Counselors may feel unequipped to address the personal, spiritual and trauma needs of veterans at end-of-life, but must develop fluidity, adaptability and courage for these important final conversations. Research on this topic has largely been conducted in the medical community, but counselors play a significant role in supporting veterans in making peaceful transitions from life to death. This presentation draws on interviews with over 80 veterans to identify insight and knowledge about their end-of-life needs.
Identify the specific military culture considerations for counseling combat veterans.
Describe the clinical implications of the war/conflict and time period in which the veteran served.
List specific techniques for compassionately meeting the needs of combat veterans at end-of-life
Why did you write the book and what does it offer?
Why should counselors be concerned with distinctions/differences between military families vs. civilian families?
Why do people join the military and who joins?
What are some of the basic cultural issues that all counselors should know or understand about military families?
How is the military different now (as a volunteer force) than in the past when it was required service?
How do counselors in different settings (i.e. private practice, VA, schools, etc) use this information?
What are the "typical" transition stages that families go through when a service member is deployed or gone for long term training?
What are a few distinct issues for military spouses and military dependents?
When I was working with military families overseas, I noticed soldiers felt a stigma would be attached to them if they sought counseling and that it would somehow affect their ability to move up in the ranks.
What are your thoughts regarding this perceived stigma?
We often talk about concerns/issues that cause stress with military families – but what are the positives, the strengths of military life for families?
ACA now has 50,000 members, many of them are clinical counselors who will be listening to this podcast, is there anything I have not asked you that you want our members to know?
Summarize the basic tenets of Counseling Military Families
Determine the importance of developing specific techniques for counseling military families
*Counselors requiring New York State approval must contact ACA upon completion to obtain customized CE certificate
The focus of this webinar is to provide clinicians in the field an overview of the military and its culture, which will create a better understanding of this population’s needs and how counselors can best serve them.
Objectives: Objectives include:
To identify and increase knowledge about veterans and military service members, both as a demographic and as a protected class.
To broaden understanding about the military experience and culture and its lasting impact on veterans as they transition back to civilian.
To identify opportunities and ways we, in the mental health community, can support our service members and their families.
Following up on a presentation at the 2017 ACA Annual Conference and Expo, this educational session will provide attendees with contextually informed strategies for working with and advocating for trans- military service members and veterans during an uncertain time. In 2016 the Pentagon ended the ban on trans-people serving openly in the U.S. military—yet recent moves by the Trump Administration leave trans-service members feeling uncertain and fearful about their future. All counselors must be prepared for those service members, in the face of this uncertainty, to continue to seek services outside of the military. The authors will review background information in the context of the current political environment, followed by two case studies, based on original qualitative interviews with trans-military service members. They will then lead audience members in a workshop-style, small-group activity in which they will apply the information presented to the presented cases.
Gain a better understanding of the unique mental health challenges faced by trans military personnel and veterans, as well as the barriers they have historically faced to both medical and mental health treatment.
Learn key concepts related to minority stress and identity concealment, and be able to apply those concepts, using the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies framework, to the experiences of trans military clients through a case example.
Apply at least three potential counseling interventions/approaches, rooted in evidence-based treatments, that may be appropriate for the trans* military population.