Adaptive Disclosure: A New Treatment for Military Trauma, by Brett T. Litz PhD, Leslie Lebowitz PhD, Matt J. Gray PhD,

By Brett T. Litz PhD, Leslie Lebowitz PhD, Matt J. Gray PhD, William P. Nash M.D.

A entire consultant to an cutting edge, research-based short remedy in particular constructed for provider contributors and veterans, this booklet combines medical knowledge and in-depth wisdom of army tradition. Adaptive disclosure is designed to assist these suffering within the aftermath of anxious war-zone reviews, together with lifestyles chance, aggravating loss, and ethical damage, the violation of heavily held ideals or codes. specific directions are supplied for assessing consumers and offering individualized interventions that combine emotion-focused experiential suggestions with components of cognitive-behavioral remedy (CBT). Reproducible handouts may be downloaded and published in a handy eight 0.5" x eleven" size.

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In this book, we provide extensive information about the military values and culture, and the multidimensional nature and sources of combat stress injuries. Fourth, ultimately, meaning making is an essential change agent in all forms of psychotherapy. We were therefore especially keen to Introduction 11 employ strategies to help service members uncover and clarify the unfolding meaning they ascribe to the experiences that haunt them. Perhaps because of the stoicism reinforced by military identity and training, prior to treatment, many service members have not sufficiently reflected on the meaning and implication of war zone harms, let alone articulated and shared these ideas.

Furthermore, attempts to attribute these actions to the “context of war,” even when appropriate, may ring hollow and/or undermine a therapist’s credibility to a service member steeped in a culture of personal responsibility and moral accountability. Finally, in cognitive therapy, in-session Socratic questioning and homework assignments are used to challenge automatic thoughts about guilt and shame. In the case of moral injury, the patient would be instructed to find evidence to support or refute attribution of culpability and bad character, and so forth.

For many service members and veterans, two of the most important extratherapeutic influences are family and military peer groups, not necessarily in that order. Check Your Own Cultural Prejudices In order for treating professionals to be maximally open to empathically perceiving and appreciating the cultures of service members and veterans in their care, it is helpful for professionals to become aware of their own cultural biases, and their own attitudes, political leanings, and moral feelings about the military, wars, and warfighters.

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