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The psychological well-being of servicemen and women returning from war is one of the most discussed and contemplated mental health issues today. Media programs debate the epidemic of PTSD in returning veterans and the potential fallout of a less-than-adequate veteran mental health system. This public discussion is only a small glimpse into the field of military psychology. One of the most diverse specialties within psychology, it is a sector positioned and equipped to influence such concepts as psychological resilience, consequences of extended family stress, the role of technology in mental healthcare delivery, and how to increase human performance under harsh conditions.

Military Psychologists' Desk Reference is the authoritative guide in the field of military mental health, covering in a clear and concise manner the depth and breadth of this expanding area at a pivotal and relevant time. Moore and Barnett, former military psychologists, bring together the field's top experts to provide concise and targeted reviews of the most salient aspects of military mental health and present the material in an easily digestible manner. Chapters cover important topics such as military culture, working with Special Operations Forces, professional issues and ethical challenges, women in combat, posttraumatic stress, anxiety and sleep disorders, psychologists' involvement in interrogations, and how to build and sustain a resilient Force, to name but a few. Authors consist of a combination of current and former military psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and Chaplains, experts from the Department of Veterans Affairs, prominent academicians, and representatives from other governmental and civilian organizations. This comprehensive resource is a must for every military psychologist, as well as for non-military clinicians, researchers, counselors, social workers, educators, and trainees who increasingly need to be familiar with this specialized area of psychology.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Given the ambitious careers of editors Bret Moore and Jeffrey Barnett, as army psychologists as well as board certified clinicians, researchers, and academicians in their civilian lives, it is not surprising that their book, the first desk reference covering military psychology, is a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the contributions of psychology to military missions and culture. Overall, the book provides convincing evidence that military psychologists and the fundamental principles of psychology will continue to be important factors in the changing landscape of the U.S. military-industrial complex." -Carol Naumann McKarrin, PsycCRITIQUES

"Military Psychologists' Desk Reference is a timely compendium that expands our understanding and appreciation of the complexity of military psychology's past, present, and future. Important themes resonate throughout this volume related to the central role psychologists play in assessing, treating, and consulting to military personnel; the myriad ethical and professional dilemmas associated with working in military settings and ways to effectively manage such challenges; and the proliferation of theory, research, and state-of-the art practice that increasingly can guide psychologists' efforts in a military context. With chapters written by relevant leaders, this volume adds a needed balance to the literature and is destined to become a classic." — Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, Professor and Vice Chair, Emory University School of Medicine, and President (2014), American Psychological Association

"An extraordinarily rigorous and comprehensive book that addresses every aspect of current and expanding duties of military psychologists. It describes where military psychology was, is, and will be. This is a must-read!" — Robert J. Resnick, PhD, ABPP, Randolph-Macon College; Former President, American Psychological Association; and Recipient, Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, Department of Army

"This amazingly comprehensive volume will help both military psychologists and their civilian colleagues get a jump start on any issue likely to come their way in the line of duty. It will quickly become the first 'go to' reference for those serving our troops and their families." — Gerald P. Koocher, PhD, ABPP, Dean, College of Science and Health, DePaul University, Chicago, IL

"The past decade has witnessed a dramatic increase in the employment of military psychologists in support of missions across the full military operational spectrum. As a result, military psychologists can now be found not only in the clinic but in the field as part of mental health assessment teams and care providers. Until now, no single text has documented the wide array of roles psychologists perform as military psychologists in the service to the Nation. This book provides authoritative information on the various roles and responsibilities of military psychologists serving military personnel and their families. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in working as a military psychologist in today's military organization." — Armando X. Estrada, PhD, Editor-in-Chief (2008-2013), Military Psychology, and President (2011), Society for Military Psychology

"As core faculty and the coordinator of the Military Clinical Psychology Track in the Adler School of Professional Psychology's Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program, Drs. Moore and Barnett have crafted a military psychologists' desk reference that significantly enhances my military clinical psychology track curriculum and meets my goal of ensuring that budding student psychologists and those post-doctoral will have an indispensable desk reference at the ready to assist them in their practice. Feedback that I've received from my students thus far include, and I paraphrase: it's accessible and comprehensive; the chapters are concise and filled with essential information only making it a more desirable read; and the cost is absolutely reasonable. Bravo to Moore and Barnett for creating such a comprehensive, meaningful, and useful text for both the classroom and clinical practice. It's certainly one of my favorites!" -Grady L. Garner, Jr., Ph.D., Adler School of Prof. Psychology

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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Practicing psychology in the military requires its own unique set of skills beyond the typical professional training due to varying regulations, differences in procedures, and the distinctive characteristics of the personnel and their mission. This book covers topics likely to be critical for the military psychologist's competence.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a guide for military psychologists to reference as they work in this unique area.
Audience: As might be expected, the target audience is military psychologists and civilian psychologists working in the military. Many of the topics are relevant for any behavioral health specialist working in this setting. The editors are former military psychologists and the contributing authors are currently working in a range of military and defense positions and bring useful knowledge to the task.
Features: The first couple of chapters, an overview and a history, do not provide much in the way of practical advice. Although this is to be expected, the subsequent few chapters also provide information without clear value or practical implementation. They are somewhat idealistic in their description of military culture and values, and not necessarily reflective of contemporary reality. This theme carries throughout much of the book, with simplified or generalized statements substituting for an exploration of the diversity or nuances of the issues. Some chapters are only three pages. The book does cover some good topics, such as the ethics of multiple relationships and resolving conflicts between ethics and military regulations. The discussion about interagency conflict is also relevant, given shared resources in many situations, but none of these issues seem to receive adequate attention. This problem is compounded by the inclusion of chapters that are not at all specific to the military, such as discussions of treatment approaches for anxiety. The chapter references are often minimal, with some numbering fewer than five. This does not appear to be the fault of the authors, as many are well versed in the topics, but rather more of an editorial gaffe, with very limited space to fully explore the issues. The book could have traded its broad scope for comprehensive depth on fewer, more relevant topics.
Assessment: This book has a worthy aim, but falls well short due to its brevity and superficial coverage, which actually may mislead more than guide in some instances. In a similar fashion to the failures of many military-specific books that have been published in psychology, this one offers overarching theoretical concepts, but little in the way of practical application.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199928262
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Bret A. Moore is founder of Military Psychology Consulting and Adjunct Associate Professor in Psychiatry at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Dr. Jeffrey E. Barnett is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Loyola University, Maryland, and a licensed psychologist in independent practice in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Pat DeLeon and Jay M. Stone
About the Editors

Part I: History and Culture

Chapter 1: Early History of Military Mental Health Care
Brian L. Jones

Chapter 2: History of Military Psychology
C. Alan Hopewell

Chapter 3: History of Psychology in the Department of Veterans Affairs
Rodney R. Baker

Chapter 4: Demographics of the U.S. Military
Richard L. Dixon, Jr. and Jean M. Dixon

Chapter 5: Military Culture
Lynn K. Hall

Chapter 6: Personality and Military Service
Michael R. DeVries and Emile Wijnans

Chapter 7: Impact of Military Culture on the Clinician and Clinical Practice
William L. Brim

Part II: Military Psychology Specialties and Programs

Chapter 8: Aeromedical Psychology
Pennie L. P. Hoofman and Wayne Chappelle

Chapter 9: Assessment of Aviators
Pennie L. P. Hoofman and Wayne Chappelle

Chapter 10: Military Neuropsychology
Mark P. Kelly

Chapter 11: Combat Operational Stress and Behavioral Health
Mark C. Russell and Charles R. Figley

Chapter 12: Forensic Psychology in the Military Setting
Paul Montalbano and Michael G. Sweda

Chapter 13: Operational Psychology
Thomas J. Williams

Chapter 14: Working with Special Operations Forces
L. Morgan Banks

Chapter 15: Command and Organizational Consultation
Paul T. Bartone and Gerald P. Krueger

Chapter 16: Human Factors Engineering and Human Performance
Michael D. Matthews

Chapter 17: Clinical Health Psychology in Military Settings
Alan L. Peterson

Chapter 18: Hostage Negotiation in the Military
Laurence Miller

Chapter 19: Mental Health Advisory Teams
A. David Mangelsdorff

Chapter 20: Comprehensive Soldier Fitness
Donna M. Brazil

Part III: Ethical and Professional Issues

Chapter 21: Multiple Relationships in the Military Setting
Jeffrey E. Barnett

Chapter 22: Managing Conflicts between Ethics and Law
W. Brad Johnson

Chapter 23: Mixed-Agency Dilemmas in Military Psychology
W. Brad Johnson

Chapter 24: Professional Education and Training for Psychologists in the Military
Don McGeary and Cindy McGeary

Chapter 25: The Department of Defense Psychopharmacology Demonstration Project
Morgan T. Sammons

Chapter 26: Psychologists on the Frontlines
Craig J. Bryan

Chapter 27: Provision of Mental Health Services by Enlisted Service Members
Richard Schobitz

Chapter 28: Professional Burnout
Charles Benight and Roman Cieslak

Chapter 29: Suicide in the Military
M. David Rudd

Chapter 30: Women in Combat
Dawne Vogt and Amy E. Street

Chapter 31: Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Military Service Members
Matthew C. Porter and Veronica Gutierrez

Chapter 32: Military Psychologists' Roles in Interrogation
Larry C. James and Lewis Pulley

Chapter 33: Interacting with the Media
Nancy A. McGarrah and Diana L. Struski

Chapter 34: Preparation and Training as a Military Psychologist
Peter J. N. Linnerooth and Brock A. McNabb

Chapter 35: The Impact of Leadership on Mental Health
Richard L. Dixon, Jr.

Chapter 36: Training Initiatives for Evidence-Based Psychotherapies
Jeanne M. Gabriele and Judith A. Lyons

Chapter 37: Unique Challenges Faced by the National Guard and Reserve
Michael Crabtree, Elizabeth A. Bennett, and Mary E. Schaffer

Part IV: Clinical Theory, Research, and Practice

Chapter 38: Prevalence of Mental Health Problems among Military Populations
Sherrie L. Wilcox, Kimberly Finney, and Julie Cederbaum

Chapter 39: Challenges and Threats of Deployment
Heidi S. Kraft

Chapter 40: Post Deployment Adjustment
David S. Riggs

Chapter 41: Combat and Operational Stress Control
Kristin N. Williams-Washington and Jared Jackson

Chapter 42: Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Blair E. Wisco, Brian P. Marx, and Terence M. Keane

Chapter 43: Anxiety Disorders and Depression in Military Personnel
Nathan A. Kimbrel and Eric C. Meyer

Chapter 44: Serious Mental Illness in the Military Setting
David F. Tharp and Eric C. Meyer

Chapter 45: Substance Use in the U.S. Active Duty Military
Robert M. Bray

Chapter 46: Substance Use Disorders among Military Personnel
Joseph Westermeyer and Nathan A. Kimbrel

Chapter 47: Traumatic Brain Injury
Melissa M. Amick, Beeta Homaifar, and Jennifer J. Vasterling

Chapter 48: Aggression and Violence
Eric B. Elbogen and Connor Sullivan

Chapter 49: Sleep Loss and Performance
William D. S. Killgore

Chapter 50: Sleep Disorders
Vincent F. Capaldi, II and Melinda C. Capaldi

Chapter 51: Grief, Loss, and War
Kent D. Drescher

Chapter 52: Early Interventions with Military Personnel
Maria M. Steenkamp and Brett T. Litz

Chapter 53: The Psychosocial Aspects and Nature of Killing
Richard J. Hughbank and Dave Grossman

Chapter 54: Military Sexual Trauma
Elizabeth H. Anderson and Alina Surís

Chapter 55: Prescription Opioid Abuse in the Military
Jennifer L. Murphy and Michael E. Clark

Chapter 56: Psychosocial Rehabilitation of Physically and Psychological Wounded
Walter Erich Penk and Dolores Little

Chapter 57:Working with Military Children
Michelle D. Sherman and Jeanne S. Hoffman

Chapter 58: Impact of Psychiatric Disorders and Psychotropic Medications on Retention and Deployment
David S Shearer and Colette M Candy

Chapter 59: Technology Applications in Delivering Mental Health Services
Greg M. Reger

Chapter 60: What We have Learned from Former Prisoners of War
Brian Engdahl

Chapter 61: Clinical Research in the Military
Stacey Young-McCaughan

Chapter 62: Measuring Resilience and Growth
Lynda A. King and Daniel W. King

Chapter 63: Transitioning through the Deployment Cycle
Sherrie L. Wilcox and Michael G. Rank

Chapter 64: Aging Veterans
Avron Spiro III and Michele Karel

Chapter 65: Spiritual Resiliency in the Military Setting
William Sean Lee and Willie G. Barnes

Chapter 66: Posttraumatic Growth
Richard G. Tedeschi

Chapter 67: Ways to Bolster Resilience across the Deployment Cycle
Donald Meichenbaum

Part V: Resources

Chapter 68: Common Military Abbreviations
Bret A. Moore

Chapter 69: Comparative Military Ranks
Bret A. Moore


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