Veterans’ Family Support Program

How do you support the children of a soldier? What adjustments do families face when military personnel leave or return home? If you’ve never lived a military life, then how might you connect with – and counsel – veterans and their families?

UVM Continuing Education, in partnership with the university’s College of Education and Social Services, offers a flexible, online program of three graduate courses designed to help educators, counselors, social workers, volunteers and others who support military personnel and their families.

The Veterans’ Family Support Program allows you to:

  • Take graduate courses online, available at your convenience, whenever you have the time to attend class.
  • Take courses in any order. Courses are available throughout the year. No prerequisites are required.
  • Take individual 3-credit courses or take all three graduate courses to obtain a 9-credit professional development certificate
  • Apply courses toward a master’s program in counseling, education or social work. Courses may be used to fulfill electives in graduate programs.
  • Learn from accomplished faculty with experience in counseling, education and the military.
  • Gain access to Continuing Education advisors who will help you map your educational plan.
  • Become an expert on military issues for your school or social service organization.
  • Apply courses to transform your work as a counselor, social worker, pre-K-16 teacher or administrator.
  • Take courses as part of your Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) in education.

As thousands of troops return home from Iraq and Afghanistan, communities, schools and workplaces must reshape their support systems to accommodate the special needs of veterans and their families.

Through UVM’s Veterans’ Family Support Program, you’ll obtain the knowledge to connect and work with this unique, and often marginalized, population:

  • Learn about mental health issues faced by many returning soldiers: depression and anxiety; post-traumatic stress; grief; and substance abuse.
  • Discover ways to connect with veterans and families in more isolated, rural areas.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of military culture and how it shapes the experiences of families and children.
  • Become familiar with the values, ethics, roles and philosophical underpinnings unique to military duties.
  • Learn how to navigate the resources and organizations that support and benefit veterans and their families

Read more about this course in a story from University Communications.

For more information on this sequence, call 802.656.2085 or toll-free at 800.639.3210.