Nov 23, 2020
Award: Certificate (code CRT.HUS.VET-CNSL)
Total Credit Hours: 21 credit hours.
Learn more about the Veterans Counseling Certificate program
Purpose: This certificate in the emerging field of Veterans Counseling is designed for counselors, social workers, and other practicing human service professionals seeking specialized training to meet the unique needs and complex issues of military and veteran populations in the United States. In addition, paraprofessionals looking for entry-level job opportunities can benefit from the exceptional training this certificate offers. Students study the assessment and treatment of military-related psychological trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, traumatic brain injury and family counseling in military families. Students who wish to obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree in Transfer Studies may subsequently apply these credits toward the degree.
Range of Occupations
- Mental health worker
- Group home/residential counselor
- Treatment aide or counselor for persons with traumatic brain injury
- Case manager
- Rehabilitation counselor
- Job coach
Occupations can be explored further through the Virtual Careers Center.
Health Manpower Shortage: This program of study may be designated a Health Manpower Shortage Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland (see the Tuition, Fees and Payments section of this catalog) enrolled in this program of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that this program still maintains a Health Manpower Shortage Program status before enrolling. Please refer to the college’s Accounts Receivable Office to confirm this designation.
Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening
This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and possible drug screening. For complete details, see the Health Sciences section of this catalog.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all human services and fieldwork courses (HUS).
Demonstrated eligibility for ENG 111 .
Certificate Requirements: 21 credits
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Assess and treat military and veteran populations in the United States for military related psychological trauma (post-traumatic stress disorder).
- Assess and treat military and veteran populations in the United States for substance use disorders.
- Assess and treat military and veteran populations in the United States for co-occurring disorders.
- Assess and treat military and veteran populations in the United States for traumatic brain injury.
- Assess military and veteran families for the need for counseling.
- Assess the bio-psycho-social needs and complex issues of military and veteran populations in the United States.
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