Psychological Interventions in Peace Support Operatons: Current Practices and Future Challenges

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Authors
  1. Thompson, M.M.
  2. Pasto, L.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The present report begins by discussing the social cognitive theory of stress and coping as a framework for understanding psychological adaptation to stress at each phase of peace support operations. We then describe current mental health interventions across the deployment cycle. Intervention is broadly defined to include training, stress briefings, short-term interventions in the field, as well as traditional long-term psychotherapeutic aftercare. In general, we advocate greater attention to prevention in mental health service delivery. Command consultation is presented as one approach that may be of particular merit in this regard. Stress Inoculation Training is then outlined as a proactive training intervention with direct relevance to issues of psychological resiliency. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the challenges that continue to face mental health practitioners in the military.

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Keywords
psychological adaptation to stress;deployment cycle;mental health interventions;command consultation;Stress Inoculation Training
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-SL-2002-042 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
01 Jan 2003
Number of Pages
12
DSTKIM No
CA025902
CANDIS No
523658
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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