The United States military is engaged in the longest war of its history. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will torment a significant number of warriors who have taken up arms during the Global War on Terror. Combat stress, spiritual wounds of moral injury, strained relationships, and suicidal ideations will afflict others.
While the medical and mental health communities address a portion of these issues, they remain inadequately equipped to answer the questions that impact the soul of the warrior. Military members need chaplains, clergy members, and local churches to address the spiritual aspects of combat and engage them on paths to healing and wholeness.
The following project develops and implements a three-part curriculum to prepare warriors for the challenges they will face upon their return from combat. It presents contemporary examples of veterans facing reintegration issues and encourages participants to share their own war stories. Participants in the intervention exhibited a 49 percent reduction in trauma-related symptoms, measured by the PTSD Checklist (PCL-5), and a 55 percent increase in positive coping beliefs as measured by the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI).
Chaplains and clergy members can use the included curriculum and facilitator’s guide as tool for engaging military members in the process of healing from the invisible wounds of war.
|Advisor:||McChrystal, Scott, Cole, David|
|Commitee:||Gill, Debbie, Medina, Vince, Olena, Lois E., Oleson, Ava K., Taylor, Cheryl A., Walls, Randy|
|School:||Assemblies of God Theological Seminary|
|Department:||Doctor of Ministry Department|
|School Location:||United States -- Missouri|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychobiology, Theology, Military studies|
|Keywords:||Combat, Deployment, Moral injury, PTSD, Post traumatic growth, Trauma|
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