As a clinical psychologist and veteran of the War in Iraq, I can assure you that my review of the current literature has been extensive. To date, nothing published contains such extraordinary real world relevance as that which has been submitted to Algora Publishing by Dr. Scurfield….There simply is nothing else that captures the essence of the impact of war on combat veterans.
Volume 2, Healing Journeys, in and of itself contains invaluable material regarding medical evacuations, racism in war, and the terrible collusion of silence that continues to be an issue of tremendous proportion that has plagued many soldiers; issues which are rarely, if ever, addressed in other published material.
Dr. Scurfield's Vietnam Trilogy will be a tremendous service to those of us in uniform who have served, as well as those charged with providing for the psychological well-being of our combat veterans, their families, mental health professionals, and the general public. --Kathy Platoni, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist, LTC/MS/USAR
Scurfield s extensive work with Vietnam veterans in his 25+ year career with the Department of Veterans Affairs informs and enriches this work, which includes very engaging treatments of his return to Vietnam with his clients. Finally, the general public (read non veteran and non therapist) will find the treatment of the personal challenges and changes forged in war intriguing. Together these three works will provide a personalized background of where we ve been, where we went, how we got there and possible future implications for our evolving understanding of the Vietnam war and its impacts on participants, policy makers and the public. We have a long way to go to develop this understanding, but A Vietnam Trilogy is a very good place to start. --Gary E. May, Assoc. Prof. of Social Work, University of Southern Indiana, in Traumatology, Fall 2005
About the Author
Raymond Monsour Scurfield, DSW, LCSW, ACSW, is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. A Vietnam veteran, he worked for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs for 25 years and directed PTSD mental health programs in Los Angeles, Washington DC, the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii and American Samoa. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in war-related PTSD through his leadership of innovative treatment programs, 50+ publications, 250+ presentations, educational videos, national media appearances and research. His most recent publications are on racism and PTSD, and the continuing psychological impact of the events of 9/11.
Scurfield was the lead author of an article for Frontiers (fall 2003) on the award-winning study-abroad course he co-led that uniquely combined history and mental health curriculum and experiential learning. His next book (2005) details that project and includes a compelling formulation of what remains to be done concerning healing from the war indeed, any war and how to accomplish it.
Scurfield has received several outstanding university teacher awards and he was awarded the Department of Veterans Affairs Olin E. Teague award for extraordinary contributions benefiting war-injured veterans. His achievements in the study and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder have become landmarks in psychiatry.