Healing Stress in Military Families: Eight Steps to Wellness
When service members return, it's up to their families to try to soften their re-entry into civilian life. Healing Stress in Military Families offers practical help for military families coping with the myriad repercussions of their loved ones' duties, from their deployment to their return home.
Based on the latest scientific research and best practice guidelines—as well as the authors' experience treating veterans and their families—Healing Stress in Military Families offers answers for the stress that comes not only from war, but also from other related issues, including deployment and redeployment, relocation, and reunion.
Healing Stress in Military Families provides:
Evidence-based advice for clinicians helping military families with adjustment problems by facilitating communication, reconnection, and growth
"Making It Real" exercises for clinicians to employ with families in sessions
"Talking Points" that explore how to guide the family in their healing process
Homework handouts and between-session "Taking Action" exercises for families that reinforce and build on skills and information introduced in sessions
Compassionately written with the military family at heart, Healing Stress in Military Families provides the information, tools, and skills that will empower these courageous families to more easily heal and become stronger and more resilient as they go through life.
"This practical workbook will help others understand the highly complex factors that cause dysfunction within military families. Using a clear format that avoids jargon, providers and families can work through the eight practical steps that focus on reconnecting the family and improving resiliency. This excellent book will surely become core material for anyone interested in working with military families."
—Bradford Felker, MD, Director, Mental Health Primary Care Service, VA Puget Sound Health Care System and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Washington School of Medicine
"Healing Stress in Military Families: Eight Steps to Wellness is a timely, practical publication that recognizes and addresses the impact of traumatic stress on countless 'hidden victims,' our military families. The focus on empowerment and goal-directedness—versus illness, disorder and dysfunction—is so needed today."
—Mark D. Lerner, PhD, President, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
How to Use this Book xiii
All in the Family: Sources of Stress xix
The 8 Steps to Healing and Wellness
Step 1 Connect 3
Step 2 Explain 17
Step 3 Discover 31
Step 4 Empower 47
Step 5 Improve 61
Step 6 Process 85
Step 7 Challenge 103
Step 8 Grow 127
Appendices: Handouts for Families and Clinicians
Appendix A Handouts for Military Families 151
Appendix B Clinicians’ Resource Guide 205
Appendix C Service Members and Military Families Resource Guide 209
About the Authors 223
DR. LORIE T. DeCARVALHO, PhD,is a licensed clinical psychologist and board-certifi ed expert in traumatic stress, pain management specialist, and peak performance coach. Dr. DeCarvalho is the former Founder and Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services for Adventist Health, Central California Network. She is the CEO of Center for Integrative Psychology & Wellness, Inc., a healthcare corporation that provides clinical care, consultation, education, and training for individuals and organizations at the national and international levels. She is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Prior to this, she served as an Education Specialist at the National Center for PTSD. She is the co-author of Healing Stress in Military Families: Eight Steps to Wellness, Clinician's Guide to Treating Stress After War: Education and Coping Interventions for Veterans, and Strategies for Managing Stress After War: Veteran’s Workbook and Guide to Wellness, as well as numerous other professional, educational general interest, and self-help publications.
Julia M. Whealin, PHD, is the Deputy Director for Education and a Research Health Scientist at the National Center for PTSD in the Veterans Affairs Pacific Island Health Care System. She is coauthor, with Lorie T. DeCarvalho and Edward M. Vega, of Clinician's Guide to Treating Stress After War: Education and Coping Interventions for Veterans and Strategies for Managing Stress After War: Veteran's Workbook and Guide to Wellness, both published by Wiley.
—Bradford Felker, MD, Director Deployment Health Service and Mental Health Primary Care Service Department of Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System Commander, United States Reserves
"Military families are faced with incredible challenges such as deployment separation, constant relocation, and caring for loved ones with physical and psychological injuries. Unfortunately, due to the necessary attention paid to service members, families are often unintentionally overlooked. Drs. DeCarvalho and Whealin do an excellent job detailing the various challenges faced by military families and provide practical and helpful tips for increasing their resiliency in the face of adversity."
—Bret A. Moore, Psy.D., ABPP
"Healing Stress in Military Families: Eight Steps to Wellness is a timely, practical publication that recognizes and addresses the impact of traumatic stress on countless "hidden victims," our military families. The focus on empowerment and goal-directedness—versus illness, disorder and dysfunction is so needed today."
—Mark D. Lerner, Ph.D., President, Institute for Traumatic Stress