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By: Les R. Greene, Ilan Harpaz-Rotem, Kathryn A. Sanders, Kristin MacGregor, Amanda Wheat, Lindsey Dorflinger, Anne Klee & Joshua Bullock

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 28: Group Treatments within the Department of Veterans Affairs

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Group Treatments within the Department of Veterans Affairs
Group treatments within the department of veterans affairs
Les R. GreeneIlan Harpaz-RotemKathryn A. SandersKristin MacGregorAmanda WheatLindsey DorflingerAnne KleeJoshua Bullock

The early years of group psychotherapy were intricately related to the emergent needs of treating scores of shell-shocked and battle-fatigued troops both in the United States (Grotjahn, 1947) and Europe (Thalassis, 2007) during and immediately after World War II. Long before “evidence-based treatments” became the latest buzzword in mental health, clinicians were offering bold, innovative group treatments to soldiers suffering from traumatogenic experiences in the field and their astute observations provided the basis by which the military (Brill, n.d.) came to strongly endorse this modality. The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) quickly followed suit in their need to cope ...

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