Course Descriptions

SOP 700: Basic Training: Foundations of Working with Service Members, Veterans and Families (SMVF)
This course covers the foundational information required of culturally responsive professionals to work effectively with Service Members, Veterans and their Families (SMVF). The course provides students with an understanding of military culture that includes the important military lexicon, branches, structure, rank system and rituals. The course employs a developmental framework when considering military family life which may include multiple deployments. The effects of war on service members and their families is examined and the important transition back to civilian life is covered. An overview of service-related injuries is included in this course including deployment-related trauma. The course introduces a number of SMVF content areas such as LGBT military members, sexual assault, suicide and suicide prevention, substance abuse and prevention, homelessness and family secondary trauma. A military immersion experience is a requirement of this course. 

SOP 710: Disability & Treatment: Polytrauma
This course covers injuries associated with “Polytrauma” including extensive information related to the three hallmarks of polytrauma: brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and chronic pain. The course covers information regarding the prevalence, symptoms, and characteristics associated with polytrauma injuries with an emphasis on treatment modalities and skill development to guide treatment planning to mitigate disabilities related to polytrauma.

SOP 715: Disability and Treatment: Physical, Sensory and Psychiatric 
This course covers service-related injuries, disabilities and chronic illnesses. Specifically, the course is focused on physical, sensory and psychiatric disorders acquired via military service. The course covers both historic and present-day disorders dating back to the Vietnam War era. Characteristics, including functional limitations and vocational implications, of disorders such as traumatic amputations, musculoskeletal injuries, burn injuries, hearing impairments, visual impairments, chemical, biological and radiological exposure, infectious diseases, depression, substance use disorders, blast-related injuries and the psychological impact of physical and mental torture. Treatment modalities employed for these disorders are covered along with prevention strategies to prevent secondary disabilities. 

SOP 720: Systems Navigation for SMVF 
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the VA integrated health care system. The distinct and specialized medical facilities, clinics, benefit offices and systems that are specifically developed to serve service members, veterans, and their families will also be covered. This course will provide the necessary knowledge, skill and expertise to determine priority groups and eligibility for services as well as determining benefits and assisting SMVF with enrolling, navigating and accessing care and benefits. A case management approach will be emphasized to prepare professionals for the coordination of appropriate benefits, treatment and care for SMVF.

SOP 730: Counseling Interventions & Strategies with SMVF
This course covers the competencies needed to develop and practice the appropriate, relevant and sensitive strategies to work with SMVF. This course employs a culturally sensitive and strengths-based framework to build relationships and effectively engage and empower SMVF to find effective solutions to the specific issues faced. Solution-focused techniques, interventions and strategies will be covered and practiced with the goal of short-term counseling and therapy. Long-term strategies will also be covered for diagnoses requiring more intense counseling interventions. An integrated healthcare approach with a focus on lifestyle oriented interventions to promote whole person health and wellness will be emphasized when working with SMVF. 

SOP 740: Strengthening Resilience for SMVF
This course provides strong grounding in theories about stress and resilience that have a connection to practice with SMVF. The stress and resilience research and theoretical underpinnings will be covered and best practices that build resiliency skills in the helping professional as well as SMVF will be examined. This course employs a trauma-informed, strengths-based, lifespan and ecological framework to develop the skills necessary to assist SMVF to cultivate post traumatic growth as a result of the profound demands, stressors and traumatic events associated with the military experience. The course emphasizes evidence-based strategies for the prevention of adverse outcomes after traumatic experiences.