This is the fifth in a series of twelve courses on serving Veteran populations.  They can be taken in order or as stand-alone courses.

Developed by: Karen Albig Smith, LMFT, LCAS, MAC, CAP, SAP, SAE
Revised 2024



Description: This module continues our discussion of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide mental health and related support services to Veterans and their families.  The approach to treatment planning and coordination of support services is critical to providing care for Veterans. In Module Four we learned about common stresses that affect Service members and Veterans and ways the VA has developed to unravel the stories about service experiences in a culturally sensitive and competent process to assess problems and needs.  In this module, we will go from assessment to the approach to care planning.  The discussion will cover the role of resilience, obstacles to help to seek, potential problems Veterans may bring for treatment, and incorporate the Veteran’s view, motivation and strengths into the planning for treatment, services and other forms of care.

Objectives: Participants will be able to:
Discuss the importance of resiliency in military culture.
Describe the common problems Veterans may present when seeking services.
Identify ways to incorporate the client's view, motivation, and strengths into assessment and planning.

CE Credits: 2 CE (NBCC Hours - 2)

CE Broker #:  (HS) 20-562301 (OL) 20-562307

Hour One:  Resiliency in military culture
Hour Two:  Common presenting problems, incorporating client view into services.

Methods:  Study guide, pre and posttests, evaluation, Q and A by email.

Purpose: To prepare social service (mental health, peer support, and allied professionals) practitioners to provide knowledgeable and competent intervention with Veterans and their families who present with problems and concerns related to their military service experiences.

Target Audience:  The target audience includes all Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DoD) providers, private health care professionals (to include nurses, advance practice nurses, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists) who work with Veterans and their families.

Click here to view a list of approvals for this course

Online Course

CE Broker#:
CE Credits:
2 (NBCC Hours - 2)

Filed under the following topics: