Military Social Work Practice

Five-year-old Maddie Lovell, right, clings to her father, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jacob Lovell, of 585th Military Police Company, during a welcome home ceremony, at Marysville High School, in Marysville, Ohio, Aug. 13, 2010. Lovell and about 170 other Soldiers, of 585th Military Police Company returned home, from the unit's first deployment, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, after training over 500 Iraqi Police officers, conducting anti-terrorism and force protection missions, and providing Provost Marshall law enforcement, in Iraq's Anbar Province. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sean Mathis/Released)The certificate program in Military Social Work Practice prepares master’s students in both the Clinical and APP concentrations to provide individualized services to military personnel and their families.

Military social workers assess, diagnose and treat patients with complex medical and mental health needs, provide assistance with transition from active duty to civilian life, work to prevent homelessness, provide case management services and crisis management with supportive services across the continuum of care. Cultural competence is critical to successful outcomes with this population, as many of the challenges faced and needs that arise are specifically related to outcomes due to their time and experiences in service.