Certificate in Working with Military and their Families

Post Master's Certificate in Working with the Military and their Families (CWMF)

The country's 21.2 million veterans and 3.6 million military personnel (including active duty and reserves) are facing unprecedented challenges with emotional problems, coping with trauma, suicide, unemployment, homelessness, reintegration, adolescent and family issues, domestic violence, traumatic brain injury or physical disabilities. 

The need has never been greater . . . 

  • 1 out of every 13 citizens of the United States have served in our military
  • 1 out of 5 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is diagnosed with PTSD
  • The suicide rates of veteran VA users is nearly twice that of the general population. Some 8,000 veterans are thought to die by suicide each year, about 22 per day (Veterans Affairs, 2012)
  • Military service can affect the family also—research has found that adolescent children of military parents have greater emotional and behavioral problems than other adolescents without military parents (SAMHSA, 2012)
  • 1 soldier in 9 exits the Army for mental disorders.

Demand for qualified mental health professionals working with military populations is high . . .

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for mental health professionals with training in treating military and veteran populations will increase over the next decade
  • The Military Times reports an urgent demand for civilian providers who are equipped to handle the military community’s needs. 
  • Only 8% of Tricare (healthcare for the military community) professionals scored well for military cultural competency.

The CWMF is a post-master's level certificate available to any professional with an advanced degree in the fields of mental or medical health.

The program offers intense, personalized training with convenient, online course work—all taught by top faculty and military experts. This program is equivalent to 12 semester credit hours meeting the educational requirements for advanced practice specialty credentials through NASW. Professions other than social work should check with their professional associations for advanced credentialing with military populations.  This program is eligible for all professional mental health CEU’s. 

Our Military Certificate Curriculum Provides:

  • Intense, personalized 9 month training program with convenient, online course work—all taught by top faculty and military experts
  • Knowledge and application of innovative evidence based treatments working with PTSD, substance abuse, transition issues, life skills, financial planning, depression, anxiety, suicide, traumatic brain injury and other trauma related subjects
  • An ability to develop advocacy plans and programs addressing  veterans biopsychosocial needs
  • Learn how to help veterans through policy and process education
  • Learning specialized for civilian and veteran students
  • Course interaction and exercises to simulate military processes
  • Opportunity to create your employment niche with service populations though career planning or creating a program in veteran services

On completion, students will possess critical competencies and skills to:

  • Engage, assess, intervene with members of the military and families
  • Deliver military-competent services, develop military programming for your agency and open your career to access new employment opportunities with military members or veterans.
  • Advocate for social and economic equanimity, well-being and appropriate service delivery for members of the military

Successful completion of the certificate program allows government agencies, organizations and all others who work with service members to know that the professional is competent to provide evidence-based clinical services to military service members, veterans and their families.

Program Cost

Working with the Military and their Families Certificate
(Program consists of six online classes and can be completed in 9 months

*Student Fees


$   210*


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