This is the third 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: The second core culture competency is the provider's ability to assess and understand the worldview of the client through asking culturally informed questions about the patient's unique experience and through the development of knowledge about the culture, in this case, military culture.  This module will introduce the elements that comprise the core competency of making culturally informed assessments of Veterans and their families and interview basics for gathering important clinical and diagnostic information.  This module describes the common stressors in military culture and their impact on Service members and Veterans across different contexts and populations. These include stressors associated with the military deployment cycle from both a Service member and family member perspective and the most common reactions related to military life stressors.

Objectives:  Participants will be able to:
1.  Describe thirteen elements of culturally informed assessments.
2.  Identify key questions for assessing Veterans and their families.
3.  Discuss how military organization and roles affect Veterans in need of healthcare.
4.  Describe common stress reactions related to military life stressors.

CE Credits: 3 CE (NBCC Hours - 3)

CE Broker #:  20-561749

Hour One:  Elements of culturally informed assessment.
Hour Two:  Key questions in assessment, Impact of military organization on care.
Hour Three: Common stress reactions, military life stressors.

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.

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Online Course

CE Broker#:
CE Credits:
3 (NBCC Hours - 3)

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