Develop the confidence, qualifications, and critical thinking skills necessary to advance as a mental health professional with a master’s in clinical mental health counseling.
Help families cope with the complex emotional challenges of military life with a specialization in Military Families and Culture. Explore the nuances of military culture as well as the common hardships associated with the military lifestyle—from prolonged separation and combat-related injuries to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Coursework in this specialization also examines considerations and best practices for counseling active military personnel, veterans, spouses, and children.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.
|Course Code||COUN 6404||Course||Military Culture||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||COUN 6406||Course||Working with Military Spouses, Families, and Children||Credits||(5 cr.)|
In this course, students are provided with an overview of military culture. The focus of this course is on understanding military work culture, the sociocultural identity development of military personnel, the experience of military families, support for military personnel and their families, and socioeconomic and other lifestyle challenges for military personnel. After completing this course, students will be more informed about the mental health and social support needs of these populations.
The nature of military work responsibilities impacts not only military personnel but their families as well. Frequent relocations, extended deployments, parent-child separation, and high-risk jobs all contribute to unique family dynamics. This course is designed to educate students about the experience and unique support needs of military personnel and their families.
*You can focus on a general counseling area and complete your field experience before the Military Families and Culture courses or focus on a specific area of Military Families and Culture and complete your field experience after your specialization coursework.