Trauma, Veterans and Military Families

Provides resources, toolkits and publications that address trauma exposure within veteran and active-military families.

Methamphetamine Abuse in Women of Reproductive AgePreventing Psychological Disorders in Service Members and Their Families: An Assessment of Programs, a 2014 report released by the National Research Council, evaluates risk and protective factors in military and family populations and suggests that prevention strategies are needed at multiple levels - individual, interpersonal, institutional, community, and societal - in order to address the influence that these factors have on psychological health. This report reviews and critiques reintegration programs and prevention strategies for PTSD, depression, recovery support and prevention of substance abuse, suicide and interpersonal violence.

Working Effectively with Military Families: 10 Key Concepts All Providers Should KnowWorking Effectively with Military Families: 10 Key Concepts All Providers Should Know (PDF 1.3MB) is a brief tip sheet, provided in 2014 by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), outlining the top ten things to keep in mind when working with military families including links to additional information.

Methamphetamine Abuse in Women of Reproductive AgeWhen a Child's Parent has PTSD is a 2014 publication by Jennifer L. Price, PhD at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD that summaries the impact of a veteran’s posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms on his or her children and family.

Methamphetamine Abuse in Women of Reproductive AgeHow Deployment Stress Affects Children and Families: Research Findings reviews the scope, magnitude and intensity of PTSD diagnoses after deployment, the effects on veterans and their families and the growing need for family-centered services. This U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD 2014 document also provides links to further resources.

Honoring Our Babies & Toddlers: Supporting Young Children Affected by a Military Parent's Deployment, Injury or Death: A Guide For Caring ProfessionalHonoring Our Babies & Toddlers: Supporting Young Children Affected by a Military Parent's Deployment, Injury or Death: A Guide For Caring Professional (PDF 1.51MB) is a three-part guide published in 2009 by Zero To Three that explores five key relationship-building strategies designed for professionals who work with military families.

Finding Balance: Considerations in the Treatment of Post-Deployment Stress EffectsFinding Balance: Considerations in the Treatment of Post-Deployment Stress Effects is a clinical guide, published by The Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center and Human Priorities in 2008, providing assistance to professionals who work with veterans and their families by giving an overview of trauma exposure and treatment considerations and suggestions.

Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide for Service ProvidersTrauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide for Service Providers (PDF 1.8MB) is a 2011 publication from the U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau, outlining the need for trauma-informed care for the growing homeless female veteran population and their children.

Behavioral Health Issues Among Afghanistan and Iraq U.S. War VeteransBehavioral Health Issues Among Afghanistan and Iraq U.S. War Veterans overviews behavioral health problems facing veterans who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, including substance use disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, depression and suicide. This 2012 SAMHSA publication also discusses screening tools and interventions available for the veteran population.

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