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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is a timely workbook for returning veterans who must suddenly adapt to a less stressful, less violent everyday life stateside.
Purpose: The clear purpose is to help returning soldiers transitioning from a war zone to civilian life with what to expect and provide strategies for coping with everyday problems.
Audience: Although designed for veterans who have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom, it is easy to see how veterans of past wars and conflicts would benefit greatly from this workbook. The authors have more than 20 years of experience in working with veterans, which is demonstrated by the high caliber of this publication.
Features: The standout feature of the workbook is its ease of use. I liked the ability to cover certain chapters depending on the presentation and need of the client. Notably, chapters on dealing with anger, improving sleep, and reintegrating with family and friends are terrific. The chapter quizzes are a wonderful way to continually engage the client as well as provide a base for further discussion with the therapist. The stress management handouts and the veteran resource guides will be well received.
Assessment: I am always impressed when authors write workbooks not only based on the need of the field but also with clients in mind. This is a timely addition to the field written for the needs of our veterans and returning soldiers.