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Effective Social Work Practice With Military, Veterans, And Their Families, Katherine Boyer Jan 2018

Effective Social Work Practice With Military, Veterans, And Their Families, Katherine Boyer

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This study explores if licensed practicing social workers in the state of Minnesota perceive themselves as competent to work effectively with military, veterans, and their families. A qualitative survey was emailed by Minnesota Social Services Association to their members. A total of eight participants responded to the survey. Each of these participants indicated that he or she worked directly with a military-connected client the military. Content analysis was conducted and two themes were found. The majority of participants described not feeling prepared to work with this population and indicated a desire for more education. One of the limitations of this ...


Posttraumatic Growth In United States Military Veterans, Angela Cox Jan 2017

Posttraumatic Growth In United States Military Veterans, Angela Cox

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PTSD’s prevalence in U.S. military veterans requires a greater understanding of the disorder as well as knowledge of the concept of PTG. PTG has been described as a positive outcome from a traumatic experience (Tedeschi & Calhoun, 1996). Research on PTG found that veterans that were married, had strong social support, identified as being a minority, and participated in various trauma-related therapies reported higher levels of PTG. The purpose of this systematic review was to determine the contributing factors of PTG in U.S. military veterans. Knowledge of the contributing factors, signs, and facilitation of PTG is important in ...


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Veterans Experiencing Insomnia: A Systematic Review, Dustin Cobb Jan 2017

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Veterans Experiencing Insomnia: A Systematic Review, Dustin Cobb

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In this systematic literature review, research regarding veterans experiencing insomnia and the utilization of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia as an effective treatment modality were synthesized. Using the sociology research database SocINDEX; nine studies examining the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a treatment option for insomnia and insomnia related symptoms met criteria for the review. The Behavioral Model of Insomnia was used as the conceptual framework for this review. This framework was utilized to explore Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as an effective means of treating veterans experiencing insomnia. Studies included in this systematic review produced these findings: improvements in sleep ...


Family Functioning And Secondary Traumatic Stress In Military Families: A Qualitative Study, Karlie Gams Jan 2017

Family Functioning And Secondary Traumatic Stress In Military Families: A Qualitative Study, Karlie Gams

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The purpose of this study was to explore secondary traumatic stress and family functioning in military families. Six licensed mental health professionals, including social workers and a marriage and family therapist with experience working directly with military families participated in this study. Using a qualitative design, participants were interviewed regarding their experience working with these families. Five themes emerged from the data including: (1) strength of communication within the family can impact functioning; (2) the non-veteran parent often takes on various aspect in the role of both parents; (3) children often present secondary traumatic stress symptoms outside of the home ...


Group Cognitive Processing Therapy For Veterans Experiencing Trauma: A Systematic Review, Rachel Kouba Jan 2017

Group Cognitive Processing Therapy For Veterans Experiencing Trauma: A Systematic Review, Rachel Kouba

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This systematic review examined the literature regarding veterans experiencing PTSD and the use of group Cognitive Processing Therapy as an intervention. Two databases, PILOTS and socINDEX, were used to identify the 10 best studies that met criteria for this review. The 10 studies were analyzed and findings for this study supported group Cognitive Processing Therapy in reducing symptoms of PTSD for veterans. Furthermore, this study compared findings from studies done in residential PTSD programs compared to non-residential programs. Initial findings show residential treatment programs seeing more improvements and reduction in PTSD than those in non-residential treatment programs. The limitations and ...


Moral Injury – The Lesser-Known Reality For Veterans: A Systematic Review, Ryan Normandin Jan 2017

Moral Injury – The Lesser-Known Reality For Veterans: A Systematic Review, Ryan Normandin

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This research paper focuses on moral injury, which is a lesser-known psychological problem that veterans face. Veterans face several challenges when they return home from deployment. These challenges are associated generally with combat experiences. Experiences such as roadside bombs, failures of leadership, deaths of fellow service members, the killing of others, friendly fire, and other transgressive acts all contribute to the challenges that veterans face. These experiences can and often do violate our beliefs; our sense of right versus wrong; good versus evil; what it means to be a member of the United States military, etc. These violations can lead ...


Treating Trauma Among Veterans Using Complementary And Alternative Medicine: A Systematic Review, Brianne Wallgren Jan 2017

Treating Trauma Among Veterans Using Complementary And Alternative Medicine: A Systematic Review, Brianne Wallgren

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In this systematic review, literature and empirical intervention studies pertaining to the treatment of trauma among veterans using a Complementary and Alternative Medicine was analyzed. Using two databases, PsycINFO and PILOTS, 10 studies were located and key data was identified on theoretical foundations, therapy components, populations being served, as well as outcomes of interventions treating trauma among veterans via Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Each study was analyzed in full, to determine types of Complementary and Alternative Medicine interventions as well as results of the interventions utilized. The findings produced two major themes of Complementary and Alternative Medicine research treating trauma ...


The Effectiveness Of Cognitive Processing Therapy (Cpt) In The Treatment Of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Ptsd) Among Veterans Who Have Experienced Military Sexual Trauma, Nicole Humble Jan 2016

The Effectiveness Of Cognitive Processing Therapy (Cpt) In The Treatment Of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Ptsd) Among Veterans Who Have Experienced Military Sexual Trauma, Nicole Humble

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Military sexual trauma is a growing problem in the United States military. With the integration of women in the infantry units in all military branches it is even more of a concern. Military sexual trauma though does not happen to only women. The purpose of this research project was to take a known evidence based therapy used by the Veterans Health Administration Department of Veterans Affairs, and see if it is effective in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder in military sexual trauma victims. The VA uses many evidence-based therapies from Prolonged Exposure, cognitive behavior therapy, EMDR, and also ...


Posttraumatic Outcomes Among Veterans: The Predictive Role Of Exposure To Interpersonal Trauma, Mariah Rooney O'Brien Jan 2016

Posttraumatic Outcomes Among Veterans: The Predictive Role Of Exposure To Interpersonal Trauma, Mariah Rooney O'Brien

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The purpose of this study was to better understand how historical experiences of interpersonal trauma may predict posttraumatic stress symptoms and posttraumatic growth (PTG) among combat veterans who have served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF, 2001-2014) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF, 2002-2010). A better understanding of the full spectrum of experience related to trauma may have profound implications for treatment, particularly in aiding social workers in the treatment of posttraumatic stress symptoms and the facilitation of posttraumatic growth in treatment-seeking veterans. This quantitative study used secondary data (n = 110), which was collected between 2005 and 2007 from a sample of ...


Differences In Hospice Care Between Veterans And Non-Veterans, Tonia Smith Jan 2015

Differences In Hospice Care Between Veterans And Non-Veterans, Tonia Smith

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The differences in hospice care needs between United States veterans and non-veterans was explored using a systematic review research methodology that consisted of 18 articles. After a review of previous research studies, it was found that veterans tended to want their healthcare providers to be more open and to the point about their diagnosis than non-veterans did. Both non-veterans and veterans wanted to be in control of their end of life cares. Non-veterans were more likely to want their family and friends around compared to veterans who were less likely to want people around. Veterans who had post-traumatic stress disorder ...


Needs Of Veterans Transitioning Out Of Homelessness, Christa Reader Jan 2015

Needs Of Veterans Transitioning Out Of Homelessness, Christa Reader

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With the current national initiative to end veteran homeless by the end of 2015, there are growing numbers of homeless veterans moving into housing. This study sought to explore their needs and experiences during their transition into housing. Data collected for this study consisted of six semi-structured interviews with social workers and case managers working with homeless veterans in housing programs. Four dominant themes were identified as (1) the benefit of having a case manager for support and guidance; (2) housing provides a stable base to work on goals and plan for the future; (3) substance use, mental health, and ...


A Systematic Review Of Cognitive Processing Therapy And Prolonged Exposure With Veterans, Lauren Bares Jan 2015

A Systematic Review Of Cognitive Processing Therapy And Prolonged Exposure With Veterans, Lauren Bares

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The purpose of this systematic review was to identify the effectiveness of Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure in reducing PTSD symptomology in United States military veterans. The present research study attempted to identify individual factors that may lead to a more effective treatment outcome with one of the two therapies that are frequently utilized in the Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Thirteen studies met inclusion criteria for the present study. The findings demonstrated both Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure are effective in reducing PTSD symptomology in veterans. Only one study directly compared the two therapies, and Prolonged Exposure ...


Deployment Issues For Women Veterans And Their Children, Alea J. Johnson Jan 2014

Deployment Issues For Women Veterans And Their Children, Alea J. Johnson

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Deployment creates unique experiences and issues for women veterans and their children. Although each family has their own understanding of deployment, examining common issues throughout families may inform future practice with military families. For this research the deployment issues that are present for women veterans and their children were examined. A secondary data analysis analyzed eight participants (n=8) and their children who had discussions regarding non-deployment and deployment issues in addition to completing problem solving tasks. This study found that deployment issues for these families were sadness about the deployed parent being gone, talking about deployment, communicating during deployment ...


Veteran's Psychosocial Needs: How Higher Education Gets Impacted, Heather K. Schmidt Jan 2014

Veteran's Psychosocial Needs: How Higher Education Gets Impacted, Heather K. Schmidt

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The purpose of this study was to identify if institutions of higher learning were able to address the psychosocial needs of veteran students upon reintegration. This quantitative study asked the University of St. Thomas's (UST) students to take part in an exploratory survey. Data was collected by sending out an anonymous survey via email where respondents (N=37) were requested to answer 11 questions in regards to their experience at UST and reintegrating into an institution of higher learning after military involvement. Findings showed veteran students attending UST feel their expectations have been met in an institution for higher ...


Evaluating A Mind-Body Approach For Military Veterans With Chronic Pain, Leah M. Martin Jan 2013

Evaluating A Mind-Body Approach For Military Veterans With Chronic Pain, Leah M. Martin

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The primary goal of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an eight-week Mind-Body Pain Management group at a VA Health Care System in the Midwest. The Mind-Body Pain Management group is offered to Veterans who exhibit symptoms of chronic physical pain. Effectiveness was determined by examining Veterans’ pretest, posttest, and follow-up responses to the Quality of Life Inventory (QOLI), Pain Rating Scale, and the VA Pain Outcomes Questionnaire (VA-POQ). A secondary objective of this study was to investigate potential relationships between Veterans’ demographic information (gender, age, combat history, and service-connected disability status), as well as access to prescription ...


The Effectiveness Of Ptsd Treatment On Symptoms Of Ptsd And Depression In Military Veterans, Kylene E. Occhietti Jan 2012

The Effectiveness Of Ptsd Treatment On Symptoms Of Ptsd And Depression In Military Veterans, Kylene E. Occhietti

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The military veteran population has received national attention for the struggles some of its members have had with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Currently, PTSD is treated within the VA using a number of pharmacologic and/or psychotherapeutic interventions in residential and outpatient settings. The purpose of this research project was to learn more about PTSD treatment by conducting a program evaluation of therapies offered in a VA PTSD program. A non-probability sample of 124 veterans who participated in a VA residential PTSD program in the mid-western United States between 2006 and 2009 was used to determine the effectiveness of Cognitive ...