HST134 – Barry Zworestine – Australian Veteran Mental Health


About Today’s Guest:

Barry Zworestine was born in Southern Rhodesia (in what is now Zimbabwe) in 1953. After a fairly uneventful schooling in which he focused more on sports than on academics, he went to university in South Africa, where he spent several years training in the field of education.

In 1976, Barry returned to Rhodesia to comply with national service requirements and was involved in the Rhodesian Bush War. On leaving the war in 1977, he spent a number of years living and working in South Africa before emigrating to Australia, where he lived for several years before settling in England for a brief period of time. After unsuccessfully attempting to mountain bike from Great Britain to Israel in 1984, Barry flew there instead and spent four years developing the British Council English Language Centre. While in Israel he developed a passion for marathon running, which then extended to ultra marathon running after he returned to South Africa to qualify as a clinical psychologist.

Barry returned to Australia in 2000, where he has remained ever since. In 2002, given his military experience and psychological qualifications, he was accepted as a contractor with a veteran organization; he still continues with this work today. He also continues to run short distances and is passionate about music. He plays the African drum, American Indian flute and the Australian didgeridoo.

In this Episode, you will learn:

  • Barry’s background and experience
  • Advances in treatment of combat trauma 
  • Similarites between combat veterans of different nations and different eras
  • Integrating the warrior with the civilian
  • Shame and guilt in the veteran population
  • Shared experiences of service members
  • Differences between veterans of different eras of service
  • Suicide in Australian veterans
  • Obligation of a nation to support veterans when they return
  • Using military language and concepts in therapy and counseling
  • Beyond PTSD

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Barry’s Web Site

Barry on Social Media:

LinkedIn

Facebook

Instagram


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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.