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ERIC Number: ED084483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 8
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Crisis Re-entry Counseling with Veterans Returning from Southeast Asia: Strengths and Difficulties of the Outreach Goal.
Caron, Herbert S.
Outreach counseling was offered to 83 veterans just returning from Vietnam and outcomes were compared with those of 68 matched controls. Capitalizing on the crisis or stress of the re-entry, service was offered to all veterans returning to Cleveland. Counselors' initial relationships with veterans tended to be built on short term assistance with concrete problems of adjustment; the overall objective, however, emphasized preventive mental health and growth. This two-part paper concentrates on operational difficulties encountered. The outreach counselor's role often entails pursuit of a reluctant but hurting client, and the uncertainty and frustration of this role may unduly center the counselor's attention on avoiding a breach in the relationship. To maintain contact with the client, counselors often emphasized tangible objective services (e.g. help with GI Bill) and avoided personal problems. Yet the outreach counselor, though avoiding personal issues, is in a unique position to observe the client's needs and problems, resulting in some conflict. Intensive training, support, and supervision are needed in carrying out the difficult but therapeutically pwoerful role of re-entry counselor. Some evidence was obtained to indicate that verbal facility and prior training in human relations were essential qualifications for counselors. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Meeting, 26-31 August 1973, Montreal, Canada and titled Intervention as a Problem in Evaluation