Volume 5 Issue 2 2009


Park Gyun Yeo
Assistant Professor, Department of Moral Education Gyeongsang National University, South Korea.

Abstract The contemporary generation of Korean soldiers has faced greater difficulties than its predecessors in adjusting mentally to military life. Prominent problems include relationship conflicts, perceived incompatibility with military culture, depression, internet addiction, violence, and extreme cases that have resulted in suicide. Hence, the military authorities have realized the critical importance of counseling for soldiers, and have implemented several countermeasures. Military counseling concerns activities both within and outside the armed forces aimed at solving the psychological problems of soldiers. Due to technical and personal limitations within the armed forces, collaboration with civilian groups is essential. The Korean Association of Counseling Professionals (KACP) conducted counseling education for about 1,000 primary officers in 2006. Encouragingly, not only was the response from senior officers very positive but also the rate of soldiers committing suicide was reduced following the implementation of the program. The principles of this program are elaborated through four stages- 1) 'Epoché in phenomenology' which concerns opening the mind and removing mental bias, 2) 'Approach', 3)' Collective problem solving' and 4) 'Changing the mind.' The authors call this the '4 stages of counseling program (EAST-C model).
Keywords Military counseling, evaluation scale, counseling education, internet addiction, violence, military leaders, 4 stages of counseling program (EAST-C model)
Year 2009
Volume 5
Issue 2
Type Short Report
Recognized by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, HEC
Category "Y"
Journal Name IBT Journal of Business Studies
Publisher Name ILMA University
Jel Classification -
ISSN no (E, Electronic) 2409-6520
ISSN no (P, Print) 2416-8393
Country Pakistan
City Karachi
Institution Type University
Journal Type Open Access
Manuscript Processing Blind Peer Reviewed
Format PDF
Paper Link
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