1st Edition

First-Line Clinical Approaches with Active Duty Service Members and Veterans

Edited By Ronn Johnson Copyright 2024
    230 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    230 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers a culturally responsive and empirically based approach to working with active-duty service members, veterans, and their families.

    It examines the assessment and evidenced-based treatment of sexual trauma, alcohol and substance abuse, depression, insomnia, intimacy issues, and OCD in service members and veterans and the major ethical and clinical challenges for licensed independent providers. The chapters are written by distinguished scholars and experienced healthcare providers who deliver health-focused interventions and integrate relevant cross-cultural factors for working with diverse patients.

    Loaded with clinical examples and up-to-date research, this book is essential for all mental health professionals working or in training to serve military personnel or veterans in the United States.


    Chapter 1

    Clinical Perspectives on the Delivery of Psychological Health Services to Diverse Active-Duty Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families

    Ronn Johnson

    Chapter 2

    Culturally Responsive Psychological Treatment for Military Sexual Trauma

    Kari A. Weiterschan and Vanessa Tirone

    Chapter 3

    Culturally Responsive Approaches for LGBT+ Active-Duty Service Members and Veterans

    Natasha A. Schvey, Shannon L. Exley, and Arielle T. Pearlman

    Chapter 4

    Assessment and Treatment of Intimacy Issues and Sexual Disorders in Active-Duty Service Members and Veterans

    Chandra E. Khalifian, Katerine T. Rashkovsky, and Kayla Knopp

    Chapter 5

    Evidence-Based Practices for Psychotherapy with Active-Duty Service Members and Veterans

    Maria C. Crouch, Jennifer M. Loya, and Joan M. Cook

    Chapter 6

    Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services for Active-Duty Service Members and Veterans

    Jeremiah A. Schumm, Anthony R. Kelemen, and Lily K. Taplin

    Chapter 7

    Cannabis Use Disorder in Active-Duty Service Members and Veterans

    Anthony H. Ecker, Julianna Hogan, Jennifer L. Bryan, and Katharine L. Thomas

    Chapter 8

    Treating Nightmares, Sleep, and Insomnia Disturbances in Active-Duty Service Members and Veterans

    Elaine Boland and Katharine E. Miller

    Chapter 9

    Couples Therapy with Active-Duty Service Members and Veterans

    Amber M. Jarnecke, Jessica H. Kansky, Karen Petty, and Jenna B. Teves

    Chapter 10

    Family Therapy with Active-Duty Service Members and Veterans

    Angela L. Lamson, Florence J. Lewis, Natalie M. Richardson, and Krysttel C. Stryczek

    Chapter 11

    Treating Depression and Persistent Depressive Disorders in Active-Duty Service Members and Veterans

    Alan L. Peterson, Chelsea J. Sterne, Anthony A. Cesare, and Brittany Hall-Clark

    Chapter 12

    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Related Disorders in Active-Duty Service Members and Veterans

    Nathaniel Van Kirk, Rose Luehrs, and Elizabeth McIngvale

    Chapter 13

    Psychotherapy Training of Predoctoral Psychology Interns, Postdocs, and Psychiatric Residents

    Kathryne S. Marinchak,  Suzanne Spinola, and Howard R. Steinberg




    Ronn Johnson, Ph.D., ABPP, is a tenured full professor and Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Creighton University School of Medicine, Nebraska, USA. He is also Director of Team-Based Care in the Department of Family Medicine at the Creighton Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Previously, he was the lead clinical psychologist at the mental health clinic at the Nebraska-Western VA Healthcare System (NWI) and has worked in several VAs and active-duty military stations. Dr. Johnson is board certified in Group and Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

     ‘Dr. Johnson’s compilation offers both breadth and depth to any reader interested in mental health for active-duty service members, veterans, and their families. Their unique symptom landscape and related evidence-based treatments are explained with a cultural competence that only becomes more essential as the military population keeps growing in diversity. I highly recommend this book to anyone who works with veterans. It is a valuable resource that will help you provide effective and culturally responsive care as well as support others in doing so.’

    Dr. Daniel Levinson, Licensed psychologist serving veterans, USA

    ‘This book is a cogent and comprehensive examination of the clinical mental health issues experienced by diverse active-duty service members and veterans. Practitioners and researchers working with these populations will gain considerable insight from the work of Dr Johnson and the experts assembled to craft this culturally responsive clinical resource. The integration of empirically-based practices along with cultural factors is very timely. The dual focus on the military and veterans is quite instructive. I strongly recommend this book to anyone working with military or veteran clinical populations.’

    Dr. R. Lee Brown, Chief Executive Director of Risks & Crisis Solutions, San Diego State University-Homeland Security Department, USA