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Handbook of Military Social Work

Allen Rubin (Editor), Eugenia L. Weiss (Editor), Jose E. Coll (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-06783-3
608 pages
December 2012
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The need has never been more crucial for community health providers, programs, and organizations to have access to training in addressing the unique behavioral health challenges facing our veterans, active duty military, and their families.

Handbook of Military Social Work is edited by renowned leaders in the field, with contributions from social work professionals drawing from their wealth of experience working with veterans, active duty military, and their families.

Handbook of Military Social Work considers:

  • Military culture and diversity
  • Women in the military
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans
  • Traumatic brain injury in the military
  • Suicide in the military
  • Homelessness among veterans
  • Cycles of deployment and family well-being
  • Grief, loss, and bereavement in military families
  • Interventions for military children and youth

Offering thoughtful advice covering the spectrum of issues encountered by mental health professionals working with individuals and families, Handbook of Military Social Work will contribute to the improvement of efforts to help our military personnel, veterans, and their families deal with the challenges they face.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xxi

Introduction: Understanding and Intervening With Military Personnel and Their Families: An Overview xxiii
Allen Rubin

About the Editors xxxiii

About the Contributors xxxv

Part I: Foundations of Social Work With Service Members and Veterans

1 A Brief History of Social Work With the Military and Veterans 3
Allen Rubin and Helena Harvie

2 Military Culture and Diversity 21
Jose E. Coll, Eugenia L. Weiss, and Michael Metal

3 Women in the Military 37
Eugenia L. Weiss and Tara DeBraber

4 Ethical Decision Making in Military Social Work 51
James G. Daley

5 Secondary Trauma in Military Social Work 67
Allen Rubin and Eugenia L. Weiss

Part II: Interventions for the Behavioral Health Problems of Service Members and Veterans

6 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Veterans 81
Jeffrey S. Yarvis

7 The Neurobiology of PTSD and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) 99
Jimmy Stehberg, David L. Albright, and Eugenia L. Weiss

8 Treating Combat-Related PTSD With Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy 113
Suzanne Leaman, Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, JoAnn Difede, Judith Cukor, Maryrose Gerardi, and Albert “Skip” Rizzo

9 Psychopharmacology for PTSD and Co-Occurring Disorders 141
Bruce Capehart and Matt Jeffreys

10 Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the Military 163
Cynthia Boyd and Sarah Asmussen

11 TBI and Social Work Practice 179
Margaret A. Struchen, Allison N. Clark, and Allen Rubin

12 Assessing, Preventing, and Treating Substance Use Disorders in Active Duty Military Settings 191
Allen Rubin and Willie G. Barnes

13 Preventing and Intervening With Substance Use Disorders in Veterans 209
Rachel Burda-Chmielewski and Aaron Nowlin

14 Suicide in the Military 225
Colanda Cato

Part III: Veterans and Systems of Care

15 Homelessness Among Veterans 247
Edward V. Carrillo, Joseph J. Costello, and Caleb Yoon Ra

16 Navigating Systems of Care 271
Jennifer Roberts

17 Transitioning Veterans Into Civilian Life 281
Jose E. Coll and Eugenia L. Weiss

Part IV: Families Impacted by Military Service

18 A Brief History of U.S. Military Families and the Role of Social Workers 301
Jesse Harris

19 Cycle of Deployment and Family Well-Being 313
Keita Franklin

20 Supporting National Guard and Reserve Members, and Their Families 335
Christina Harnett

21 The Exceptional Family Member Program: Helping Special Needs Children in Military Families 359
Barbara Yoshioka Wheeler, Deborah McGough, and Fran Goldfarb

22 Grief, Loss, and Bereavement in Military Families 383
Jill Harrington-LaMorie

23 The Stress Process Model for Supporting Long-Term Family Caregiving 409
Monica M. Matthieu and Angela B. Swensen

24 Family-Centered Programs and Interventions for Military Children and Youth 427
Gregory A. Leskin, Ediza Garcia, Julie D’Amico, Catherine E. Mogil, and Patricia E. Lester

25 Couple Therapy for Redeployed Military and Veteran Couples 443
Kathryn Basham

26 Theory and Practice With Military Couples and Families 467
Eugenia L. Weiss, Tara DeBraber, Allison Santoyo, and Todd Creager

Appendix: Veteran Organizations and Military Family Resources 493
Prepared by James A. Martin, Keita Franklin, Jeffrey S. Yarvis, Jose E. Coll, and Eugenia L. Weiss

Glossary of Military Terms 517
Jose E. Coll

Author Index 531

Subject Index 551

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Author Information

Allen Rubin, Ph.D. is the Kantambu Latting College Professorship for Leadership and Change at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. He is the author of a number of bestselling titles in social work research and the past president of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Eugenia Weiss is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed psychologist. Weiss assisted in developing the USC's military social work sub-concentration and teaches a course on military families. Her research interests include diversity and multicultural training in social work education and family attachment issues through the phases of military deployment.

Jose E. Coll is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at Saint Leo University and Director of Veteran Student Services, where he has been a faculty member since 2011. Prior to joining St. Leo, he was a Clinical Associate Professor and Chair of the Mlitary Social Work & Veterans Services at USC's School of Social Work. Coll is a Marine Corps veteran who served with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company. His research focuses on counseling practices with veterans, cognitive development and cognitive complexities, and underage college substance abuse.

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"This is a desktop resource that students, educators, clinicians, clients, and those not in the field of social work can immediately use. This text scores high in readability, is easy to understand, and has applicability to almost any circumstance confronting social workers today…. The Handbook of Military Social Work is an awesome tool!" (The New Social Worker)

"This is an important book for anyone interested in providing care for our recent veterans and their loved ones. It provides a sophisticated, thoughtful orientation for non- military clinicians. The discussion of Military Cultural and Diversity is especially comprehensive and brings together concepts that clinicians need to understand if they are to provide the best possible treatment for our military and their families. I highly recommend it!"
Judith Broder, M.D., Founder/Director The Soldiers Project

"This text is a vital work for social work students as well as practitioners who are or plan to be engaged with veterans and their families. The chapters' authors represent a "who's who" of leading researchers and practitioners as they delve into "the wide range of challenges, strengths, and interventions that social works need to learn about...." The text is also built around the CSWE's 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards while reflecting an evidence-based approach to practice. All social workers should become familiar with this important work. Rubin, Weiss, and Coll call us to stand firmly by our professional and civic responsibilities to these warriors and their families. To do otherwise would be the social work profession's shame."
Ira C. Colby, DSW, LCSW, Dean and Professor of Social Work, University of Houston

"Wow, this is an extremely comprehensive and easy to read handbook regarding all aspects of military social work. The authors and editors have done a fantastic job of covering military life from the perspective of the serving members, veterans and their families. This handbook will be of use to students through to experienced practitioners."
Nicola T. Fear, Ph.D, Reader in Epidemiology, King’s Centre For Military Health Research, King's College, London

"The editors of this handbook have literally written to meet EPAS Core Competencies of the field of social work. The twenty-six chapters provide a comprehensive guide to understanding and helping within the military culture. This book fills a void in military social work and will become one of the most referenced handbooks of its kind."
Prof. Charles R. Figley, Ph.D., The Paul Henry Kurzweg, MD Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health at Tulane University and School of Social Work Professor and Associate Dean for Research

"This text is a comprehensive and invaluable resource. It has relevance for all health professionals helping services members and families impacting by recent military operations."
Col Rakesh Jetly, OMM, CO, MD, FRCPC, Psychiatrist and Mental Health Advisor to Surgeon General of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

"An excellent text that offers a lot of valuable information to social work students or professionals (especially non-veterans), who want to serve this population. Service members are a unique population because of their experience in war and the dramatic impact that can have on them and their families. An understanding of this culture is essential in order to provide them the services they need to reintegrate successfully."
Stephen Peck, MSW, USMC, Vietnam Veteran, President/CEO, United States Veterans Initiative

"This book is a superb collection that will inform, educate, and inspire both social work students and practitioners in their commitment to provide the very best services to service members and their families. The challenges facing military personnel and their families are daunting. This volume meets a critical need in the preparation of practitioners who will meet those needs in the target population. I endorse it most highly."
Julia M. Watkins, Ph.D., Executive Director Emerita, Council on Social Work Education, Alexandria, VA

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