A Practical Guide to Counseling Veterans

A Practical Guide to Counseling Veterans

A Practical Guide to Counseling Veterans

A Practical Guide to Counseling Veterans

Synopsis

A practical guide that introduces readers to key concepts, practice considerations and techniques for counseling veterans.

Excerpt

Since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11/ 2001 (9/11), and when Iraq was invaded due to the fear that they possessed weapons of mass destruction, the United States has been involved in two major wars, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Over a million men and women have served their country in these two wars and are now returning home. Many of these service personnel bring back with them wounds. Some wounds are physical such as amputated legs; others are invisible such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is these invisible wounds that counselors are likely to work with in a variety of settings. Although less military personnel have died in recent wars than in past wars, many are returning with emotional and psychological scars and need help healing them. Also, many women have participated in these wars, which has led to an increase in military sexual assaults.

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