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A Life Skills, Community-Based Approach for Helping Returning Service Members and Their Families

Steven J. Danish

in The Oxford Handbook of Prevention in Counseling Psychology

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396423
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195396423.013.0025

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 A Life Skills, Community-Based Approach for Helping Returning Service Members and Their Families

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Abstract Veterans who experience a variety of stressors without accompanying psychopathology generally feel misunderstood and separate from both their families and communities, as well as from the VA system of care. The purpose of this chapter is fourfold. First, I will describe the development of a strength-based framework that serves as the basis for our approach to communities and people. Second, I will explain how this framework came to be used with service members and their families. Third, I will provide an example of how an individual without military experience is able to involve himself in military issues using a community-based approach. Fourth, I will detail several community-based programs that employ the strength-based framework I have adopted with the military. My hope is that counseling psychologists will realize how their training and philosophy can have a positive impact with a population that can benefit from our perspective.

Keywords: Military Veterans; Wellness Promotion; Community Resources.

Article.  11561 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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