Couple-Based Interventions for Military and Veteran Families: A Practitioner's Guide

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Presenting couple-based interventions uniquely tailored to the mental health needs of military and veteran couples and families, this book is current, practical, and authoritative. Chapters describe evidence-based interventions for specific disorders — such as posttraumatic stress, depression, and substance abuse — and related clinical challenges, including physical aggression, infidelity, bereavement, and parenting concerns. Clear guidelines for assessment and treatment are illustrated with helpful case examples; 18 reproducible handouts can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size. The book also provides essential knowledge on the culture of military families and the normative transitions and adjustments they face.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This volume is a 'must have' for the bookshelf of anyone who works with military couples (or who is interested in working with them). Top scholars in the field focus on practical applications of evidence-based treatments for veterans and their significant others."--Andrew Christensen, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

"Finally--this is the book we psychotherapists have been waiting for. Snyder and Monson, and their star-studded cast of contributors, provide us with the most effective couple and family interventions for common problems of active duty military personnel and veterans. Both partners in a military marriage sacrifice for their country, both partners deserve our respect, and both deserve the support and guidance that enhances their resilience--individually, as a couple, and for their family."--Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, The Dr. Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families and Health, and Director, Institute for the Family, University of Rochester Medical Center

"Perhaps the greatest tragedy of our time is the enduring psychological consequences of combat for millions of military personnel around the world. Unfortunately, most of the evidence-based treatments that are being disseminated ignore the family and social contexts where problems play out. Snyder and Monson have made a crucial contribution with this much-needed treatment resource, which not only presents state-of-the-art couple-based interventions for service members and veterans, but also 'socializes' the therapist to the military milieu."--David H. Barlow, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Boston University, and Founder and Director Emeritus, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders

"Snyder and Monson have assembled some of the world’s leading authorities on couple-based interventions to target an area of growing importance. This book is a much-needed first of its kind, offering not only a coherent theoretical foundation, but also practical, evidence-based interventions for frequently encountered clinical problems. The seamless integration of theory, empirical support, and practice recommendations makes this an ideal resource and training tool for the full spectrum of mental health professionals who work with active duty military personnel, veterans, and their families. I thank and congratulate the editors for providing leadership in this essential area of clinical practice."--M. David Rudd, PhD, ABPP, Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Science, and Scientific Director, National Center for Veterans Studies, University of Utah

"Clinical practice with military personnel and veterans transitioning from war to home has advanced significantly since I published my first empirically based paper on PTSD 30 years ago. The editors and contributors to this remarkable book are among those who have helped us go beyond treating symptoms to nurture and improve family relationships. They do a superb job of presenting theory and research and showing its everyday relevance for treating war- and combat-related problems. The book is exceptionally well planned and consistently organized. I highly recommend it for use in graduate school and postdoctoral training, and especially for practicing clinicians who care for those who have borne the battle. Truly a gift to the field."--Walter E. Penk, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Texas A&M College of Medicine

"Kudos to Snyder and Monson for producing the definitive handbook on couple-based interventions for military and veteran families. The volume offers the best integration of practice, research, and theory that I have seen in the past decade. Practitioners will love the hands-on explication of best-practice treatments, replete with handouts. Theoreticians and researchers will also appreciate the careful attention to understanding the military culture; theory-driven research; and evidence-based practice. The volume makes a compelling case for integrating couple-based interventions into service settings that historically have emphasized individual treatment. A major contribution!"--Douglas H. Sprenkle, PhD, Director, Doctoral Program in Family Therapy, Purdue University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462505401
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/13/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 345
  • Sales rank: 973,246
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas K. Snyder, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at Texas A&M University. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Research Contribution Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Family Psychology from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Snyder has served as Editor of the Clinician's Research Digest and as Associate Editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and the Journal of Family Psychology. His research and publications focus on couple- and family-based interventions.

Candice M. Monson, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at Ryerson University in Toronto. She is also an Affiliate of the Women's Health Sciences Division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, where she previously served as Deputy Director. Dr. Monson's research focuses on intimate relationships and traumatic stress and the use of conjoint therapy to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She has published extensively on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of PTSD treatments more generally, as well as gender differences in violence perpetration and victimization.

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Table of Contents

I. Empirical and Conceptual Foundations
1. Couple-Based Interventions for Military and Veteran Families: Evidence and Rationale, Candice M. Monson and Douglas K. Snyder
2. Understanding the Effects of Military Life and Deployment on Couples and Families, James A. Martin and Michelle D. Sherman
3. A Framework for Accessing Resources for Military and Veteran Couples and Families, Laurie B. Slone, Matthew J. Friedman, and Barbara Thompson
4. Transitioning to and from Deployment, Kevin S. Beasley, Shelley M. MacDermid Wadsworth, and June Behn Watts
II. Evidence-Based Interventions
5. Enhancing Parenting in Military and Veteran Families, Ellen R. DeVoe, Ruth Paris, and Abigail Ross
6. Infidelity and Other Relationship Betrayals, Douglas K. Snyder, Donald H. Baucom, Kristina Coop Gordon, and Brian D. Doss
7. Intimate Partner Violence, Richard E. Heyman, Casey T. Taft, Jamie M. Howard, Alexandra Macdonald, and Pamela S. Collins
8. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Its Comorbidities, Candice M. Monson, Steffany J. Fredman, and David S. Riggs
9. Depression, Mark A. Whisman and Steven L. Sayers
10. Substance Use Disorders, Jeremiah A. Schumm and Timothy J. O’Farrell
11. Combat-Related Traumatic Brain Injury, Shirley M. Glynn
12. Grief and Loss, David M. Scheider, Lance Sneath, and Thomas C. Waynick
III. Integration and Implications
13. Integration and Implications for Clinical Practice and Research, Douglas K. Snyder and Candice M. Monson
APPENDICES, Philippe Shnaider, Valerie Vorstenbosch, and Sonya G. Wanklyn
Appendix A. Resources for Military and Veteran Couples and Families
Appendix B. United States Military Ranks
Appendix C. Military Structure and Unit Sizes
Appendix D. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Organizational Structure Appendix E. Common Terms and Abbreviations

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