Blog posts with the tag "Veteran"

Staff Perspective: Old Wounds, New Insight - Helping our Vietnam Veterans Heal Now

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War. Although more than 40 years has passed since the end of that war, it has become evident that long-term psychological repercussions still linger, impacting both those who served and the nation that sent them. Collectively, the experiences of those who fought have touched our country and been well documented in postwar art, literature and film, yet questions still remain about the specific impact of that war on the individual warrior today.

Staff Perspective: Examining Exposure, Relaxation, and Rescription Therapy (EERT) for Nightmares

ERRT targets physiological, behavioral, cognitive aspects related to the development and maintenance of nightmares through a three-session treatment protocol. Each session is approximately 60 minutes and starts by providing psychoeducation about trauma, nightmares, and sleep hygiene, as well as teaching progressive muscle relaxation. The main emphasis is to provide relevant background information, modify maladaptive sleep habits, and to help patients gain proficiency with relaxation skills, such as progressive muscle relaxation.

Staff Perspective: My Therapist Has a Wet Nose – The State of Research on Animal-Assisted Therapy for Military Clients

If you’re reading this, you’re probably one of those tree-hugging vegans who wants to bring their dog to work every day.  Me too.  Full disclosure: I wrote this blog mostly so I could watch cat videos on company time.  But perhaps you have more noble aspirations, such as understanding the current state of research on animal-assisted therapy for military clients.  A quick Internet search suggests you’re not alone. 

Staff Perspective - Lady Valor: The Kristen Beck Story (2014)

If you are local to the D.C. area, you may have recently read an article in the Washington Post about Kristen Beck. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this name, Kristen Beck is the first transgender Navy Seal to share her story via film. Previously known as Christopher, completing 13 deployments and earning commendations, including a Bronze Star, as well as a Purple Heart, Christopher was a force to be reckoned with. This powerful documentary describes her life as Christopher and how she came to be known as Kristen.