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University of Rhode Island — Psychology
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Military Psychology
Description

Psychologists are often called upon to be good listeners and to be a voice for those they serve - an advocate, if you will. One area where this is often the case is in the treatment of military service members (and their families) when they are deployed and when they return from war. Some service members may have difficulty seeking mental health treatment through military providers because of concerns about stigma and confidentiality or because of geographic location. Therefore, many civilian psychologists, in addition to military psychologists, seek to better understand the stressors that military personnel and their families face over the course of a military career. They also are increasing their knowledge base in areas such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, depression, substance abuse, and other psychological issues that may arise throughout deployment. In order to help them achieve these goals, advocates at the Center for Deployment Psychology in Bethesda, Maryland, has created a number of training programs to increase awareness of psychological problems that may result from military combat and introduce health care providers to military culture. This and other programs like it are expanding to different settings like hospitals, clinics, and even schools, to help better serve this group of individuals.

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