Treatment Strategies for Returning Troops
All Continuing Education Certificate courses may be taken as either certificate courses or as stand-alone Continuing Education courses. Prerequisites must be observed.
Since 9/11, approximately 2.1 million troops have served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND). California has one of the highest numbers of deployed, wounded, and seriously wounded service members. 30,000 service members come back to California yearly - more than the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can adequately serve. A RAND Corporation report in 2008 estimated that 300,000 vets suffer from PTSD, anxiety or major depressive symptoms. An additional 320,000 may have experienced a traumatic brain injury. Experts estimate that it usually takes about a year to re-stabilize after coming back but one's family can be deeply impacted in that time.
This new certificate program is designed to provide mental health providers, family members, educators, school counselors, VA program staff at colleges and universities, and advocates at the many organizations who serve our veterans with the information and skills they need to address the pertinent issues affecting our returning troops. Taught by experts from the VA and the National Center for PTSD, the curriculum includes the latest empirically-supported treatment methods endorsed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Certificate requirements: A minimum of 50 hours is required. This includes three core courses, one treatment method, and at least three electives. Additional treatment methods may be taken as electives. New electives will be available in each catalog and different core courses are offered throughout the year.
1. Working with Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan: Exploring the Psychological Impact of War and its Unique Treatment Considerations
2. Integrated Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT): An Effective, Evidence-Based Therapy for OEF/OIF Veterans and their Partners
3. The Difficult Journey Home: Promoting Resilience in Families during and after Deployment
Treatment Methods (choose one)*
Each participant must complete the full training in one of the following treatment methods:
A. Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD: Overview, Implementation, and Consultation
B. Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD: Overview, Implementation, and Consultation
C. PTSD and Substance Abuse in Veterans - Seeking Safety: Overview and Implementation
D. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Part I and Part II plus Consultation
Treatment Method A
Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD: An Overview
Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD: Implementation
Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD: Case Discussion
Women in the Military: What You Need to Know to Provide Effective Treatment
Exploring the Psychological Impact of War & Its Unique Treatment Considerations
Military Culture: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals
The Neurobiology of Trauma: Using Mindfulness interventions to Treat PTSD
Military Sexual Trauma (MST) in Veterans: Assessment & Treatment Considerations
*Additional treatment method courses may be taken as electives. New electives will be available in each catalog. Treatment Methods are offered throughout the year.
Discount Available! Enroll in three classes in this series at one time and receive10 percent off each class.
Certificate Series Enrollment
The certificate program enrollment fee is $35. Please submit a Certificate Program Enrollment form on or before registering for your second course in the series. You will have three years to complete your course work from the date of your enrollment. Click here to submit your Certificate Program Enrollment online or use the downloadable enrollment form available under "Related Downloads" on the right side of this page.
Certificate Series Completion
After you have completed the all the courses needed to fulfill the certificate requirements, please complete and submit a Certificate Verification form, available under “Related Downloads” on the right side of this page. Please allow six weeks for your course work to be reviewed and a certificate to be issued to you.
Frequently Asked Questions are available under "Related Downloads" on the right side of this page.