Coming Back Together: A Guide to Successful Reintegration After Your Partner Returns from Military Deployment

Coming Back Together: A Guide to Successful Reintegration After Your Partner Returns from Military Deployment


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When a partner returns from war, you may feel an array of emotions, and as happy as you are for their return, it may be difficult to readjust to life together. In Coming Back Together, a clinical research psychologist presents the first relationship book addressed to the partners of combat veterans who have returned home and are reintegrating back into the relationship and family. The book presents strategies that lead to successful reintegration and relationship improvement that the partner can benefit from even when the combat veteran is a reluctant partner in this process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608829859
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 1,173,467
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Steven L. Sayers, PhD, is associate professor of psychology in the department of psychiatry at Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. At the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center he is director of the Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment. Sayers has published numerous articles regarding the role of family members and other social supports in mental and physical health.

Foreword writer Keith Armstrong, LCSW, is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. He is director of the San Francisco Veterans Administration's (SFVA) Family Therapy Program and the City College of San Francisco Veterans Outreach Program, and is a member of the SFVA's PTSD Clinical Team. In addition, he is a consultant for the Intensive Family Therapy program at the University of California, San Francisco. Armstrong has authored numerous clinical and research articles and chapters addressing the treatment of traumatized individuals and families. He is also a reviewer for the Journal of Traumatic Stress, a top journal in the field of traumatology, and he has conducted numerous radio, newspaper, and podcast interviews on the psychological treatment of veterans and families. He lives with his wife and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

1 The Reunion: Waiting for Your Partner's Return 5

2 When Your Partner First Returns 23

3 Rediscovering Intimacy 39

4 Who Does What? 61

5 Watching 81

6 Making It Work 105

7 Helping Your Partner Redevelop Relationships with the Kids 131

8 Special Challenges and Getting Support 149

9 When Do We Go for Help? 163

References 185

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