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War touches us all -- leaving visible and invisible wounds on the warriors who fight, disrupting their families and communities, and leaving lasting imprints on our national psyche. In spite of billions spent on psychological care and reintegration programs, we face an epidemic of combat-related conditions such as PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) . With Warrior's Return, Dr. Edward Tick presents a powerful case for changing the way we welcome our veterans back from service -- a vision and a path for transforming the wounds of war into sources of wisdom, honor, and growth.

After more than 35 years of working with veterans, Dr. Tick has learned that our conventional ways of addressing the trauma and woundings of war fall far short, usually focusing only on symptoms and temporary relief. Drawing on lessons from cross-cultural wisdom, mythical archetypes, and proven methods from psychology, he offers this book as a valuable resource to help families, caregivers, and returning veterans understand and cope with the life-changing effects of combat, including:

Re-examining PTSD -- why we must expand our understanding of the full psychological and spiritual impact of war's invisible woundsArchetype of the warrior -- service in combat as a "journey to the underworld," and why the return home is the most crucial stageThe warrior's path -- timeless wisdom from tradition, classical philosophy, great leaders, and religious and mythological sourcesHow cultures around the world have welcomed home their returning warriors for centuries -- and what we can learn from themThe warrior's initiation -- how the old self dies on the battlefield and a new, more mature self evolves in its placeRestoration -- methods for overcoming disillusionment and soul-fatigue to restore the warrior's sense of purpose, motivation, and connectionComing home -- specific steps for reintegrating our warriors back into our families and communities Honor -- how a warrior can retain personal integrity and self-respect even when they have participated in a war they don't believe inForgiveness, reconciliation, and atonement -- ways for warriors to close the circle and begin healing what was destroyed



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Edward Tick

Edward Tick, Ph.D., is Founding Director of the non-profit Soldier's Heart, Inc. Honored for his groundbreaking work in the spiritual, holistic and community-based healing of veterans and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dr. Tick has been a psychotherapist for 39 years, specializing in working with veterans since the 1970s. Dr. Tick is an internationally recognized educator and expert on veterans, PTSD, and the psychology of military-related issues and has conducted trainings, retreats and workshops across the country and overseas. He has lectured and trained staff and worked with wounded warriors at West Point, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Forts Hood, Knox, Bragg, and other Dept. of Defense facilities. The Department of Defense now uses his pioneering work and he was the U.S. Army's 2012 trainer for its annual Chaplain Sustainment Training in PTSD.He is a tireless advocate for war-healing and peace-making, lecturing around the world and leading semi-annual educational, healing and reconciliation journeys to Viet Nam and Greece.Dr. Tick is a gifted healer, teacher and guide specializing in using psycho-spiritual, cross-cultural, and international reconciliation practices to bring healing and hope to veterans, communities and nations recovering from the traumas of war and violence.



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