Counseling Military Families: What Mental Health by Lynn K. Hall

By Lynn K. Hall

How does the army fairly paintings? What concerns are constants for army households, and what distinct stresses do they face? Counseling army Families offers the easiest to be had evaluation of army existence, together with demographic info and examples of army kin concerns. Chapters concentrate on very important matters resembling the original situations of reservists, occupation provider team of workers, spouses, and youngsters, and current remedy versions and designated interventions adapted to be used with army households. Counseling army Families presents clinicians with the instruments they should make a distinction within the lives of households in transition, together with those that can have an ingrained resistance to requesting aid and who should be to be had for counseling for a comparatively brief interval of time.

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The consequence, as a therapist in San Diego pointed out, is that the military often distrusts military counselors. He gave the example of a naval officer client who stated, “You can be depressed while in command of an aircraft carrier but you will be relieved of command if you seek treatment for the depression” (Butler, personal communication, October 6, 2006). There are many reasons for this stigma, which will be addressed a number of times throughout the book, but the most important thing is to understand that it is real and has to be explicitly acknowledged in counseling.

7. Support the limits of self-determination that is inherent to the military. Understand that the ability to adjust and cope may depend on the family developmental stage and the level of commitment to the military. 8. Advocate for prevention and intervention without the stigma by normalizing and facilitating the use of social services as a form of self-reliance and self-sufficiency. Know and use the military resources that are available. Advocate for Change Although I chose to address the third characteristic of developing appropriate, relevant, and sensitive strategies for working with culturally diverse clients in the third section of this book, I have included an additional recommendation here, which I believe is also the responsibility of a culturally competent counselor.

Over one third of the total active duty military are minority (492,735), an increase from 9% in the officer rank in 1990 to over 22% in 2005 and an increase from just over 28% of the enlisted military in 1990 to over 38% in 2005. 6 years. 1 years. Over 86% of the officers have at least a bachelor’s degree; fewer than 5% of enlisted have a college degree, even though almost 95% have at least a high school education. The 2005 Demographics Report (Military Family Research Institute, 2006) shows that over 54% of the military force is married, 70% of officers and almost 52% of enlisted.

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