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Military Social Work and Combat Stress Management

Military social work embodies the full spectrum of the vocation; professional social workers may act as clinicians, advocates, policymakers, researchers, forensic experts, resource liaisons, organizational leaders, community organizers, and consultants. While combining generalist practice with micro, meso, and macro interventions, the military social worker is adapted for work both in fixed facilities and in the field or theater of operation, wherever the military finds itself.

Social workers have been involved with the military since it was recognized within the social work profession that the veterans of World War I were an underserved population. Subsequently, Smith College and other institutions of higher learning led the way as the academic community recognized the unique care needs of service members and military veterans and their families. In recent years, ...

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