Links and Books

Post-Traumatic Stress
The Post-Traumatic Stress Program provides tools for coping with post-traumatic stress and difficult deployment memories. Click on the arrow to view a list of additional resources.


Combat Stress/ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
This website provides information for service members, veterans, and their families about combat stress/PTSD

PTSD Combat: Winning the War Within
Blog and link to news about combat-related PTSD; lots of resources for returning Service Members.

Gift from Within
A non-profit organization dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. They develop and disseminate educational material, including videotapes, articles, books, and other resources through their website.


Courage After Fire: Coping Strategies for Troops Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families. Armstrong, Keith, Best, Suzanne, and Domenici, Paula (2006). Ulysses Press: Berkeley, CA.
This is a useful book for providing coping tips for Service Members returning from deployment and for their families.

Down Range: To Iraq and Back. Cantrell, Bridget and Dean, Chuck. Wordsmith
Publishing (July 2005)
This is a book not just about the trauma of war, but how to make healthy transitions from war back to daily life.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Victim’s Guide to Healing and Recovery. Raymond B. Flannery, Jr. Chevron Pub Corp; 2nd edition (February 2004).

This book is written for PTSD patients and family members as well as healthcare providers. It is not only about combat-related stress; it talks about victims of all types of trauma.. This book is written as an “action plan” for victims of traumatic stress.


Combat Stress/ PTSD

PTSD Combat: Winning the War Within
Blog and link to news about combat-related PTSD; lots of resources for returning Service Members.

Learn how to manage negative moods in the Depression Program. Click on the arrow to view a list of additional resources.


Center for Clinical Interventions – Resources
Center for Clinical Interventions. 8 May 2007.
This website is directed to readers who suffer from anxiety or depression. The website provides different modules that the reader can complete online, save on their computer and work through onscreen, or print out and work through by hand.

National Institute of Mental Health: National Institute of Health. 13 Sept 2006
This website provides descriptions on the symptoms, causes, and treatments of depression, as well as information on getting help and coping.

WebMD – Depression Health Center
Online articles on depression including signs and symptoms, treatment options, information on support and resources, and recent research findings.


Control Your Depression. Lewinsohn, Peter M., et al. Revised ed. New York: Simon & Schuster Inc., 1990.
This book provides readers with an understanding of the nature of depression, and offers an opportunity for readers to create their own personal program unique to their situation.

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy. Burns, David D. New York: Avon Books, 1999.
Teaches that by changing the way you think you can alter your moods, deal with emotional problems, and get rid of depression.

The Feeling Good Workbook. Burns, David D. New York: Plume, 1999.
A workbook that provides techniques and step-by-step exercises to cope with everyday problems.

Mind over Mood: Change How you Feel by Changing the Way You Think. Greenberger, Dennis and Christine A. Padesky. New York: The Guilford Press, 1995.
A manual that teaches readers how to change the thoughts that contribute to problems with depression.

Overcoming Depression One Step at a Time. Addis, Michael E. and Christopher R. Martell. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2004.
A workbook based on a behavioral activation approach to overcoming depression.

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook. Davis, Martha, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, and Matthew McKay. 5th ed. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2000.
A workbook on stress management that provides various cognitive and behavioral techniques.


The Down and Up Show from
Podcasts on a wide range of topics related to depression, treatment, and cultural diversity are archived at New shows are available for download each month.

Life Stress
Assess your stress level and practice stress reduction exercises in the Stress Program. Click on the arrow to view a list of additional resources.

This stress management website, by Mind Tools, offers information on educational materials on stress plus simple techniques that can be incorporated into the busy lifestyle to reduce and manage stress. It is somewhat geared toward job stress.
This British website, recommended by NIH, is full of practical advice to reduce and manage stress. It also offers alternative stress reduction information on topics including aromatherapy and color therapy for stress.


MedlinePlus brings together information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. This website provides links to overviews of stress and stress management techniques, self-checks, tutorials, videos and research.


The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook (5th Ed.). Martha Davis, Elizabeth R. Eshelman & Matthew McKay. New Harbinger Publications, 2000.
Simple, concise, step-by-step techniques for: breathing, progressive relaxation, meditation, worry control, coping skills, etc.

10 Simple Solutions to Stress: How to Tame Tension And Start Enjoying Your Life. Claire Michaels Wheeler. New Harbinger Publications, 2007.
Based on positive psychology, mind-body medicine, and cognitive behavioral therapy, the ten simple solutions in this book offer powerful antidotes to stress.

Comprehensive Stress Management. Greenberg, Jerrold S. McGraw-Hill Publishing, 2004.
Examines the many types of stress and how to cope with it in today’s world. Discusses the latest research findings on physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of stress and offers coping skills.


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Relaxation Drill: Releasing Stress. From a forthcoming Military OneSource audio by Heidi J. Bauer, MSW, LCSW, a clinical therapist with a focus on service members and their families.

Recognizing and Dealing with Stress. What stress is, its causes, and how to alleviate it.

Children and Stress. How stress affects children and ways parents can teach them to manage stress.

Couples and Stress. How stress can affect couples and what you can do to keep your relationship strong when one of you is under stress.

Walking to Fight Stress. Listen to Dr. Miriam Nelson, PhD, author of Strong Women Stay Young, Men Beat Arthritis, and other bestsellers talk about how to fight stress with walking. Dr. Nelson also offers tips on how to start a walking program of your own.

Tension Relieving Exercises. Follow along to an easy, quick stretching routine that you can do anywhere.

Just Breathe. Dr. Gloria Deckro, a physician and counselor who specializes in stress management, shares breathing techniques that can help you fight stress any time, any place.

Guided Relaxation. Use this 10-minute guided relaxation lead by Dr. Gloria Deckro to regain a sense of calm and feel more relaxed.

VIDEO: Yoga for Stress Management:

In the Anger Program, learn how to recognize anger cues and practice ways to manage anger. Click on the arrow to view a list of additional resources.


Controlling Anger Before It Controls You – provided by the American Psychological Association
Overview of anger, anger management, strategies to control anger, and recommendations regarding counseling.

All About Counseling: a website created by a consortium of counselors, therapists and other mental health professionals
Offers helpful information on the root causes of anger, discusses common myths and misconceptions about anger, and offers a forum for people to share their thoughts, concerns and questions about anger.

The Mayo Clinic
Effective anger management techniques plus links to articles on passive aggressive behavior, dealing with stress, intermittent explosive disorder, and forgiveness.

At Health, a leading provider of mental health information and resources
Offers information on the relationships between anger, self-talk, and PTSD.


ACT on Life not on Anger. Eifert, Georg H., McKay, Matthew, and Forsyth, John P. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2006.
This book is based on the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach, which focuses on techniques and exercises to help the reader reduce suffering from anger.

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Hayes, Steven C. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2005.
This book is based on the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach, which focuses on techniques and exercises to help the reader overcome depression, anger, and anxiety.

The Anger Control Workbook. McKay, Matthew, and Rogers, Peter. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc. 2006.
Offers new and highly effective approaches to anger control that gives readers the tools they need to manage anger in day-to-day life.

60-Second Anger Management: Quick Tips to Handle Explosive Feelings. Hirshorn, Michael. New Horizon Press, 2002.

Quick tips to handle explosive feelings and reactions in order to express anger constructively.

The Assertiveness Workbook: How to Express Your Ideas and Stand up for Yourself at Work and In Relationships. Paterson, Randy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, Inc., 2000.
Learn how to build self-confidence, express your ideas, say ‘no’ without guilt, and stand up for yourself in your day-to-day life.

Families & Friendships
The Families & Friendships Program provides resources for improving relationships and reconnecting with friends and family. Click on the arrow to view a list of additional resources.


‘Homecoming Tips’ – article
Reunion time with your military spouse can be both a great experience and also one that creates problems in your marriage. Here are some tips to make the homecoming easier and more enjoyable.

‘Military Married to Military’ – article
Written specifically for active-duty military couples who are struggling with the challenges of keeping a marriage alive when both partners are deployed.

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
General resources, information, advice, and articles for couples who would like to find out more about counseling. In addition, typing ‘military’ into the search engine brings up over 100 articles specifically pertaining to relationships and military life.

The Family and Marriage Counseling Directory
A nationwide directory of counselors and therapists specializing in marriage and couples, including articles, resources, and links on improving communication skills, intimacy, and trust between couples.


Communicating in Relationships: A Guide for Couples and Professionals. Fincham, Frank D., Fernandes, Leyan O.L., and Humphreys, Keith. Campaign, IL: Research Press, 1993.
A book that provides information about how one can enhance current and future relationships through improved communication.

Couple Skills: Making Your Relationship Work. McKay, Matthew New Harbinger Publications, 2006.
A classic relationship-skills book offering couples a comprehensive approach to better communication, greater intimacy, and deeper commitment based on cognitive behavioral therapy.

Surviving Deployment: A Guide for Military Families. Pavlicin, Karen M. Elva Resa Publishing, 2003.
This book covers everything from long-distance romance and post-deployment marriage advice to problems with finances, kids, communication and careers.

The Treasure of Staying Connected for Military Couples. Lange, Janel. Serviam Publishing, 2004.
This short book gives tips for strengthening relationships and success stories of couples who have weathered the storm of military separation.

When Duty Calls: A Handbook for Families Facing Military Separation. Vandesteeg, Carol. Life Journey Publishing, 2005.
This book helps families learn what to expect as they prepare for deployment, how to communicate while separated, keeping the love alive between spouses, helping children through the separation, and reuniting at the end of the tour of duty.

Healing the trauma of domestic violence: A workbook for women. Kubany, Edward S., McCaig, Mari A., & Laconsay, Janet R. Oakland: New Harbinger, 2003.
This is a self help workbook that provides a step-by-step approach for formerly battered women to overcome abuse-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Work Adjustment
Discover how to resolve workplace conflicts and succeed at your career in the Work Adjustment Program. Click on the arrow to view a list of additional resources.

LINKS Careers
The ‘Careers’ section of this website offers many articles, information, tips, and problem-solving techniques for the workplace.

Assertive Communication: Six Tips for Effective Use—6-Tips-For-Effective-Use&id=10259
Article describes what assertive communication is and gives instructions on how to use assertive (instead of aggressive or passive) communication, even in conflict.

‘Personal Courage and Conflict Resolution at Work’ article
Offers Conflict Resolution Steps on how to manage conflicts at work and have your voice heard without alienating coworkers, authority figures, clients, and bosses.

TurboTAP (Transition Assistance Program)
Sponsored by the Deparment of Defense, TurboTAP contains useful information and linked resources to assist with transition to civilian life.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
ESGR was established to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment.


Courage After Fire: Coping Strategies for Troops Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families. Armstrong, Keith, Best, Suzanne, and Domenici, Paula (2006). Ulysses Press: Berkeley, CA.
This is a useful book for providing coping tips for Service Members returning from deployment and their Families.

Resolving Conflicts at Work: Eight Strategies for Everyone on the Job. Cloke, Kenneth and Joan Goldsmith. Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2005
Eight strategies for resolving conflicts, miscommunications, and misunderstandings at work, and what to do when you have difficulty getting along with your coworkers.

Communicating at Work. Fireside Publications, 1993.
Exploring interpersonal verbal, nonverbal, group and written communication skills to help improve your relationship with coworkers.

Joy Of Conflict Resolution: Transforming Victims, Villains And Heroes In The Workplace And At Home. Harper, Gary. New Society Publishers, 2004.
This book helps readers understand conflict and why it arises through the lens of the ‘roles’ people play in the workplace and at home. Provides practical skills to move beyond confrontation to resolve conflicts collaboratively.

In the Sleep Program, discover strategies for improving sleep. Click on the arrow to view a list of additional resources.


Sleep Disorders
From the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Provides facts about sleep, sleep disorders, treatments and services.


Military OneSource

Contains numerous articles and information on sleep including:

  • Why is sleep important?
  • What happens during sleep?
  • Sleep and disease
  • How much sleep do you need?
  • Tips for getting a good night of sleep
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Tips for Daytime Sleepers (for shiftworkers)
  • Tips on how to get and protect daytime sleep
  • Getting a Good Night’s Sleep


Say Good Night to Insomnia. Jacobs, Gregg D. New York: Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 1998.
This book teaches you how to overcome insomnia by learning the facts about sleep, changing the way you think about sleep, and using sleep-promoting habits.

No More Sleepless Nights (Revised Edition). Hauri, Peter and Linde, Shirley. New York: Wiley and Sons, 1996.
Offers an internationally acclaimed sleep therapy program for readers to customize to their own lifestyle.

The Promise of Sleep. Dement, W.C., and Vaughn, C. Delacorte Press. 2000.
A hands-on prescription for a better night’s sleep. Also includes self-tests, information on prescription and over-the-counter sleep aids, and tips addressing insomnia, jet-lag, snoring and other sleep-related problems.

Dreams of Healing: Transforming Nightmares into Visions of Hope. Bulkeley, Kelly. Paulist Press, 2003.
Explores the complex relationship between PTSD, sleep problems and nightmares, and offers ways to find healing through a better understanding of one’s nightmares.

Trauma and Dreams. Barrett, Deirdre. Harvard University Press, 2001.
Offering dream research and tips for using dreams for healing from PTSD and other trauma-related disorders, based on direct clinical experience.


Alcohol & Drugs
Learn to identify and get help for substance abuse in the Alcohol & Drugs Program. Click on the arrow to view a list of additional resources.


Getting Help for Alcohol or Drugs

Alcoholics Anonymous
Offers information for quitting drinking and support groups.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and the Armed Services
Offers information on AA in the military.

Life Ring
Life Ring is an alternative to AA. It is a recovery program based on peer group support, and not based on religion. It offers an informal support network of people recovering from alcohol and/or drug problems.

Military OneSource
This website provides a variety of resources to all military members, including guardsmen and reservists, and their families. Information on a wide range of problems, including addiction and recovery, is available.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Offers information and support groups for quitting drug abuse.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service
Will help you find support/help near you.


WebMD Drug Dependence and Abuse
Online information on causes, symptoms, and treatment of drug abuse and dependence.

Information on Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol and Drug
Information and resources on alcohol and drug abuse. The site also recommends books focusing on recovery.

In the Know Zone
Information on alcohol and Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC).

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Gives answers to many frequently asked questions related to alcohol abuse.

Drug Rehab 101
Offers information on drug abuse, drug treatment and related issues for adults and teens.

Information for Family Members Living with a Loved One with Drug/Alcohol Problems

Al-anon/Alateen provides support to family members of a loved one who has alcohol or drug problems.

Alcohol and Drug Addiction Happens in the Best of Families…and It Hurts
Information for teens dealing with a parent’s addiction


Courage After Fire: Coping Strategies for Troops Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families. Armstrong, Keith; Best, Suzanne; and Domenici, Paula (2006). Ulysses Press: Berkeley, CA.
This is a useful book for providing coping tips for Service Members returning from deployment and their families.

Big Book. 4th edition. Alcohol Anonymous World Services, Inc. 2002.
Detailing the philosophy of AA and including many personal stories, the Big Book is the most widely used resource by individuals in recovery. Latest edition is also available free online at:

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. Alcohol Anonymous World Services, Inc. 2002.
A co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous tells how members recover and how the society functions as a resource for those struggling with alcohol abuse.

The Addiction Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Quitting Alcohol and Drugs. 
Fanning, Patrick, and O’Neill, John T. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, 1996.
A workbook for people who want to quit drinking alcohol or stop using other drugs, such as cocaine, amphetamines, marijuana, sedatives, and other addictive substances.

The Family Recovery Guide: A Map for Healthy Growth. Brown, Stephanie, Lewis, Virginia M., and Liotta, A. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, 2000.
Careful step-by-step directions in support of every member of the family affected by alcoholism.

Responsible Drinking: A Moderation Management Approach for Problem Drinkers. Rotgers, Fredrick, Kern, Marc F., and Hoeltzel, Rudy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.
Techniques for people with alcohol-related problems who aren’t true alcoholics, offering tips on identifying triggers, controlling behavior, and developing a healthier, more moderate lifestyle.

Controlling Your Drinking: Tools to Make Moderation Work for You. Miller, William R. and Munoz, Ricardo F. Guilford Press, 2004.
Alternatives to ‘all-or-nothing’ drinking habits and setting realistic, positive goals for drinking behavior.

Families with Kids
The Families with Kids Program provides tools for helping kids deal with deployment. Click on the arrow to view a list of additional resources.


General Links for Service Members and their Families

Military Onesource
This website provides a variety of resources available to all military members, including guardsmen and reservists, and their families. Look for information related to family relationships, kids and parenting under the ‘Parenting’ section.

National Military Family Association
This website offers resources, tips, information, and support to military families.

Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists (SO FAR)
This website offers support and resources for families of Reservists.

Parenting Tips and Activities

The Bureau for At-Risk Youth
This website provides resources from activity guides to articles for families dealing with deployment.

NYU Child Study Center
Provides articles, information and links for parents about how to help kids deal with deployments, talk about war and terrorism, and find effective grief counseling.


Videos for Children and Adolescents

Military One Source
Sesame Street video about deployment for preschool children entitled ‘Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Families During Military Deployment.’

Children with Special Needs

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This website contains information on children, trauma, and resilience.


Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Prevention

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
This organization provides confidential, toll-free assistance to:

  • Children who are being abused and want help
  • Frustrated parents who are about to lose control and are seeking help
  • Adults and children requesting the local telephone number to report cases of abuse
  • Adult survivors of child abuse who are feeling unsafe or suicidal
  • Adults requesting parenting tips, definitions of child abuse, or names of recommended books regarding parenting, child development or adult survivor issues



Blogs for Parents/Families,f345
This website offers blogs and forums for military and non-military families.

The Military Family Network
This website provides everything from parents making their own blogs to live chats to classified ads, to community calendars and more.


Books for Parents

Courage After Fire: Coping Strategies for Troops Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families. Armstrong, Keith, Best, Suzanne, and Domenici, Paula (2006). Ulysses Press: Berkeley, CA.
This is a useful book for providing coping tips for Service Members returning from deployment and their families.

Surviving Deployment: A Guide for Military Families. Pavlicin, Karen M. Elva Resa Publishing, 2003.
This book covers everything from long-distance connection and communication to post-deployment reintegration with family, spouses, kids, and teens.

I’m Already Home…Again – Keeping your family close while on assignment or deployment. Dumler, Elaine Gray. Frankly Speaking Publishers, 2006.
Great ideas for parents (military and civilian) on preparing for deployment, surviving time apart, and reintegrating into the family structure after deployment.

Necessary Losses: The loves, illusions, dependencies, and impossible expectations that all of us have to give up in order to grow. Viorst, Judith (1998). Simon and Schuster: New York, NY.
This book is a great read for any adult going through a time of transition.

Books for Teens

Finding My Way: A teen’s guide to living with a parent who has experienced trauma. Sherman, Michelle, and Sherman, DeAnne (2007). Seeds of Hope Books.
This is a sensitive book that addresses the confusion and distress experienced by teenagers whose parents have been exposed to trauma. Learn more about the book here:

Books for Kids

I Miss You!: A Military Kid’s Book About Deployment. Andrews, Beth. Prometheus Books, 2007.
This book is designed to help children especially, but also their parents, during stressful times that are unique to the military lifestyle.

Explore the spiritual challenges of war and trauma in the Spirituality Program. Click on the arrow to view a list of additional resources.
Physical Injury
In the Physical Injury Program, learn ways to manage the immediate and long-term aspects of a physical injury. Click on the arrow to view a list of additional resources.



The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors Webpage: Recover, Renew, Return
The Phoenix Society is a collaborative Australian project with guidelines that will be useful to health care workers and family members as well as burn survivors. It includes a chat room.


National Center on Physical Activity and Disability Website
From adventure programs to golf, virtually no physical activity is out of reach for SCI individuals with motivation. This website has information on all types of activities for all ages and types of disability.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association Website
This website contains news stories about SCI and lists resources available by state.

Paralyzed Veterans Website
This website has sections on disability rights, veteran’s benefits, and a great section on sports and recreation activities. Great, upbeat website.

Spinal Cord Injury Information Network Website
This website has all issues of Pushin’ On, a newsletter funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The newsletter addresses all aspects of life with SCI and is upbeat and informative.

United Spinal Association Website
United Spinal Association, founded in1946 by veterans with spinal cord injuries, was formed to help enable members, as well as others with disabilities, to lead full and productive lives.



Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program at the Tampa VA
The Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program (CPRP) at the Tampa VA is an award-winning, comprehensive, 3-week, residential program established to help veterans and active duty service members cope more effectively with their chronic pain. We assist participants with tapering off of opioid medications if applicable, and focus on improving overall quality of life through improved functioning.




U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy Website
This website summarizes legislation and laws that protect and provide employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.



Rising from the Flames: The Experience of the Severely Burned. Petro, Jane A. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998.
This is a rare sort of scientific book, one that is both accessible and fascinating to any person interested in learning more about burns and burn survivors. The authors show an amazing ability to convey what it feels like to be severely burned, and to explore the psychology of burn victims.

Severe Burns: A Family Guide to Medical and Emotional Recovery. Munster, Andrew M. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993.
This guide presents a wide range of clearly explained information — types of burns, stages of treatment and recovery, pain management, physical and psychological rehabilitation, plastic surgery, and so forth.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Physical Fitness: A Guide for Individuals with SCI. D. F. Apple (1996). Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, Scientific and Technical Publications Section, Washington, DC.

Living with Spinal Cord Injury. Cristian, Adrian. Demos Medical Publishing, 2004.
This is the definitive guide to dealing with the major challenges faced by those with spinal cord injuries, as related to health, finances, and their social support system. It is primarily designed to identify medical and non-medical problems that individuals may face as they live with SCI for a number of years.


Living with a Below-Knee Amputation: A Unique Insight from a Prosthetist/Amputee. Riley, Richard Lee. Slack Incorporated, 2005.
This book discusses the psychosocial and physical issues of amputation as well as amputation surgery, pain, postoperative care, therapy, integration of the prosthesis, family relationships, and recreation and sports.

Therapy for Amputees. Engstrom, Barbara. Churchill Livingstone Publishers, 1999.
An interdisciplinary team of experts addresses all aspects of rehabilitation for amputees, from assessments and psychosocial considerations through psychological treatment approaches and more.


The Pain Survival Guide: How to Reclaim Your Life. Turk, Dennis C. and Fritz Winter. American Psychological Association, 2005.
If you suffer from chronic pain, this proven 10-step program brings hope and relief, showing you how gradual changes in specific behaviors can lead to great improvements in your ability to cope. Unlike the authors of other pain books, they promise no miracle cures, but they do help you learn “not to let your body push you around” so life becomes enjoyable again.

Cognitive Therapy for Chronic Pain: A Step-by-Step Guide. Thorn, Beverly E. The Guilford Press, 2004.
Grounded in state-of-the-art theory and research, this hands-on volume provides a complete cognitive-behavioral treatment program for people suffering from chronic pain. Ten clearly organized modules and well-tested strategies for challenging distorted thoughts and beliefs about pain, and helping to build needed skills for coping and adaptation.


Real Work for Real Pay: Inclusive Employment for People With Disabilities. Inge, Katherine J., Brooks Publishing Company, 2006.
This groundbreaking text advances a critical element of empowerment for people with disabilities: inclusive, competitive, and meaningful employment opportunities.

Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped or People Who Have Disabilities. Bolles, Richard Nelson and Dale Susan Brown. Ten Speed Press, 2001.
This book guides readers through the often-frustrating, but ultimately rewarding process of securing independence in their lives and personal satisfaction in their careers. The authors begin by demystifying the intricacies of the ADA, describing in clear terms what the act does and does not guarantee disabled job hunters, and then move on to job-hunting strategies tailored specifically to people with disabilities.

Health & Wellness
Achieve a healthier balance in your life in the Health & Wellness Program. Click on the arrow to view a list of additional resources.


Military Onesource
This website provides a variety of resources available to all military members, including guardsmen and reservists, and their families. Information related to finances, deployment, and continuing education is available. Services include a toll free number to call in a time of personal emotional crisis. All calls are answered by trained professionals with a minimum Masters degree in counseling.

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Offers ten simple, effective ideas for bringing your life into better balance, plus links to other Ezine Articles on time management, life changes and dealing with transition.



How to Say No—And Live to Tell About It. Byers, Mary. Eugene, Or: Harvest House Publishers, 2006.
This book provides the reader with strategies to evaluate commitments and energy levels and helps you to prioritize your tasks.

The Simple Living Guide. Luhrs, Janet. New York: Broadway Books, 1997.
This book contains practical information including strategies, stories, resources, and inspiration for simplifying life to facilitate balance.

Organizing from the Inside Out. Morgenstern, Julie. New York: Henry Holt/Owl, 1998.
This book provides the reader with simple, easy to follow strategies for organizing your home and work spaces. Being organized helps you stay in control of your time. Reducing the clutter in your house reduces the clutter in your mind!

The Joy of Not Working. Zelinksi, Ernie. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 2003.
This book provides practical advice for real life in a humorous, easy-to-read format. Topics include dealing with boredom, the value of work, leisure activities, and money.



Smoking Cessation Resources

American Cancer Society (ACS) or call 1-800-227-2345 (1-800-ACS-2345)
Check your phone book to find your local office. The American Cancer Society (ACS) has volunteers and offices all over the country. ACS helps people learn about the health hazards of smoking and how to become ex-smokers. Its programs include ‘The Great American Smokeout®’ in November of each year and the Cancer Crusade every April. It also has many booklets and other information that can help.

American Heart Association (AHA) or call 1-800-242-8721 (1-800-AHA-USA1)
Check your phone book to find your local office. The AHA has thousands of volunteers. It has 130,000 members (doctors, scientists, and others) in 55 state and regional groups. AHA makes books, tapes, and videos about the effects of smoking on the heart. AHA has also written a guidebook on weight-control in quit-smoking programs.

American Lung Association (ALA) or 1-800-586-4872 (1-800-LUNG-USA)
Check your phone book to find your local office. ALA helps smokers who want to quit through its Freedom From Smoking® self-help quit-smoking program. ALA actively supports laws and information campaigns for non-smokers’ rights. It also gives public information programs about the health effects of smoking.

Arizona Smokers’ Helpline
In addition to support provided for smokers, this website also provides information for non-smokers trying to help others quit. This site also provides fact sheets and information on determining if you are ready to quit.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or 1-800-311-3435 or (770) 488-5705
The CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) is the government’s lead agency on smoking control. OSH funds booklets on smoking topics, such as relapse, helping a friend or family member quit smoking, the health hazards of smoking, and the effects of parental smoking on teenagers.

Center for Tobacco Cessation
This website lists quit-lines in every state and also contains support pages.

National Cancer Institute’s (NCI)™ Web site
This website provides information from numerous NCI sources, including LiveHelp, an instant messaging service. Information specialists provide live, online assistance to users of, the NCI’s Web site. The staff can assist smokers, in addition to providing cancer information and helping users to navigate the Web site. Click on the LiveHelp link, Monday through Friday.

National Cancer Institute’s
This Web site offers science-driven tools, information, and support that has helped smokers quit. You will find state and national resources, free materials, and quitting advice from the National Cancer Institute and its partners.

National Tribal Tobacco Prevention Network
This website provides smoking cessation information for Native Americans.

Nicotine Anonymous
This site provides information to help you locate in-person support groups in your town.

An online support group designed to help you quit smoking with the support of others facing the same challenge.

Smoke Free Families
This website provides information and support to pregnant smokers.

This website provides a day-by-day guide that outlines what to expect on the days following your quit day. This site also contains links to an online smoking cessation counselor.

Tobacco News and Information
This website provides the latest headlines and news related to tobacco issues.

VA Vet Center
This website will help you find Vet Centers in your area. Many offer smoking cessation programs.

Cancer Information Service (CIS)
Toll-free: 1-800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER), TTY: 1-800-332-8615
CIS provides accurate, up-to-date information on cancer. Information specialists can assist you with quitting and also explain the latest cancer information in understandable language in English, Spanish, or on TTY equipment.

National Cancer Institute’s Smoking Quitline
1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)

This number works anywhere in the U.S. It provides you with one-on-one help for quitting.

Your Doctor
Your doctor may know about a quit-smoking program or support group near you.


The Easy Way to Stop Smoking: Join the Millions Who Have Become Nonsmokers Using the Easyway Method. Carr, Allen. Sterling Publishers, 2005.
This award-winning book offers proven strategies for smoking cessation that do not rely on scare tactics or psychobabble. Instead, the author delves into the reasons people smoke and works on reframing the ‘need’ for a cigarette.

How To Quit Smoking Even If You Don’t Want To. Miller, Barbara. Trafford Publishing, 2006.
A no-nonsense approach to quitting smoking with sensible, realistic strategies.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Smoking Cessation: A Practical Guidebook to the Most Effective Treatments. Perkins, Kenneth A.,
The central goal of the therapist engaged in helping someone to quit smoking is to teach the smoker ways to prepare to quit, successfully abstain through regular self-monitoring and behavioral modifications, and then to continue to maintain this abstinence over a greater period of time. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be an effective approach for smoking cessation, and is becoming an attractive alternative for people who want or need the additional support beyond nicotine gum or pharmacological options.

mild Traumatic Brain Injury
mild Traumatic Brain Injury Program has many tools to learn more about mTBI, strategies for handling the frustrations that go with this kind of injury, and opportunities to hear from others who have struggled with this challenge. Click on the arrow to view a list of additional resources.


Information on TBI & PTSD Symptoms & Treatment

For service members in transition
A voluntary program to support you as you move between health care systems or providers.

Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury
Establishes Department of Defense standards for TBI care. DCoE also provides education and community outreach.

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)
Serves active duty military, family members and veterans with TBI. The website has information on preventing, treating, and living with a brain injury.

Brain Injury Association
Provides information, education and support for the 5.3 million Americans living with TBI. Call toll-free at 1-800-444-6443.

Facts about Concussion and Brain Injury Brochure
Explains what can happen after a concussion, how to recover, and where to get help.

Facts About Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
General information on TBI from the Brain Injury Association of America.

Mental Health America
Provides mental health information, education and advocacy.
Resources for veterans, active duty military members, and their families. Includes information on TBI/PTSD, how to obtain VA benefits, online discussion groups and more.

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Provides an overview of TBI, leading causes, signs and symptoms, and long-term outcomes.

Resources for Transitioning Service Members & Their Families

Always a Soldier
Provides disabled veterans with employment, career advancement, and job mobility opportunities.

America Supports You – Training & Placement
Department of Defense program provides training, employment opportunities, and financial help for service members and their families.

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)
Promotes the welfare of blinded veterans whether they become legally blind during or after active duty.

Operation Second Chance
Provides support and transition assistance for wounded service members while they recover at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

REALifelines – Recovery & Employment Assistance Lifelines
Resources for wounded veterans and service members transitioning to new careers.

Transition Training Academy
Offers severely injured service members and their families online training for information technology career.

Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
Provides resources for separating service members, including job-search assistance.

TurboTap – The Official Transition Assistance Program
Provides assistance to transitioning military personnel, including printable pre-separation guides for active duty and reserve/national guard.

Understanding Brain Injury – A Guide for the Family
Contains information on the function of the human brain; the causes of brain injury; the recovery process; and behavior changes after brain injury. Document is in PDF format.

United Spinal Association – VetsFirst
Nationwide full-service veterans’ advocacy program for all veterans, their dependents and survivors. Includes benefits counseling services; individual representation; representation on appeals; veterans’ advocacy; obtaining wheelchairs and equipment; and more.

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program Services
Information from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs regarding services available from the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program, which helps veterans with service-connected disabilities prepare for, find and keep suitable jobs.

Wounded Warrior Regiment
Offers assistance to wounded marines, sailors attached to marine units, and their family members throughout the phases of recovery.

The Tobacco Program provides a set of tools to help you realistically evaluate your smoking and make a detailed plan for setting yourself free. Click on the arrow to view a list of additional resources.


Nicotine Anonymous

Provides information to help individuals stop using tobacco and nicotine products in any form. The website lists books, tapes, and pamphlets, as well as information on in-person, telephone, and Internet meetings.

American Lung Association

Center for Disease Control

The CDC’s tobacco use page:

Free From Smoking

An online program from the American Lung Association.


An online program from the state of Washington to support quitting tobacco use.


Fisher, E. B. (1998). American Lung Association’s 7 Steps to a Smoke-Free Life. This book is a useful guide for those who would like to quit smoking, based on the American Lung Association’s successful Freedom From Smoking® program. It discusses personal reasons for smoking, dispels myths about smoking, and then provides a step-by-step approach to learn how to quit on your own. This resource is good for those who are trying to quit for the first time or those who have tried many times before but have been unable to quit.

Horvath, A. T. (2003). Sex, Drugs, Gambling, & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions. Presented as an alternative to 12-step programs, this workbook focuses on eliminating or reducing addictive behaviors. It encourages readers to explore the benefits and costs of their addiction and teaches the process of identifying, understanding, and coping with a craving.

Center for Disease Control. (2003). Pathways to Freedom: Winning the Fight Against Tobacco.. This updated (2003) edition of Pathways to Freedom addresses issues specific to African Americans, such as targeted advertising campaigns and historical, cultural, and socioeconomic influences. It also offers.

Military Sexual Trauma
This program is designed to provide support and resources to Service Members who are healing after having experienced sexual trauma. Click on the arrow to view a list of additional resources.
Resources providing support for sexual assault and trauma
If in immediate danger CALL 911 (inside the U.S.)
Safe Helpline: sexual assault support for the DoD community Guidance on what to do immediately after a sexual assault, how to report an assault and reporting options (restricted vs. unrestricted)
  • Restricted reporting: This reporting option allows you to confidentially disclose the crime to a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPR) Victim Advocates (VA), or health care personnel so that you can receive medical treatment and SAPR services.
  • If you file a Restricted Report, your chain-of-command will not be notified, and there will not be an official investigation of the crime (so the person who attacked you will not be questioned or disciplined). If you want to pursue criminal charges, you must file an Unrestricted Report.
  • Remember, if you initially make a restricted report, you can change it to an unrestricted report at a later date. However, if you initially make an unrestricted report, it cannot be changed to a restricted report.
  • Sample Sexual Assault Response Flow Chart
Find a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)
  • Army SARC Roster
  • Air Force SARC Roster
  • Marines SARC Roster
  • Navy SARC Roster
  • Coast Guard SARC Roster
  • National Guard SARC Roster
  • CONUS (800) 655-4545
  • International Toll Free (dial all 11 numbers) (800) 3429-6477
  • International Collect (484) 530-5947 (confidential)
  • Veterans receive free, confidential treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to sexual assault.
  • No incident report or documentation is required to receive these services.
  • You do not need a VA disability rating to obtain these free services.
  • 800-656-4673 (800-656-HOPE)
  • Support resource operated by the non-profit private organization RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
Other confidential resources that may be helpful:
  • Chaplains on base, or local clergy (see local listings)
  • Legal assistance attorney (see local listing)
  • Psychotherapists (see Locate on



International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)

Trauma Resources page has links to consumer information and support, government and university resources, and nonprofit trauma organizations and foundations. In addition, the ISTSS has produced three educational videos that can be viewed on the site.

Make the Connection

Veterans who experienced military sexual trauma share their stories. They describe the challenges they faced and how their lives were affected. Eventually, these men and women reached out for support. Hear how they were able to get on the road to recovery.

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network

RAINN carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, helps victims, and attempts to ensure that rapists are brought to justice. This website contains statistics, counseling resources, prevention tips, and news.

Women Organizing Women

Veteran Advocacy


Maltz, W. (2001). The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse. This text deals with sexual problems resulting from sexual abuse. The book is divided into three sections: (a) Becoming Aware, which addresses acknowledging the impact of the abuse on one’s sexuality; (b) Making Changes, which focuses on creating a different meaning around sexual behavior and beginning the healing process, and (c) Creating Positive Experiences, which describes various ways of addressing sexual difficulties.

Matsakis, A. (2003). The Rape Recovery Handbook: Step-By-Step Help for Survivors of Sexual Assault. This book takes readers through a step-by-step process to acknowledge and cope with their emotional pain following rape. It contains a number of self-guided exercises and is presented in a gentle and compassionate fashion.

Rothbaum, B. & Foa, E. (2000). Reclaiming Your Life After Rape: Cognitive-behavioral Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Client Workbook). This client workbook is written in a hopeful and easy-to-understand style. It is specifically for women who have been sexually assaulted and have PTSD as a result. Clients use this book to learn how cognitive-behavioral therapy has helped other trauma survivors and how it can work for them. The text distinguishes PTSD symptoms from other disorders and teaches techniques for overcoming PTSD symptoms.


Books about PTSD generally (not MST-specific)

Allen, J. G. (2004). Coping with Trauma: Hope through Understanding (2nd Edition). This book provides information about trauma and its effects, including how psychological trauma impacts the brain. It also presents very specific information about how to recover from trauma.

Colodzin, B. (1992). How to Survive Trauma: A Program for War Veterans and Survivors of Rape, Assault, Abuse, or Environmental Disasters. This resource focuses on healing from trauma by helping the reader to free themselves from depression, anxiety, rage, nightmares, flashbacks, and other symptoms of PTSD. It also helps the individual focus on self-respect and gain a sense of purpose. An edition of this book was published in 1997, but is no longer in print.

Follette, V. & Pistorello, J. (2007). Finding Life Beyond Trauma: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Heal from Post-Traumatic Stress and Trauma-Related Problems. This book focuses on the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques to help the reader in managing painful feelings that follow exposure to psychological trauma. The objective is to help the individual chart a course for a rich and vital life. (Note: There is currently limited research on the use of ACT as a primary treatment for PTSD. ACT can, however, be effective for general anxiety symptoms. ACT is currently being disseminated in VA for the treatment of depression and co-occurring general anxiety.)

Matsakis, A. (1998). Trust After Trauma: A Guide to Relationships for Survivors and Those Who Love Them. This text focuses on how trauma affects a person’s sense of self and one’s relationships. The objective of the book is to increase self-understanding. This book is a good addition to couples therapy.

Matsakis, A. (1996). I Can’t Get Over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors (2nd Edition). This book explains PTSD and how it affects soldiers and other trauma survivors. It describes how to cope with anger, grief, and guilt and to problems related to PTSD such as substance use, depression and low self-esteem. The message of the book is that hope can be restored and a positive future can be possible again.

Naparstek, B. (2005). Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal. This resource utilizes guided imagery and meditation techniques to help survivors heal. It includes 20 imaginary scripts. It also provides information on biochemical and psychophysiological responses to trauma. The approach has an eastern philosophy bent.

Pennebaker, J. W. (2004). Writing to Heal: A Guided Journal for Recovering from Trauma and Emotional Upheaval. This text provides guided writing exercises to help patients explore their feelings about difficult or traumatic experiences, based on the author’s written exposure research, that may be used as part of treatment.

Rosenbloom, D., Williams, M. B., & Watkins, B. E. (1999). Life after Trauma: A Workbook for Healing. This book explains how trauma can cause problems in people’s lives. It contains activities, relaxation techniques, and self-evaluation questionnaires. The objective of the book is to help people develop inner resources for coping, self-understanding, and self-care.

Schiraldi, G. (2000). The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook. This resource offers a wide range of treatment alternatives and self-management techniques that are designed to help trauma survivors recover from trauma related symptoms. This general book addresses the many sources of trauma that may be experienced. This text may be helpful to family members who struggle to make sense of what has happened.

Vermilyea, E. (2000). Growing Beyond Survival: A Self-Help Toolkit for Managing Traumatic Stress. The book is largely designed for survivors of childhood abuse but can also be useful in dealing with other traumas. This book focuses on developing effective coping skills and on building trust.


The Resilience Program provides a number of tools to help you anticipate and manage the challenges associated with the deployment cycle. Click on the arrow to view a list of additional resources.


Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program

Helping soldiers to build strong minds and strong bodies.

Real Warriors Program

Provides a number of resources for building strength before and after deployments.

The American Psychological Association Help Center (Health & Emotional Wellness)

Includes a number of brief articles related to health and emotional well-being, ranging from stress and health to coping with chronic illness.


Smith, M. J. (1985). When I Say No, I Feel Guilty. This book offers a variety of strategies to develop assertiveness skills and manage feels of guilt. Other topics include being persistent, dealing successfully with criticism, and more effective communication in professional and personal relationships.

McKay, M., Wood, J. C., & Brantley, J. (2007). Dialectical Behavior Therapy Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, & Distress Tolerance. As the title implies, this text introduces specific skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). The book presents basic and advanced strategies for distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

The Anxiety Program has been developed to help make the adjustment to letting down your guard and adapting your thinking to a post deployment world that doesn’t pose a constant threat. Click on the arrow to view a list of additional resources.



Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Comprehensive information on anxiety disorders, multiple resources including help finding a therapist specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

National Institutes of Mental Health
A source for government publications and information about medications for anxiety.
A commercial website providing information on many behavioral health topics including anxiety. 


Mastery of Your Anxiety and Worry: Workbook (Treatments That Work) by Craske, Michelle G. and Barlow, David H. 2006 Oxford University Press: New York
This is a workbook allowing you to work on exercises by two of the best know researchers in the field.

Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks. Third Edition. Wilson, Reid. 2009 Harper Collins Publishers: New York
A comprehensive self-help approach to treating Panic Disorder.

Stop Obsessing: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions (Revised Edition). Foa, Edna B and Wilson, Reid. 2001 Bantam Paperbacks
This book provides concrete guidance for overcoming OCD.

The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Hyman, Bruce M. and Pedrick, Cherry. 2005 New Harbinger Publications
A workbook format which allows you to work with your own symptoms of OCD.

Dying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety & Phobia. Markway, Barbara G., Pollard, Alec C., Flynn, Teresa, and Carmin, Cheryl N. 1992. New Harbinger Publications
A well-written book providing guidance for coping with Social Phobia.


Institutional and personal stigma can interfere with getting needed help by creating an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Learn how to stop focusing on worse case scenarios when it comes to seeking health resources needed to cope with PTSD, depression and other challenges. Click on the arrow to view a list of additional resources.





Henshaw, Stephen P. 2007. The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for Change (Hardcover). Oxford University Press.
A highly intelligent and comprehensive book on the subject of mental illness and stigma.