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Association for Counselor Education and Supervision 2013 Conference -  October 17 - 20, 2013 Denver, CO
Friday, October 18 • 3:30pm - 4:20pm
The War Within: Implementing Multiple Clinical Perspectives in Case Conceptualization - R12

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Soldiers returning from deployment present with a plethora of serious mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep disturbances, and substance abuse issues. Students entering community mental health counseling internships may not have the tools for conceptualizing and addressing trauma specific to combat stress nor have a clear understanding of military culture. This presentation will describe the journey of one soldier following his deployment to Iraq and the difficulties he faced upon reintegration. Clinicians representing four approaches-- dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), group systems theory, and motivational interviewing (MI) will provide perspectives on the development of traumatic response symptomology, as well as suggestions for understanding and treating the soldier profiled in the case study. The presentation will provide ideas of teaching various approaches for addressing traumatology; particularly as it relates to working with returning veterans.

Friday October 18, 2013 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Centennial F, G, & H