Large group intervention for military reintegration: Peer support & Yellow Ribbon enhancements

Cherie Castellano, George S. Everly

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Abstract

University Behavioral HealthCare, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Military & Veterans Affairs established a program entitled the "New Jersey Veterans Helpline, "modeled after the "Cop 2 Cop Helpline, " in 2005 to assist veterans and their families within the state. The events of September 11, 2001, demanded an unprecedented response to address the behavioral health care needs of first responders in New Jersey and highlighted the similarities amongst the military population in their response. Although the New Jersey Veterans Helpline program was initiated as a peer based helpline, the need for support in pre- and post-deployment quickly emerged. This paper describes the application of the Cop 2 Cop interventions with the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) entitled "Acute Stress Management Reentry Program. " This program was adapted and combined with Yellow Ribbon Guideline enhancements to create a "60 Day Resiliency & Reintegration Program " led by the New Jersey Veterans program to over 2,400 soldiers returning from war.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-178
Number of pages8
JournalInternational journal of emergency mental health
Volume12
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

Keywords

  • Military reintegration
  • Military resilience
  • Military stress
  • Yellow ribbon reintegration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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