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Of the 2.8 million individuals deployed to serve the U.S. in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001, it is estimated that up to 20 percent experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and up to 15 percent experience depression. In addition, 44 percent have difficulty adjusting to civilian life and nearly half experience strains in family life.1
A clear and urgent need exists to provide high-quality mental health services for veterans and military personnel. The Military and Veterans Counseling specialization within the Clinical Mental Health concentration responds to this need by training culturally responsive counselors who are prepared to address the unique behavioral health needs of active-duty military personnel and veterans. Courses cover topics such as the assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders, how to counsel military couples and families, and military-to-veteran transition.
Students can complete the M.Ed. in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health and a specialization in Military and Veterans Counseling in as few as three years (60 credit hours), including a one-semester practicum (100 clock hours)* and a two-semester internship (600 clock hours). The practicum and internship experiences allow students to apply their knowledge and skills in actual counseling practice with military and veteran clients under the supervision of licensed field supervisors and program faculty.
*In addition to the hours conducted in the field site placement, students will have additional synchronous supervision and course requirements.
The Military and Veterans Counseling specialization is offered within our Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, which is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
As such, it provides students with all the basic classroom and clinical instruction that Virginia and most states require for licensure as a professional counselor. That said, we encourage students to review any additional requirements for their intended field or state.
William & Mary has been delivering a world-class education for more than three centuries. Our name is synonymous not only with excellence, as evidenced by our consistently high rankings by U.S. News & World Report,2 but also with diversity, one of the core values of both the university as a whole and the School of Education. To our online counseling programs, we welcome those from all backgrounds, including those with or without military experience.
In an online counseling program, communication and guidance are key. Our award-winning faculty members are your committed allies, mentors and teachers as you embark on the path toward becoming a professional counselor. Take advantage of their expertise in areas such as military challenges, marriage and family counseling, critical race theory in counselor education, spirituality and meditation, violence prevention and intervention, and legal issues in counseling.
Spring 2020 Term
Spring 2020 Term