War Trauma and Its Wake: Expanding the Circle of Healing

‘War Trauma and Its Wake’ delivers its powerful payload on time and on target. Just as war fighters prepare for engagement by studying their tactics, techniques, and procedures, this authoritative, accurate, and well-writen resource informs and changes the way mental health practitioners and others think about assessing, treating, and healing service members and veterans.
— Capt. Robert Koffman, MD, MPH, Navy Psychiatrist (OIF/OEF)
 
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Decades after Charles Figley's Trauma and Its Wake was published, our understanding of trauma has grown and deepened. Still, we face considerable challenges when treating trauma survivors.

This is especially the case for professionals who work with veterans and active-duty military personnel. War Trauma and Its Wake, then, is a vital book. The editors—one a Vietnam veteran who wrote the overview chapter on treatment for Trauma and Its Wake, the other an Army Reserve psychologist with four deployments—have produced a book that addresses both the specific needs of particular warrior communities as well as wider issues such as battlemind, guilt, suicide, and much, much more. The editors’ and contributors’ deep understanding of the issues that warriors face makes War Trauma and Its Wake a crucial book for understanding the military experience, and the lessons contained in its pages are essential for anyone committed to healing war trauma.

Dr’s Scurfield and Platoni...are rare professional hybrids; they both served as officers deep inside their respective ground wars and then subsequently reached a level of clinical professionalism few attain. As such, they are fluent in both military and clinical speak, and can therefore serve as translators across that great divide.
— Alison Lighthall, MSN, RN

Healing War Trauma: A Handbook of Creative Approaches

This shining gem belongs on the desk of all who seek to heal war trauma. Confronting the complexities of the wounded soul reminds us of the need to broaden the scope of treatment strategies. Clearly, one size does not fit all, and this book opens our minds to possibilities. The chapter on resolving combat-related guilt is alone worth the trip to the bookstore. A beautiful blend of theory and practice.
— Glenn R. Schiraldi, PhD, Lt. Col. (USAR, Ret.), Author of "The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook
 

Healing War Trauma details a broad range of exciting approaches for healing from the trauma of war. 

The techniques described in each chapter are designed to complement and supplement cognitive-behavioral treatment protocols—and, ultimately, to help clinicians transcend the limits of those protocols.

For those veterans who do not respond productively to—or who have simply little interest in—office-based, regimented, and symptom-focused treatments, the innovative approaches laid out in Healing War Trauma will inspire and inform both clinicians and veterans as they chart new paths to healing.

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Think of “Healing War Trauma” as a counterinsurgency field manual to battle the invisible and incapacitating wounds sustained by hundreds of thousands during a decade of war. Helping these soldiers requires more than talk therapy and drugs, and the editors, both combat veterans and mental-health professionals, offer an exciting array of creative and complimentary treatments - and hope - in this handbook.
— Ann Gerhart, Senior Writer, Washington Post