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Counseling Military Families

What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know, 2nd Edition

By Lynn K. Hall


308 pages

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How does the military really work? What issues are constants for military families, and what special stresses do they face? Counseling Military Families provides the best available overview of military life, including demographic information and examples of military family issues. Chapters focus on vital issues such as the unique circumstances of reservists, career service personnel, spouses, and children, and present treatment models and targeted interventions tailored for use with military families. Counseling Military Families provides clinicians with the tools they need to make a difference in the lives of families in transition, including those who may have an ingrained resistance to asking for help and who may be available for counseling for a relatively short period of time.


"Lynn Hall has done it again! When Counseling Military Families was published, many of us considered it to be the definitive guide for conducting therapy with military families in the early 21st century. With the release of the updated edition, I am certain that this book will remain the benchmark for clinical work with military families for the decade to come!"

R. Blaine Everson, PhD, LMFT, coeditor of Families Under Fire: Systemic Therapy with Military Families

"Military families have endured multiple and long deployments of their loved ones since 2002. This book discusses the culture, stressors, stress reactions, and best practices for the assessment and treatment of military families. I recommend it to anyone who wants to help these families effectively."

Charles R. Figley, PhD, Paul Henry Kurzweg, MD, Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health at Tulane University

"Lynn Hall has written a definitive volume on the lives and struggles faced by our military families. Her sensitivity to the needs of families and her extensive knowledge and understanding of the military combine to make this a must-have volume."

Joan Beder, DSW, professor, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University

"In Counseling Military Families, Lynn Hall does a great service to families and the mental health professionals who serve them. Dr. Hall provides an extensive, thorough, and up-to-date exploration of military families' unique culture and needs, exposes deep issues too often missed in the field, and presents philosophies and practices needed to effectively work with them. Counseling Military Families provides a much-needed bridge between the military and therapeutic worlds and makes healing more possible for everyone involved."

Edward Tick, PhD, director of Soldier's Heart, Inc., and author of War and the Soul and Warrior's Return

"I applaud Lynn Hall’s efforts to ensure that all therapists are well-prepared to serve military-connected families. She writes in an engaging, accessible style that will make it easy for readers to learn and understand her important messages."

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, director of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition, by Bret Moore Foreword to the First Edition, by Mary Wertsch Preface Acknowledgements Part 1: Setting the Stage 1. Introduction: Rational and Purpose 2. Military Service Members Part 2: The Military Family 3. The Unique Culture of the Military 4. The Military Family 5. The Children 6. Other Military Families to Consider Part 3: Working with Military Families 7. Major Challenges of Military Families 8. The Transition Journey 9. Effective Interventions 10. Military Family Case Studies. References Appendix A: Organizations and Programs Appendix B: Resources for Kids and Families Appendix C: Resources for Mental Health Providers Appendix D: Military Service Web Sites Appendix E: Glossary of Military Acronyms Appendix F: Military Glossary of Terms Appendix G: Rank and Pay Grade Charts Index

About the Author

Lynn K. Hall, EdD, is a former dean of the College of Social Sciences at the University of Phoenix and a former counselor educator at Western New Mexico University. Before working as a school counselor for the US Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Germany, she had a practice in marriage and family therapy in Tucson, Arizona. She has written and presented extensively about work with the families of military service members.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health