Certificate in Military Counseling


"All of the guest speakers shared their expertise; more importantly communicated their enthusiasm for assisting military servicemen and women in need."
-  Certificate Graduate Julienne A. Ugalde

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"With this experience, [I] plan to volunteer in Veteran's Affairs in the Boston area and hope to find a position working with veteran families with a special focus on children."
- Certificate Graduate Kiana Robinson

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Soldier with childThis program is not currently enrolling new students.

Over 2 million service members have been stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan over the past 15 years of the Global War on Terror. With the drawdown underway, veterans are returning to our communities with unique experiences and needs. Massachusetts differs from other state that have numerous bases, so many of our citizen soldiers will be seeking services in their communities.

This post-baccalaureate certificate program will teach you how to establish relationships with veterans and their family members in a culturally sensitive manner. It is ideal for individuals who want to gain valuable new skills and insights, as well as for organizations that wish to offer high-quality professional development to groups of employees.

Learning Objectives

  1. To learn the beliefs, values, and rituals rendering the military experience as distinct from the civilian experience.
  2. To be exposed to multiple types of service (combat, peacekeeping, natural disaster relief, garrison life, etc.).
  3. To see military culture from the standpoint of the service member, spouse, or partner, and their children.
  4. To use trauma-informed principles when working with clients with military backgrounds.

Certificate Program Coordinators

Linda T. (Lynn) Sanford is a Professor of Trauma-Informed Social Work at Wheelock College. She has worked as a military social worker on Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, Joint Base Elmendorft Richardson (Army) in Alaska, and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Japan. Sanford has 30 years of clinical experience working with survivors and perpetrators of trauma before becoming a military social worker. She is the author of "Strong Are the Broken Places: Building Resiliency in the Lives of Survivors" (1990, 2004) and "The Silent Children" (1980).

Dr. Shirley Malone Fenner is Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Director of the Wheelock Center for Excellence for Military Children and Families. She is a clinical and developmental psychologist with a specialty in PTSD. She is a military veteran and has extensive clinical experience working with service members and military-connected children and families. Since the creation of the Wheelock Center of Excellence for Military Children and Families, she has partnered with the National Guard, the Military Child Education Coalition, and the Department of Defense to provide programming for service providers working with returning veterans and their families.

Please note that this is NOT a certificate program in gold standard clinical protocols such as Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, or Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury.

Sponsored by the Wheelock College Center of Excellence for Military Children and Families and the Wheelock College Social Work Department.

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