An Exploration to Inform Clinical Practice: Examining Mental Health Care Experiences of Trans Service Members and Veterans
Megan J. Doughty Shaine, Deanna N. Cor, Andrew J. Campbell, and Abbey L. McAlister
Mental Health Care Experiences of Trans Service Members and Veterans: A Mixed-Methods Study (Shane et al., 2021) explores the mental health care experiences of trans service members for the purpose of identifying training and practice recommendations for mental health providers. This study examines experiences with military and nonmilitary providers with a focus on stigma and barriers to care. Stigmatization significantly contributes to psychological distress for trans service members and veterans. Furthermore, trans service members and veterans experience high rates of depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, suicide, and military sexual trauma. The authors conducted semistructured interviews with 10 participants. This CE provides professional counselors with information to better understand the lived experiences of trans service members and veterans and research findings to inform how to better serve these individuals.
1.Recognize presenting issues, stigmas, and barriers that trans service members and veterans experience when seeking mental health services.
2.Identify how counselors can respond to the highlighted need for intersectional competence in working with LGBT and military populations.
3.Summarize the clinical practice relevance of the qualitative and quantitative findings to the four research questions outlined in this study.
1.5 NBCC Hours; 0 CRCC Hours; 1.5 WA Hours; 0 APT Hours; 0 NAADAC Hours; 1.5 NY Hours; 0 Ethics Hours