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Provide Military and Veterans Mental Health Services to Those in Need

Of the 2.8 million individuals deployed to serve the U.S. in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001, it is estimated between 13 to 20 percent experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 10 to 15 percent experience depression, 19 to 23 percent have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), 44 percent have difficulty adjusting to civilian life and 48 percent experience strains in family life.1

A clear and dire need exists to provide high-quality mental health services for veterans and military personnel. The Military and Veterans Counseling specialization at William & Mary is designed to fill this gap 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 Military and Veterans Counseling specialization 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 acquired knowledge and skills in actual counseling practice with military and veteran clients under the supervision of licensed field supervisors and program faculty.

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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.

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Earn Your Master’s From a "Public Ivy"

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.

Engage With Faculty Who Truly Care

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.

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Priority Application Deadline

June 14
Fall 2019 Term

Application Deadline

August 9
Fall 2019 Term

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