Integrative outpatient treatment for returning service members
Version of Record online: 16 JUN 2008
© 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 64, Issue 8, pages 928–939, August 2008
How to Cite
Batten, S. V. and Pollack, S. J. (2008), Integrative outpatient treatment for returning service members. J. Clin. Psychol., 64: 928–939. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20513
- Issue online: 17 JUL 2008
- Version of Record online: 16 JUN 2008
- posttraumatic stress disorder;
- integrative treatment;
- traumatic brain injury;
Veterans returning from Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) frequently present with multiple psychological and physical symptoms. The authors propose an innovative approach in which primary care providers, polytrauma specialists, vocational rehabilitation specialists, and mental health clinicians work together to provide care that is not simply concurrent, but truly integrated. All members of this interdisciplinary team must provide a consistent message that supports treatment engagement and progress. The authors illustrate this approach with a case report of a soldier deployed to both OEF and OIF, requiring subsequent treatment for joint pain, headaches, mild traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and substance abuse. Despite the emphasis on early intervention, treatment engagement and retention remain challenges in this population. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol: In Session 64:1–12;, 2008.