As discussed in this article published in 2011 by Dr Alastair Clarke-Walker, currently the UK has more war veterans than at any time since the Second World War. In the words of Dr Liam Fox MP; “it is a time bomb about to explode.”
This article discusses possible solutions for war veterans and their families. As a Solution Focused Therapist, I believe strongly that Solution Focused Therapeutic sessions can be part of the healing process of PTSD for war veterans and their families. Solution Focused Therapy sessions can help towards their integration into their social and civil environment, including employment, by discussing how they feel that therapy might help them and what needs to happen for them to feel it has, to explore the strengths and life skills they already have, to work towards developing self confidence, how to make possible small steps towards their preferred future, to explore if there are already small parts of that preferred future happening and by assigning therapeutic tasks that will involve looking for changes that are occurring between sessions. I would also like to add that by being able to tell their stories and being heard, we will be offering a supportive network to war veterans, which might be the first small step to their recovery.
I recently read that the US government is now recruiting psychologists that work in a Solution Focused Therapeutic way to aid veterans in their recovery from PTSD. I cannot find this article on line now. As soon as I have found it I will post it to this Blog.
In the meantime, I suggest that if you are interested in how we can support war veterans in their recovery, to read Dr Alastair Clarke-Walker’s article.
Claudia van Zuiden is a member of the UKASFP (United Kingdom Association of Solution Focused Practitioners) and is available for sessions in Solution Focused Therapy for clients, is an International Speaker and facilitates workshops in training Solution Focused Interventions in the UK and abroad.