Hope Theory to Reduce Critical Incidents Among Soldiers

Social Work Faculty member Ric Munoz recently visited, along with Human Relations professor and Assistant Dean Chan Hellman, US Army and Air Force base Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) just outside of Seattle. The purpose of the visit was to begin training military chaplains in the usage of hope theory to reduce critical incidents among soldiers, particularly suicide. Suicide has been linked to a sense of hopelessness, which is the perception that one's goals are unattainable, no matter the degree of one's effort. Our faculty are assisting chaplains identify soldier's in such a state and then develop plans to help those soldier's have "hope." The efforts of OU faculty may potentially impact service delivery to soldiers through out the US Army.This effort shows the national impact that research and practice development at OU continues to have. Pictured above are Ric and Chan along with the 1st Chaplain Corp of JBLM.

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