Make a Mental Note
About This Show
Make a Mental Note is a podcast where Dr. Christopher Quarto, a licensed psychologist, interviews counselors, social workers and psychologists in the greater Nashville area and abroad about their practices. The purpose of the podcast is to educate listeners about psychological problems that people contend with and methods of dealing with those problems. Learning is key to healing and mental wellness.
Most Recent Episode
MMN 030: Counseling Veterans and their Families - with Duane France
6 days ago
In this episode of the Make a Mental Note podcast, Duane France, a licensed professional counselor candidate, discusses the issues with which veterans and their families contend and how therapists help them resolve their issues. Give it a listen and find out why this episode is worthy of a mental note! Get the show notes on the "Make a Mental Note" page at http://www.chrisquarto.com/ Click here to subscribe to the Make a Mental Note podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/make-a-mental-note/id1035476864?mt=2 Mental Notes: * Being familiar with the culture of the military helps therapists have a better understanding of the issues of military personnel and veterans. This does not mean that therapists without a military background cannot help military personnel and veterans. Rather, they just need to have an interest in learning about the culture of the military. * Not everyone can or should counsel veterans (similar to how not everyone can or should counsel children or adolescents). * Typical issues that are discussed by veterans are not only limited to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury. Some veterans meet some of the criteria for PTSD, but not all of the criteria. Many veterans seek a sense of meaning and purpose in the civilian world. They also deal with loss (e.g., loss of identity; loss of camaraderie/connection). Needs fulfillment (a la Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs) is also important (i.e., how vets had their needs met in the military is different from how they meet their needs outside of the military). Some veterans meet their needs in self-destructive ways. Veterans also need to understand that making adjustments/transitions is necessary although not all of them feel that it is necessary to do things. * What serves as a protective factor in the military context (e.g., hypervigilance) is not necessary in the civilian context. Trying to help veterans identify the function a particular behavior in the military context and comparing and contrasting this with the function of that behavior in a civilian context is key. * Veterans may need to adjust the way they communicate with their spouses/partners/children after they return home from a deployment. The way that veterans communic