Paula Boros and co-presenters Alexandra Alfaro and Tuyet Nguyen are currently PhD students at Nova Southeastern University. Their combined experiences cover a wide variety of settings in diverse ranges of populations. Specifically, Ms. Boros has extensive experience within the military, having served in the US Army for several years..
There has been a recent spike in media coverage regarding military personnel shootings. These incidents have a tendency to leave the public wondering if military service plays a role in this violence. Further, could experiences in the military lead to shifts in a person’s character? In this study, researchers are interested in investigating the effects of military service on personality and psychological well-being. A quantitative one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was conducted involving 6660 total participants—4846 of which report having never served in the military and 1814 report that they have served on active duty. Findings are later discussed, along with implications for research on military systems and their surrounding, overlapping systems. Researchers also argue that extension of this research should be done to further explain the effects of military service on personality and psychological well-being, as well as the effects they may have on individuals and families. Researchers conclude by highlighting the possibility of clinical therapeutic intervention as having a positive impact on military personnel and their systems. Brief Poster Description: There has been a recent spike in media coverage regarding military personnel shootings. In this study, researchers utilize quantitative one-way analysis of variance to investigate the effects of military service on personality and psychological well-being. Later, we review findings and discussions including implications for research on surrounding systems and clinical practice.
Mara Fantinati completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Bologna University of Psychology and the Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapy studies at Studi Cognitivi Psychotherapy Training Institute and Research Centre. For 10 years, she worked at the Villa Igea Psychiatric Hospital in Modena, leading DBT psychotherapy groups. She perfected the study of trauma and dissociation at the Trauma Unit (Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London-UK) and at the Centre for Behaviour Research and Therapy (DABATEM, Istanbul-TR). She is a member of Trauma Research Group at Studi Cognitivi and of Italian Company Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (SITCC) and of Italian Association EMDR.
Bereavement and grief are perhaps the only traumatic event that is common to us all. Bereavement itself is a traumatic event, sharing many of the broader features of disturbances related to trauma. Grief is a process, which requires careful management at any age. Nowadays, there is a trend in psychotherapy of improving treatment outcomes whilst reducing treatment times. An integrated approach helps practitioners work with this contemporary context. This research project aims to assess how this integration can be achieved for adults and children, and the effectiveness of the treatment in a public day hospital setting. Much importance has been given to the inclusion of group therapy as representative of positive psychology and also to EMDR as an individual therapeutic protocol for the treatment of grief as a trauma.