Group Therapy Proposal For Combat Related Ptsd

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Group Therapy Proposal Soldiers & Veterans who Served in OEF/OIF with Combat-Related PTSD Abby Thompson Indiana State University Introduction Over the last decade, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have drastically increased the need for effective mental health services and treatment for U.S. veterans and service members, especially those suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Nearly 1.5 million American service members have been deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) since the attack on the Twin Towers in September 2001 (Price, Gros, Strachan, Ruggiero, & Acierno, 2013). Approximately 25% of soldiers and wounded warriors returning home from OEF/OIF present with mental illness due to combat-related violence and other trauma exposure (Steinberg & Eisner, 2015). According to Price and colleagues (2013), OEF/OIF soldiers and veterans are at greater risk for developing mental illness compared to others who served in past military operations. The current group will be closed and will consist of eight soldiers and/or veterans that served in OEF/OIF with combat-related PTSD. Having fewer members in the group will allow participants to develop and build trusting relationships with the other group members. It will also allow ample opportunity to share their stories in confidentiality and within a safe environment with others that have been through similar experiences. This group will be closed because the
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