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Combat Social Work: Applying the Lessons of War to the Realities of Human Services

Charles R. Figley, Jeffrey S. Yarvis, and Bruce A. Thyer


This book shows combat from a different perspective by a dozen combat social workers. Written by and for social workers and war veterans, the book is filled with lessons learned that can have significant benefits for students of social work, among others. Combat social work is dangerous work for these highly trained officers. Social work in combat, an oxymoron, focuses on helping the service member seeking mental health services specific to being deployed and in danger. All these practitioners’ clients seek to be at their best in support of their unit as military members. To do so, they must o ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190059439
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190059439.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles R. Figley, editor
Paul Henry Kurzweg Chair and Distinguished Professor, School of Social Work, Tulane University

Jeffrey S. Yarvis, editor
Deputy Commanding Officer, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center

Bruce A. Thyer, editor
Distinguished Research Professor, College of Social Work, Florida State University

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