HST032: Purpose and Meaning with Dr. Aaron James Smith

This is the 8th episode of the Veteran Mental Health Boot Camp, a series of podcasts that is looking at all aspects of Veteran Mental Health. Check out the first episode and all episodes as they’re released by going here

Summary:

Dr. Aaron James Smith is a United States Marine and Associate Professor at Western Washington University. His focus is on military veterans and Existential Psychotherapy.

IN THIS PARTICULAR EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Aaron’s journey from the Marines to Veteran Mental Health
  • Lack of conversation about purpose and meaning in veteran mental health
  • Logotherapy and Viktor Frankl
  • Identifying the future in order to deal with the past
  • Three tenets of logotherapy: Freedom of Will, Will to Meaning, and Meaning of Life
  • Veterans already have the knowledge to heal, they just need help to become aware of it
  • Posttrauamtic Growth
  • Veterans and awareness of their own mortality

LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

The Warrior Wellness Lab at Western Washington University

Aaron’s LinkedIn profile

Man’s Search for Meaning: Viktor Frankl

The Doctor and the Soul: Viktor Frankl

Gift of Therapy: Irvin Yalom

Staring At The Sun: Irvin Yalom

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