Treating PTSD in Military Personnel

Treating PTSD in Military Personnel: A Clinical Handbook covers the full range of effective treatments for PTSD and discusses their implementation with service members and veterans, taking into account this population's unique, specific needs, and the norms and values of military culture. From conducting a thorough assessment to choosing an appropriate psychosocial or pharmacological treatment, the expert editors and contributors clearly relate their years of experience in military contexts. Chapters thoroughly describe available therapies, review their strengths and limitations, and use illustrative case examples to demonstrate the treatments in action.

T2 psychologists Greg Reger and Kevin Holloway authored the chapter entitled "Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET)," which provides a thorough examination of this innovative approach to PTSD treatment, including treatment protocols, hardware requirements, and review of the literature, as well as a case vignette detailing one combat veteran’s experience with the treatment.

In the chapter "Managing the Service Member with Suicidal Ideation," T2 psychologists Nancy Skopp, David  Luxton, and Nigel Bush, collaborated with University of Utah’s M. David Rudd, Ph.D. to examine the association of PTSD with suicidal behavior in the military population. The chapter details risk factors specific to the military; suicide risk assessment, management and treatment; and provides guidelines for managing suicidal ideation based on theory, accumulated clinical knowledge, and current findings in the literature.

(L to R) David Luxton, Greg Reger, Kevin Holloway,Nancy Skopp and Nigel Bush
(L to R) David Luxton, Greg Reger, Kevin Holloway,
Nancy Skopp and Nigel Bush

Book Details

ISBN:  978-1609186357

Hardcover:  382 pages

Publisher:  The Guilford Press; 1st Edition (October 7, 2011)

Professional reviews on "Treating PTSD in Military Personnel"

"From leaders in the field, this is one of the most comprehensive books available on PTSD. It covers all the major treatment approaches, as well as associated clinical issues, and is the first volume to apply this amazingly useful knowledge to the specific needs of Service Members and Veterans. Case vignettes bring each treatment approach to life. This is a 'must read' for anyone working with the military or with PTSD patients more broadly, and will give students preparing to intern in a VA hospital the cultural competence needed to work within the military culture. I am grateful for the publication of this gem of a book."
Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, PhD, ABPP,
Director, Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program,
Emory University School of Medicine

"While the treatment of PTSD in combat veterans is still evolving, this book provides an impressive review of the most thoroughly studied psychological treatments. Synthesizing two decades' worth of research, the volume offers clinicians valuable information. Of equal importance, it offers hope that even more progress will be made in addressing this often chronic condition."
Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD,
 Medical Director, The Trauma Center;
Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

"The book is very clearly written and offers straightforward explanations of important scientific concepts. It features vital information to guide evaluation, diagnostic assessment, and decision making about clinical care for service members and veterans with PTSD. The book comes at a very appropriate time. I believe it will quickly become an essential item in the clinical arsenal of mental health professionals who interact with service members and veterans."
Alexander Neumeister, MD,
Department of Psychiatry,
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

"The mental health community can help pay the debt of gratitude owed to service members and veterans by providing consensus best practices in an ecologically valid and culturally aware manner. This requires both a rigorous application of evidence-based assessment and treatment approaches and a steadfast appreciation of the military ethos and the unique biological, behavioral, cognitive, and spiritual impact of combat and operational stress and trauma. In this excellent and timely book, Moore and Penk have assembled experts who provide state-of-the-art strategies for helping service members and veterans recover from the psychic wounds of war."
Brett T. Litz, PhD,
Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, Boston University;
Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiological Research and Information Center,
VA Boston Healthcare System