VISTAS Counseling Veterans and Military Families

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

When a Parent Gets Deployed: Helping Military Families Deal with Stress

Jill Packman, Tina Paone, Ireon LeBeauf, Marlow H. Smaby, and William J. Lepkowski


Given the current international climate and the fact that many military personnel are being deployed into active duty either stateside or abroad, military families are experiencing an increased amount of stress. With this stress and pending absence comes strain on the parent/child relationship. This article explores the unique needs of military families and appropriate modifications of a 10-week filial counseling model. Through filial play therapy, military parental stress can be reduced and the parent/child relationship can be enhanced.

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