HST068 Combat Veteran Paradox with Dr. Carl Castro

Summary:

Carl Castro, PhD, joined the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work faculty in 2013 after serving 33 years in the Army, where he obtained the rank of colonel, as the research director for the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families. Castro began his military career as an infantryman in 1981. Throughout his military career, Castro has served in a variety of research and leadership positions, including commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Europe in Heidelberg, Germany; chief of the Department of Military Psychiatry at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C.; and director of the Military Operational Medicine Research Program, Headquarters, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick, Md. Castro has completed two tours in Iraq and peacekeeping missions to Bosnia and Kosovo.

He is currently chair of a NATO research group on military mental health training and serves as an advisor for several Department of Defense research panels focused on psychological health. Castro has authored more than 150 scientific articles and reports in numerous research areas. His current research efforts focus on assessing the effects of combat and operations tempo (OPTEMPO) on soldier, family and unit readiness, and evaluating the process of service members’ transitions from military to civilian life.

Castro has been recognized for his contributions in the field, most recently as a recipient of the 2017 Charles S. Gersoni Military Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association.

In This Particular Episode You Will Learn:

  • Carl’s Background and Experience
  • Transition Stress
  • Meaning and Purpose
  • Post-military change
  • Combat Veteran Paradoxes:
    • Safety Paradox
    • Silence Paradox
    • Courage Paradox
    • Intimacy Paradox
  • The need to have two stories
  • Sensitivity to judgement
  • Connecting to others
  • Going slowly

Links Mentioned in This Episode:

The USC Center for Innovation and Research on Military & Veteran Families

The Combat Veteran Paradox on the Head Space and Timing Blog

 

 

 

 

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Duane K. L. France is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a mental health counselor practicing in the state of Colorado. Do you want to join the conversation regarding veteran mental health? Share, like, and comment. Read Duane's previous posts and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn. Keep the conversation about #veteranmentalhealth going.