War Trauma and Its Wake:
Expanding the Circle of Healing

treating trauma survivors

This is especially the case for professionals who work with veterans and active-duty military personnel. War Trauma and Its Wakethen, 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.

Drs 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
‘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)

Healing War Trauma:
A Handbook of Creative Approaches

exciting approaches for healing war trauma

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.

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.

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
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

Combat Stress (Online Magazine)

Bringing You All The Way Home

Combat Stress is a quarterly newsletter published in February, May, August and November with news and advertising designed with Service Members, veterans and their families in mind.

It appeals to all those interested in the myriad and complex interrelationships between combat stress because technical jargon is avoided an it's is easy to understand. Combat Stress is archived online at Information in this publication is carefully compiled to ensure accuracy. Military families subscribe for free.

Dr. Platoni is both Chairwoman and Editor of Combat Stress.