1st Edition

Caring for the Military A Guide for Helping Professionals

Edited By Joan Beder Copyright 2017
    278 Pages
    by Routledge

    278 Pages
    by Routledge

    With overseas deployment scaling down in recent years, helping professionals need practical tools for working with servicemen and women returning from deployment. Caring for the Military, with its case studies and clinical discussions, is indispensable for social workers and other helping professionals working with these populations. Leading experts contribute chapters on the challenges faced by reintegrating members of the military, including returning to a family, entering the workforce, and caring for those with PTSD, TBI, and moral injury. This text also features unique chapters on telemental health, multidisciplinary settings, and caregiver resiliency. 

    Preface About the editor About the contributors  Part I: The World of the Military: Culture and Transitions 1. Military Cultural Competence Yvette Branson 2. Military Culture and Veteran Transition Jose E. Coll and Eugenia L. Weiss  Part II: Special Populations 3.Homeless Veterans Carissa van den Berk-Clark and David L. Albright 4. Women Service Members and Veterans Anne G. Sadler, Michelle A. Mengeling, Sarah S. Fraley, and Brittany D. Martin 5. Older Veterans Kari L. Fletcher, David L. Albright, Kimberley A. Rorie, and Alexandra M. Lewis 6. Military Families: Strengths and Concerns Reintegration and Beyond Eugenia L. Weiss, Deborah Hino, Julie Canfield, and David L. Albright 7. The Impact of War and Deployments on Young Military-Connected Children Eugenia L. Weiss, Don Moncrief, and Tara DeBraber 8. Caring for Caregivers: Understanding and Helping Those Who Support the Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Ilysa R. Michelson and Cory Chen 9. Understanding Our Military Survivors of Sexual Assault Kristi L. Mueller 10. Sexual and Gender Minority Veterans Sandra Laski and David L. Albright  Part III: Clinical Challenges and Perspectives  11. Veterans and Suicide:  Risk Factors, Assessment, and Treatment Appendix 11.A Appendix 11.B Appendix 11.C Christie Jackson 12. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) from Blast Explosions: Applications for Non-DoD/VA Mental Health Clinicians George M. Cuesta 13. Working with Military Nurses and their Family System Pauline A. Swiger, Eric Graybill, and Diane L. Vaccarell 14. Treating Co-Occurring Conditions in the Returning Warrior Jeffrey S. Yarvis, Gabrielle N. Bryen, and Hannah Stryker Thomas 15. Occupational Therapy for our Military; Challenges and Roles Kristen Maisano and Joan Beder 16. Moral Injury Joan Beder 17. Tele-behavioral Health Julie M. Landry Poole, Lynette Pujol, and Bret Moore 18. Traditional and Whole Health and Patient-Centered Care at the Veterans Health Administration: An Overview Grace W. Yan 19. The Cost of Caring Charles R. Figley and Joan Beder


    Joan Beder DSW is a professor in the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in New York. She has been a clinical social worker for over 30 years and maintains a private clinical practice in Long Island, NY. She has published extensively on issues related to the military, bereavement, and medical social work and presented at numerous national and international conferences on a variety of topics.

     "Joan Beder’s Caring for the Military: A Guide for Helping Professionals should be required reading for any mental health professional in training as well as for any clinician who seeks to provide understanding and compassionate care to our military and to our veterans. Her choice of experts is particularly thoughtful and broad, thus allowing the reader to gain expertise from a wide range of mental health practitioners. I wish I had this book when I first started working with veterans!"—Ann Feder, LCSW-R, VA- VISN Region 3 Mental Health Programs Manager, Bronx, New York


    "As a war veteran and combat medic, I can say that this book is clearly the most comprehensive text ever written on ‘caring for the military’ and the challenges returning veterans face upon reintegration into society. This book will be essential to every social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, or professional working with servicemen and women. The authors should be applauded for demonstrating that sound scholarship and research can be a pleasure to read."—Marvin L. Colson, MA, MS, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Social Welfare, Stony Brook University; U.S. Navy, Ret.


    "Joan Beder has given us a guide for working with and demonstrating how to care about veterans. This book should be a requirement for every professional who work with veterans and their families."—Frances L. Brisbane, PhD, MSW, Vice President, Office of Faculty, Staff, and Student Diversity, and Former Dean, School of Social Welfare, Stony Brook University