Working with Veterans with PTSD is an intense experience where all focus can be on helping alleviate the Veteran's symptoms. What can sometimes get lost in this process is how the Veteran's family and relationships are surviving. PTSD does not happen in a bubble and can have very harsh impacts on relationships. These relationships will be changed even in the best case scenarios. On the flip side, aspects of close relationships will impact how the Veteran's PTSD symptoms are experienced. Following is a review of a recent research article which develops a multi-dimentional model of how relationship qualities can both be impacted by and affect the experience of PTSD.
Blog posts with the tag "Military Families"
The CDP's weekly research update contains the latest news, journal articles and useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include:
● Health & Social Work Special Issue: Service Members, Veterans and Their Families
● Military Parent Custody and Visitation (National Conference of State Legislatures)
● Suicide and Military Families: A Report on the Feasibility of Tracking Deaths by Suicide among Military Family Members
Dr. Marjorie Weinstock is the Lead, Military Families & CBT for Depression at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. This week I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to sit down with her to discuss her background and ask her a variety of questions about military life and its impact on families.
While working on a recent project about military families, I ran across the book Serving Military Families in the 21st Century. Published in April, 2012, this recent text is chock-full of information about working with military families, covering topics that range from military culture to the effects of war on Service Members and their families. The book is co-authored by five subject matter experts and purports to serve as an “introduction to military families and the effects of military service on adults, their relationships, and their children” (p.xi). With its emphasis on both recent research and first-hand experiences, I found it does exactly that. I think it would be a great resource for anyone interested in working with military families.