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Journal of Military and Government Counseling
Providing counseling to military service members and veterans presents a unique constellation of considerations for providers. The context of the military, exposure to traumatic events, and other service-related experiences can impact counselors working with this population. To ensure the wellness of providers, utilizing Wellness-focused supervision as a mechanism of support can prevent and remediate deleterious outcomes associated with clinical contact with this population. Utilizing Wellness principles informed by an understanding of the unique experiences of counselors assisting military service members and veterans creates a responsive supervisory environment fostering positive counselor growth and development. This article discusses the mental health landscape of service members and veterans, the context of the military, and the implementation of Wellness-focused supervision for counselors serving this population. A case study is discussed to further illustrate the application of this model.