Special Ops: Service Members, Veterans, and Families (SMVF)

This 6-8 course, 18-24 credit online Special Ops: Service Members, Veterans, and Families (SMVF) program provides training for individuals in the human services field, arming them with knowledge of relevant issues facing Service Members, Veterans, and their Families. With over 1.9 million U.S. Service members deployed since 2001 and an increased role for service providers in the civilian sector, there is a growing need for human services professionals who are well versed in SMVF issues and rehabilitation techniques. Providers should have competence in military culture and the physical and psychological effects of war with an emphasis on prevention, assessment, and intervention. This program employs a culturally responsive and strengths-based framework to build relationships and effectively engage and empower SMVF to find effective solutions to the specific issues they face.

Students will gain knowledge about service-related injuries, disabilities, and treatment including specialized knowledge about polytrauma, blast injury and other service related issues. Above all you will gain an increased sensitivity to the barriers and special considerations for SMVF in the navigation process and understand how to employ a comprehensive roadmap to assist SMVF clients with enrollment in various care systems, as well as access to care and benefits. With all of the faculty having professional experience working in Veterans, this program provides students with real world knowledge and skills to help them navigate the SMVF system.

The Special Ops: SMVF Counseling Certification program at Assumption College offers two different certification tracks - Certificate of Graduate Study (C.G.S.) and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) 

Prerequisites:

B.A. or B.S. (with a 3.0 overall GPA) for admission in the Special Ops: SMVF Program Certificate of Graduate Study (C.G.S.) — 24 credits

M.A. or M.S. for admission in the Special Ops: SMVF Program Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) — 18 credits

C.G.S. Courses:

  • HRS 210:  Medical Aspects of Chronic Illness & Disability (or equivalent/approved experience)
  • HRS 330: Interviewing Techniques in Human Services & Rehabilitation Studies (or equivalent/approved experience)
  • SOP 700: Basic Training: Foundations of Working with Service Members, Veterans, and Families (SMVF)
  • SOP 710:  Disability & Treatment: Polytrauma
  • SOP 715:  Disability & Treatment: Physical, Sensory and Psychiatric
  • SOP 720: Systems Navigation for SMVF
  • SOP 730: Counseling Interventions & Strategies with SMVF
  • SOP 740: Strengthening Resilience for the SMVF

C.A.G.S. Courses:

  • SOP 700: Basic Training: Foundations of Working with Service Members, Veterans, and Families (SMVF)
  • SOP 710:  Disability & Treatment: Polytrauma
  • SOP 715:  Disability and Treatment: Physical, Sensory & Psychiatric
  • SOP 720: Systems Navigation for SMVF
  • SOP 730: Counseling Interventions & Strategies with SMVF
  • SOP 740: Strengthening Resilience for the SMVF

If you have any questions about the Special Ops: SMVF Program please contact Nicholas Cioe, Ph.D., CRC, CBIST at nj.cioe@assumption.edu 

First Cohort Begins May 2019