Title

Conquering ambiguity with creativity: Using creative family counseling interventions with military families

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Originally Published In

Journal of Military and Government Counseling

Volume Number

1

Issue Number

3

Page Numbers

177-191

Abstract

Military families experience numerous transitions and changes as they progress through the deployment cycle. Family counseling is one resource for this population to receive support and assistance during periods of ambiguity, confusion, and redefining roles, as such, creative interventions provide a useful tool for therapist to engage this population. This article provides a brief overview of the military deployment cycle, salient features of military families, and the importance of a systemic framework for treating this population. Furthermore, this article provides clinicians with three specific creative interventions based on the deployment cycle for implementation with families.