516 In Love and War: Conflicted Loyalties of Returning Warriors
Laurie Leitch and Loree Sutton
Saturday Afternoon Only
The life-and-death intensity of war zone experience--where one’s survival depends on those with whom one shares moment-to-moment risks. . .
-creates a unique and powerful form of attachment among troops. This survival-based attachment can create challenges for military personnel as they attempt to reestablish attachments to families once they’ve returned home. This can lead to family conflict, divorce, depression, and even suicide. In this workshop, we’ll explore survival-based attachment and the challenges that emerge when troops transition from the attachments of war to the less intense attachments of family life. You’ll learn how Stephen Porges’s concept of neuroception helps us understand the biological components of “attachment dysregulation.” We’ll discuss biologically-based interventions that promote healthy civilian attachments, and we’ll explore a psychoeducational model that enhances family reintegration by helping family members understand the war zone experience.
Laurie Leitch, Ph.D.,
is the cofounder and codirector of the Trauma Resource Institute, which offers national and international training in the brief stabilization therapies Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) for civilians, TRM for Warriors & Veterans, and TRM for Communities.
Brigadier General (ret.) Loree K. Sutton, M.D.,
served as director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury from November 2007 to June 2010. Throughout her career, she’s focused on community-based approaches to building resiliency, maximizing recovery, and fostering reintegration.