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Combat Social WorkApplying the Lessons of War to the Realities of Human Services$
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Charles R. Figley, Jeffrey S. Yarvis, and Bruce A. Thyer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190059439

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190059439.001.0001

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The Life of a Combat Social Worker

The Life of a Combat Social Worker

(p.15) 1 The Life of a Combat Social Worker
(p.iii) Combat Social Work

Jeffrey S. Yarvis

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Chapter 1 gives the reader a tour—a kind of ride-a-long or a kind of “see-what-I-see” experience. Much of the chapter is about the combat part of combat social work: What does social work look like outside the wire, downrange, or in combat or other hostile and dangerous battles or threats. This chapter will enable the reader to appreciate the role and experiences of combat social workers, as captured in later autobiographical chapters. However, deployments are time-limited (7–15 months, as a rule), and most of the time spent as a military social worker is in garrison (i.e., base camp with offices, often a behavioral health clinic or the social work department at a military hospital). This is where and how most members of the military receive their mental health treatment—conducted by military social workers. This is discussed in Chapter 2.

Keywords:   combat stress, traumatic stress, social work, social worker, military social work, trauma, secondary trauma, military families, mental health

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