Military and Veteran CultureGraduate Certificate

Veteran culture and military social work certificate online

A certificate for helping professionals working with veterans and the military community

Human service organizations are recognizing a heightened need to provide specialized services to military personnel, veterans, and their families. To be effective in service provision, helping professionals benefit from understanding military and veteran culture. This certificate is designed to equip you with the framework and skills necessary to address the unique needs of members in the military community.

The Graduate Certificate in Military and Veteran Culture is designed for professionals working for non-military organizations who provide services for active and veteran military members and their families. As a student in the program, you will:

  • Gain specialized clinical training with members of the military, including active duty, veterans, and military families.
  • Identify and demonstrate the ability to assess common clinical diagnoses, interventions, and treatments within the military community.
  • Identify contemporary issues facing active and veteran military members, and critically evaluate intervention strategies for implementation.

Important Note: This program will no longer be available after Fall 2021. Students who have not completed SOWK 642 during or prior to Spring 2021 and SOWK 640 during or prior to Summer 2021 will not be eligible to enroll or complete this certificate.

Study online with experienced military professionals

Learn from military personnel and other professionals with significant military and industry experience who bring their knowledge to the online classroom.

Students interested in a military social work certificate will find the curriculum is designed to focus on the intricacies involved in working with veterans and members of the military community. Learn how to:

  • Identify characteristics of military culture, branches, and generational differences.
  • Analyze the current support structures and resources within the military culture.
  • Recognize and apply appropriate interventions to address common behavioral health conditions among active and veteran military members.
  • Apply the biopsychosocial assessment model to multiple diagnoses.
  • Investigate treatments for common diagnoses within the military culture including: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), substance abuse, and suicide.
  • Differentiate multiple alternative therapies used within the military culture.

Gain specialized training to better serve those who served

Helping professionals with a more comprehensive understanding of the dynamics and norms in the military system can better differentiate approaches and treatments that cater to the specific needs of this population. Be prepared by studying topics such as:

  • The dynamics of women in the military
  • Working with those affected by trauma
  • Substance abuse
  • Social problems
  • Homelessness
  • Disabilities
  • Military benefits
  • Mental health services
  • Separation of military families
  • Reintegration
  • Housing services
  • The VA system
  • Military history
  • Ethical decision making in military social work

This graduate certificate may be a good fit for students working as human development and family studies professionals, licensed and family therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and social workers. Whether you already work in the helping field, or would like to expand your practice or career, this three-course online certificate will help you gain the knowledge and skills to meet your goals.

Apply credits toward your master's degree

Courses can be taken independently of the Master of Social Work, or can be applied to the M.S.W. degree program as electives that will provide curricular focus in social work with veterans, military members, and their families.

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