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The Challenges of Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans’ Transition from Military to Civilian Life and Approaches to Reconnection

About the Course:

In addition to possible exposure to traumatic events (e.g., combat), service members typically experience repeated disruption of social connections because of the frequency of their deployments. These disrupted connections, and accompanying changes to the individual and home environments during separation, may lead to a difficult homecoming transition. Such difficult transitions have been well documented in the literature. Less studied are interventions aimed at improving this transitional process. This study focuses on the three prevalent themes associated with the transition process and possible interventions to help support veterans reconnecting upon return from deployment.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, The Challenges of Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans’ Transition from Military to Civilian Life and Approaches to Reconnection created by Jennifer Ahern, PhD, MPH and Miranda Worthen, PhD in 2015.

Publication Date:

PLoS ONE, 10(7) 2015

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Jennifer Ahern, PhD, MPH
Jennifer Ahern is a Professor of Epidemiology whose research focuses on the effects of the social and physical environment, and programs and policies that alter the social and physical environment, on many aspects of health. She has published more than 100 articles in peer reviewed journals.
Miranda Worthen, PhD
Dr. Worthen's research examines the psychosocial experiences of vulnerable populations with high levels of trauma. She teaches epidemiology and global health at San Jose State University and has had her work published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Course Creator

Jennifer Henderson
Dr. Henderson completed her PhD in clinical psychology at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda MD, and my internship at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Medical Center in San Antonio TX. She is am an integrative therapist who focuses on brief, positive, solutions-focused therapy and is experienced in treating a variety of mental health concerns-- depression, anxiety, stress, grief, trauma, parenting concerns, and more. She is currently practicing in Alaska.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists who seek knowledge about the challenges of veterans' transition from military to civilian life. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe homecoming theory as it pertains to military personnel returning from deployment.
  2. Describe the three themes identified by the authors in this study (e.g., military as family).
  3. Discuss the relevant results from the present study.

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Course Number 102337
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