Advanced Theory of Social Welfare Practice: Military Social Work

Description: Lecture, two and one half hours. Designed for second-year M.S.W. students. Foundational understanding of contemporary issues being experienced by U.S. service members, veterans, and their families, following longest wars in U.S. history. Exploration of different modes of military service and identities (i.e., active duty, National Guard, Reserve, and veteran) along with correlative issues for family members. Examination of family life cycles and military policies and approach to families. Use of trauma-informed practice lens to focus on working with veteran community of all campaigns, as well as current military members and their families. Discussion of military and veteran policies, programs, and practices in context of both social work theory and research, as basis for military social work practice at direct service and policy practice levels. Vicarious trauma, care for caregivers, and provider self-care also addressed. Letter grading.

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