Military to civilian transition issues and potential solutions: psychoeducational resilient support

Graham Cable interviewed by Kirk Barlow on 20 May 2019 focusing on military to civilian transition issues and potential solutions, based on Graham’s doctoral thesis on this subject. Begins with Graham’s own initial transition story before then highlighting issues including the total military institution and enculturation vs reconditioning, consequential identity strain, family issues, perception that all veterans are mad/sad/bad and impact on employability, posttraumatic growth, stigma as a barrier to help-seeking, resilience and complex charity support. Among solutions Graham recommends are universal support for all transitioning military leavers to narratively review career and life, providing an opportunity to holistically consider what motivates them, while balancing this with current and future likely circumstances, to provide for an emotionally and practically balanced future allowing for continued sense of post-military value, meaning and purpose. This depends on not just training for practical issues, but educating for greater resilience by using using a range of coping strategies, involving peer support, mentors and families in a far more holistic psychoeducational transition support package. Graham uses excerpts of his military to civilian transition story to illustrate this.

Military to civilian transition issues and potential solutions: psychoeducational resilient support

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