Warzone Exposure
ByVictoria E. Bruner, Pamela Woll

part |101 pages

Clinical Challenges

chapter |11 pages

Those Who Have Served in Afghanistan/Iraq

Coming Home
ByJoan Beder

chapter |16 pages

Family Resilience and the Fortunes of War

ByMark Chapin

chapter |16 pages

Assessing and Responding to Suicidal Risk Among OIF/OEF Veterans

ByChristie Jackson, Yvette Branson

chapter |19 pages

Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom

Exploring Wartime Death and Bereavement
ByJill Harrington LaMorie

chapter |16 pages

Spouses and Their Families in the Modern Military System

Problems, Assessment, and Interventions
ByBlaine Everson, C. Wayne Perry

chapter |21 pages

Substance use Disorders in Veterans

A Clinical Overview of Assessment and Treatment of Substance use Disorders in Veterans and Service Members
ByMonica Roy, W. Christopher Skidmore

part |27 pages


chapter |14 pages

Animal-Assisted Intervention

ByJoan Beder, Laurie Sullivan-Sakaeda, Tamar P. Martin

chapter |11 pages

Va Integrated Post-Combat Care

A Systemic Approach to Caring for Returning Combat Veterans
ByDeborah Amdur, Alfonso Batres, Janet Belisle, John H. Brown, Micaela Cornis-Pop, Marianne Mathewson-Chapman, Greg Harms, Stephen C. Hunt, Peggy Kennedy, Heather Mahoney-Gleason, Jennifer Perez, Carol Sheets, Terry Washam

part |22 pages

Unique Concerns for Practitioners

chapter |11 pages

Ethical Challenges When Working with the Military

ByNancy Beckerman

chapter |9 pages

The Cost of Caring Requires Self Care

ByCharles R. Figley, Joan Beder