Treating PTSD in Military Personnel: A Clinical Handbook

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Overview

This practical volume covers the full range of effective treatments for PTSD and discusses their implementation with service members and veterans. The focus is on how to meet this population's unique needs. From conducting a thorough assessment to choosing an appropriate psychosocial or pharmacological treatment, the expert editors and contributors provide guidance based on years of experience in military contexts. The norms and values of military culture are discussed. Chapters thoroughly describe available therapies, review their strengths and limitations, and use illustrative case examples to demonstrate the treatments in action. Also addressed are clinical issues and co-occurring problems that can arise in this population, such as traumatic brain injury and substance abuse, and strategies for dealing with them.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"From leaders in the field, this is one of the most comprehensive books available on PTSD. It covers all the major treatment approaches, as well as associated clinical issues, and is the first volume to apply this amazingly useful knowledge to the specific needs of Service Members and Veterans. Case vignettes bring each treatment approach to life. This is a 'must read' for anyone working with the military or with PTSD patients more broadly, and will give students preparing to intern in a VA hospital the cultural competence needed to work within the military culture. I am grateful for the publication of this gem of a book."--Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, PhD, ABPP, Director, Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program, Emory University School of Medicine

"While the treatment of PTSD in combat veterans is still evolving, this book provides an impressive review of the most thoroughly studied psychological treatments. Synthesizing two decades' worth of research, the volume offers clinicians valuable information. Of equal importance, it offers hope that even more progress will be made in addressing this often chronic condition."--Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, Medical Director, The Trauma Center; Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

"The book is very clearly written and offers straightforward explanations of important scientific concepts. It features vital information to guide evaluation, diagnostic assessment, and decision making about clinical care for service members and veterans with PTSD. The book comes at a very appropriate time. I believe it will quickly become an essential item in the clinical arsenal of mental health professionals who interact with service members and veterans."--Alexander Neumeister, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

"The mental health community can help pay the debt of gratitude owed to service members and veterans by providing consensus best practices in an ecologically valid and culturally aware manner. This requires both a rigorous application of evidence-based assessment and treatment approaches and a steadfast appreciation of the military ethos and the unique biological, behavioral, cognitive, and spiritual impact of combat and operational stress and trauma. In this excellent and timely book, Moore and Penk have assembled experts who provide state-of-the-art strategies for helping service members and veterans recover from the psychic wounds of war."--Brett T. Litz, PhD, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, Boston University; Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiological Research and Information Center, VA Boston Healthcare System
 

International Journal of Emergency Mental Health

"A comprehensive, practical resource for clinicians and others who treat military personnel....I highly recommend this book to mental health professionals, chaplains, and health care providers who may work with the military. It may also be of interest to military members and their families, and treatment providers who are new to the VA system."--International Journal of Emergency Mental Health
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609186357
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/26/2011
  • Pages: 382
  • Sales rank: 302,973
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bret A. Moore, PsyD, ABPP, is founder of Military Psychology Consulting and a board-certified clinical psychologist in San Antonio, Texas. He is a former active-duty Army psychologist and two-tour veteran of Iraq. Dr. Moore is coauthor or coeditor of a number of books on military psychotherapy and counseling and on pharmacotherapy for psychologists. He is a recipient of the Arthur W. Melton Award for Early Career Achievement in Military Psychology from Division 19 of the American Psychological Association and the Early Career Achievement Award from Division 18, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
 
Walter E. Penk, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Texas A&M College of Medicine and consultant to the Veterans Health Administration’s VISN 17 VA Center of Excellence in Stress Disorders Research and VA Rehabilitation Research and Development in Washington, DC. Dr. Penk's research and more than 135 publications focus on validating treatments for co-occurring PTSD, addictions, and other mental disorders. He is a recipient of a Presidential Citation, the Division 18 Harold Hildreth Award from the American Psychological Association, a VA Distinguished Career Award, and recognition from the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: PTSD in the Military, Bret A. Moore and Walter E. Penk
I. Treatment Approaches for PTSD in Military Personnel
1. Understanding and Working within the Military Culture, Bret A. Moore
2. Issues in Assessment of PTSD in Military Personnel, Frank Castro, Jasmeet P. Hayes, and Terence M. Keane
3. Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Alan L. Peterson, Edna B. Foa, and David S. Riggs
4. Cognitive Processing Therapy, Amy M. Williams, Tara E. Galovski, Karen A. Kattar, and Patricia A. Resick
5. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Mark C. Russell, Howard Lipke, and Charles Figley
6. Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy, Greg M. Reger and Kevin M. Holloway
7. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Harold Kudler
8. Group Therapy, David W. Foy, Kent D. Drescher, Patricia J. Watson, and Iya Ritchie
9. Couple and Family Therapy, Danielle J. Maack, Judith A. Lyons, Kevin M. Connolly, and Michael Ritter
10. Psychopharmacological Treatment, William M. Sauvé and Stephen M. Stahl
11. Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Walter E. Penk, Dolores Little, and Nathan Ainspan
II. Specific Clinical Issues Associated with PTSD
12. Co-Occurring Affective and Anxiety Disorders, Eric C. Meyer, Nathan A. Kimbrel, Matthew T. Tull, and Sandra B. Morissette
13. Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders, Marc I. Kruse, Laurie E. Steffen, Nathan A. Kimbrel, and Suzy Bird Gulliver
14. Traumatic Brain Injury, Jennifer J. Vasterling, Mieke Verfaellie, and Susan M. McGlynn
15. Sexual Assault in the Military, Alina M. Surís and Julia C. Smith
16. Sleep Disorders, William L. Brim and David S. Riggs
17. Managing the Service Member with Suicidal Ideation, Nancy A. Skopp, David D. Luxton, Nigel Bush, and M. David Rudd
18. Anger, Aggression, and Violence, Eric B. Elbogen, Sally C. Johnson, and Jean C. Beckham
19. Resiliency Building as a Means to Prevent PTSD and Related Adjustment Problems in Military Personnel, Donald Meichenbaum
Appendices. Resources
Appendix A. Recommendations for Gaining Military Cultural and Clinical Competence
Appendix B. Military Organizations and ProgramsAppendix C. Select Common Military Abbreviations

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