Vistas Online 2011

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.


Group Counseling Interventions for Military Personnel With Brain Injury

Anna Harpster, Leigh Green, and Laura Dawson


“For the first couple of months, I couldn‟t really think that straight. I would forget things and had problems picking stuff up and remembering things. I was in the hospital for a bit. So that‟s my injury that I sustained, they call it traumatic brain injury, TBI” (Sage Byrd, as quoted in St John, 2010, para. 6). As the „signature injury‟ of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is becoming a noteworthy issue facing service members and veterans (Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, 2009a, para. 1). An increasing number or people are surviving traumatic brain injuries (TBI) thanks to increased awareness through medical and technological advancements. The increased use of rocket-propelled grenades, along with the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and land mines exposes military personnel to “increased risk of blast-related trauma, particularly blast-related traumatic brain injury” (Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, 2009b, para. 1).

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