Course Description

As U.S. service members return to their communities, they face many issues following deployment: the effects of trauma, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), family relationship strain, substance use, mental health issues, and readjustment difficulties.  Practice with the military, not unlike other facets of specialized practice, must keep in mind the unique culture of the individual within the context of their unique environment and history.

This certificate is appropriate for professional helpers, such as social workers, counselors, pastoral counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists, who are interested in developing a practice specialization with military populations within Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) settings and/or within the larger community. Participants will attain the knowledge and skills necessary to practice in settings including all armed forces or branches of DOD and with Veterans of all eras and their families in VA and non-VA settings.

Course Outline

The self-paced certificate program is offered completely online in 10 modules.

Once you have registered, you will have 6 months to complete the 10 modules beginning with Module 1 and working your way through each module. To pass each module, you must obtain 80% or more for the Module Quiz to advance to the next module. 

Completion of each module will require a commitment of approximately 2 hours for each entire module.

All modules are hosted within the CANVAS course learning management system.

Each module consists of the following essential learning elements:

  • Presentations on key concepts (video clips and slides)

  • Required readings: Articles or links to articles on key concepts

  • Knowledge Checks: Self-assessments to test your understanding

  • Discussion Forums

  • Module Quiz

  • Additional Resources


Ten Online Modules (2 hours each):

  1. Introduction to Working with Military Service Members and Veterans
    • Call to Action
    • Killing and Warriors
    • Military Culture
    • Pillars of Military Life
    • The Deployment Cycle
  2. Emotional Residuals of Military Experience
    • Biological and Neurocognitive Origins of Trauma-related Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms
    • Psychological Consequences of Military Service
    • Assessment of Post Military Disorders
  3. Empirical Treatment Approaches with Veterans, Part I
    • Signature Injury: Suicide
    • Treatment Approaches
  4. Empirical Treatment Approaches with Veterans, Part 2
    • Traumatic Grief
    • PTSD and Substance Abuse
  5. Alternative Treatment Approaches with Veterans
    • Alternative PTSD Treatments
    • Somatic Therapies: Using the Body to Heal the Mind
    • Somatic Experiencing
  6. Issues Unique to Women Veterans
    • Women Warriors and Veterans
    • Military Sexual Trauma
    • PTSD and Women Veterans
    • Intervention Strategies
  7. Issues Unique to Disabled Veterans
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Amputations
    • Burns
  8. Issues of Children of Veterans
    • Unique stressors and reactions of military children
    • Play therapy and its application to working with the military child
  9. Working with Veteran Families and Couples
    • Issues of return from deployment or discharge
    • Effects of PTSD on family members
    • Conjoint CBT
    • Emotionally focused therapy
    • Role Therapy
    • Solution-Focused Therapy
  10. Ethical Challenges of Working with Veterans
    • Competence
    • Confidentiality
    • Military Culture
    • Countertransference
    • Conflicts of Interest
    • Compensation vs Cure
    • ICD Model

Learner Outcomes

At the successful completion of the ten-module program series, you will:

  • Increase competence in meeting the public health challenge of returning service members

  • Be equipped with knowledge that informs your work with military service members, veterans, and their families


Continuing Education

Optional Social Work Continuing Education Credit:

If you are interested in receiving Social Work Continuing Education credits for any (or all) of the modules, select the "TUH CE's" Option at checkout.  There is no additional fee for the CE credit; however, the items below must be completed.

  1. Complete the Request Form at this link: CE Request Form
  2. After each module, complete the evaluation form listed in Canvas with your full first and last name.

This certificate program has been approved for 2.0 CEU's and 20 Social Work Continuing Education Hours, two of which fulfill the ethics requirement by the state licensing board. Temple University Harrisburg is a PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors pre-approved provider of continuing education. These credit hours satisfy the requirements for LSW/LCSW/LMFT/LPC biennial license renewal.

Certificates of attendance documenting continuing education hours or units will be issued by Temple University Harrisburg.


Cancellations and Refunds

All cancellation requests must be made in writing via email to Carolyn Truchon at carolyn.truchon@temple.edu and received by the Temple University Harrisburg staff before becoming effective. Please note that if the registrant does not officially withdraw from a course and does not attend the course, the registrant is still responsible for payment.  

Cancellations received ten (10) business days or more prior to the start of the scheduled course will be eligible for a full refund of fees paid.

Cancellations received nine (9) business days to one (1) business day prior to the start of the scheduled course will be subject to a cancellation charge of $10.00 for one day/session courses and $50 for multiday courses. Cancellations received less than one (1) business day prior to the start of the scheduled course will not be eligible for a refund.  



Technology competencies and requirements 

This is a self-paced course.  Participants are expected to possess a basic level of technical competency and comfort level to be successful in the program.  A computer with an Internet connection to access material through our learning management system (LMS) is required. You must also have the ability to respond to TUH staff and faculty using our learning management system, called Canvas. All students that are enrolled in our courses must understand basic computing skills sufficient to complete course work. These skills include word processing, copying and pasting, spell-checking, saving files, word count, attaching files to email, searching topics online, and using your computer’s browser. Instructors do not provide computer support or training. 

It is required that participants have the following technology access:  


  • Any of the following devices: 

  • Desktop or laptop PC (Windows, Mac, or Chromebook) 

  • Tablet or smartphone (Android or iOS) 


Any of the following supported operating systems: 

  • Microsoft Windows (Windows 7 or newer) 

  • Mac OS (10.5 or newer) 

  • Android (version 4.2 or newer) 

  • iOS (version 10 or newer) 

  • Chrome OS (most Chromebooks supported) 

Any of the following internet browsers: 

  • Google Chrome 

  • Microsoft Edge 

  • Apple Safari 

  • Mozilla Firefox 

Internet Connection: 

  • A broadband internet connection (DSL, cable, fiber, etc.) is recommended with a hardwired ethernet cable. Wireless (wi-fi) connections may be utilized but a weak or congested signal may cause issues with video buffering or content access. 

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