Veterans-Surviving & Thriving After Trauma

Veterans-Surviving & Thriving After Trauma

presented by Carol Butler, fl. 2013 and Ester A. Leutenberg, fl. 2010 (Duluth, MN: Whole Person Associates, 2013, originally published 2013), 164 page(s)

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Abstract / Summary
Veterans – Surviving and Thriving after Trauma will assist professional facilitators to help veterans adapt after serving their country. Veterans risked life, limbs, relationships and careers, some lost one or more of these basic life support systems. They freed others, but fight the aftermath of death and destruction. Many suffer emotional and physical scars, guilt, grief and loss. Some are eaten away by anger or enslaved by substances.Initially, homecoming is happiness, applause and affection, but reintegration to daily life does not resume as they knew it. Veterans, their partners and families have changed. The labor market may not welcome their skills; their finances may plunge. Statistics show alarmingly high suicide and unemployment rates.As more veterans return from combat, society is increasingly aware of their needs. They will be directed toward professional and spiritual counselors. Veterans differ from other abuse survivors; they have seen atrocities and experienced horrors most civilians cannot comprehend. Their intelligence, determination and resilience that served our country are now needed to save themselves, to heal their invisible and visible wounds. The Veterans – Surviving and Thriving after Trauma workbook will help facilitators working with veterans:• Individually• In groups• In conjunction with their partners or families. Topics covered in the book include:1. Homecoming – to help veterans reintegrate into families and communities and recognize that they and others have changed; to address ways to deal with partners, children and parents.2. Stress – to help veterans recognize and begin to heal from emotional wounds including PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other conditions; to emphasize cognitive changes and mental and physical health habits.3. Anger – to help veterans process issues, safely vent and express their feelings, and learn ways to deescalate themselves and others; to highlight risks for domestic violence and safety.4. Depression – to help veterans recognize signs of depression so that they can begin to heal and avoid digging deeper into despair; to incorporate hope and resilience. Sabotaging suicide is emphasized here and throughout the book.5. Guilt – to help veterans decrease effects of guilt regarding death, destruction, and atrocities they were involved in or witnessed; to incorporate making amends and righting wrongs when possible..6. Grief – to help veterans survive the loss of best buddies and others; to help them recognize the stages of grief and carry the torch for those they lost; to address survival guilt.7. Substance Abuse – to help veterans recognize substance abuse or efforts to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs; to learn how substances intensify the spiral of ups and downs related to war’s aftermath and other factors.8. Coping Skills – to help veterans with cognitive, problem solving, and expressive activities through art, music, writing, and other methods; to teach and emphasize relaxation techniques. 9. Relationships – to help veterans survive issues at home including infidelity and break-ups. 10. Rebounding – to help veterans deal with physical injuries and begin the process of physical healing. Options including vocational rehabilitation are included.
Field of Interest
Counseling & Therapy
Copyright Message
Copyright © 2013 Whole Person Associates. All rights reserved.
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Whole Person Associates
Place Published / Released
Duluth, MN
Counseling & Therapy, Psychology & Counseling, Health Sciences, Group Counseling, Theoretical Approaches to Counseling, Life events, Psychological issues, Terapia de Grupo, Teoria do Aconselhamento, Teorías del Asesoramiento, Veterans, Trauma survivors, Emotional trauma
Carol Butler, fl. 2013, Ester A. Leutenberg, fl. 2010
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Terapia de Grupo, Teoria do Aconselhamento, Teorías del Asesoramiento

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