Title

Restorative Social Communication: Reconnecting the Military Service Member with Self, Family and the Community

Date of Award

8-14-2011

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Applied Communication

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Organiz & Prof Communication

Advisor

Suzanne Snider

Keywords

Social Communication; Military; Reintegration; Post-Traumatic Stress; Trauma Brain Injury; Restorative Communication; dialogue; coaching

Abstract

Since October 2001, approximately 1.64 million military service members have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of the war on terrorism. The impacts of these deployments have taken a toll on our military, their families and the communities in which they live. Over one-third of those serving are struggling with unspoken wounds of war, including social communication deficits. This Capstone Project includes the creation and implementation of a survey to gain an idea of the social communication needs of returning service members and veterans. The goal of this Capstone Project is to create a business plan for a Restorative Social Communication Program that supports military service members and veterans in reintegrating and reconnecting with society.

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