SCWK 8835 Veterans' Health and Mental Health (Spring: 3 )
Social workers who understand issues that are unique to the military can comfortably engage with them and more effectively interact and treat this population. The health of veterans will be discussed in terms of the physical wounds of war such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and other service-connected injuries to the body. The invisible wounds of war will also be discussed in terms of the mental health needs that may surface from the experience of having gone to war. Post-traumatic stress will be explored in depth as both a normal reaction to the situation of going to war and as a complication with the readjustment to civilian life that requires sustained attention to non-threatening information in such places as family, work, and school. The challenges veterans face in the areas of unemployment, substance use, the criminal justice system, and family violence will all be discussed as well as changing macro-level policies around these issues.
Last Updated: 04-Feb-15