by Jim Bisco
This was originally published in the UB School of Social Work magazine Mosaics, Spring 2015 issue
Research investigates effect shelter dog rehabilitation has on combat veterans
Those normally part of the bustling traffic of the UB Student Union were halted in their hurried tracks during a lunchtime last year by the presence of two shelter dogs at an exhibit table. They were, in a sense, manning an exhibit for an organization called Dog Tags Niagara with their human companions who were military veterans.
Jacob Silver, a junior in biomedical sciences, was among those who paused. A Marine Corps veteran himself carrying on his education after two tours in Afghanistan, he struck up a conversation with Mike, an Iraq war veteran dealing with transition and adjustment to civilian life, who proceeded to explain how Dog Tags turned his life around, and how it’s doing the same for fellow vets experiencing the after-effects of combat. The dogs looked as though they wanted to extol the benefits of the program as well.
Jewell, a (deaf) rescue dog
Thinking the mission of Dog Tags Niagara would make for a highly relevant research project, the pre-med student began to send emails out to various UB departments, eventually grabbing the attention of SSW Research Professor Thomas Nochajski.
compiled by Pat Shelly
Part One: Clinical Titles on Trauma and Treatment
Do you want to advance your knowledge of trauma this summer? Have you been meaning to actually read a classic in the field, such as Herman’s Trauma and Recovery? Do you find learning about a clinical condition is enriched through fictional accounts?
Then I have two lists for you! This week, I offer a dozen titles on clinical aspects of trauma.
Culled from reading lists, online discussion groups, and recommendations from University at Buffalo faculty, I gave priority to those titles from major academic social work publishers. The list reflects a range of disciplines among its authors. Of note: the most recent titles include special attention to issues with those who served in the military and military families.
Part Two: Trauma in Fiction will be posted on August 13th. Novels often include critical social and political issues, and some even include characters who are social workers.
I hope you find this list useful and that your summer allows lots of time for reading!
To start off this brand-new SocialWorkSynergy blog and provide you with an invaluable resource, this first post will provide you with access to the UB School of Social Work’s rich collection of resources on trauma.
These essential trauma tools include :