The Institute for Veteran Cultural Studies is a privately held, international provider of continuing education (CE) and professional development courses for those in the helping professions that work with military members, veterans, and their respective families. Courses presented by the Institute are currently designed, researched, written, and taught by not only veterans, but by highly qualified civilian mental health, organizational development, and psychology professionals dedicated to improving the quality of services provided to our men and women in and out of uniform. Our students include licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, and those in human service support roles that desire a high-quality education in veteran cultural competency. We also intermittently conduct independent theoretical research on acculturation and the transition process from a multicultural perspective and publish our findings and opinions on matters concerning veteran and military family reintegration. Meet our team.
Training Solutions for Mental Health and Social Service Professionals
Our sociocultural training courses for mental health and social service professionals on military and veteran cultural topics are taught from an experiential viewpoint through an interdisciplinary approach. It is our hope that this educational endeavor will foster institutional change, allow participants to engage in critical thinking and scholarship in the veterans’ affairs arena, as well as provide a platform to challenge the existing systemic and cultural dysfunction surrounding the reintegration and acculturation of veterans and their families in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and abroad. We love to think outside the box, and our training programs are highly unique and like no other programs currently being offered anywhere. Grounded in historical and present day research, combined with an interdisciplinary and scholarly lens, and crafted through real-world experience in navigating post-military resources, our courses are as in-depth and real as it gets in the classroom. Read about it here.
Setting Higher Standards for Training
All courses are instructor-led and delivered in an online seminar-style format, which are designed, researched, and written from the ground up for professional learners that need timely, relevant, and in-depth perspectives to improve their cultural competency skills when assisting military members, veterans, and families. You will not find regurgitated class offerings here, and we set our own standards and develop our own curriculum. While students complete coursework at their own pace within program guidelines, an adult-learner at the Institute will always have the facilitation of an instructor in the classroom to assist them in their learning. Our courses utilize the latest in cross-cultural technology, and our online learning system is like no other. We are striving to set a higher standard for learning and retention in mental health continuing education. Learn more.
Our Training Meets National Standards for Mental Health Professionals
The Institute’s training programs are developed to meet or exceed standards set by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). While our past offerings were approved for NBCC continuing education units through a sponsorship with a state-based American Counseling Association group, new policy changes in the administration of CE courses are incompatible with the needs and mission of the Institute. We are currently in the process of seeking independent NBCC approval for our courses that will be presented in 2014 and beyond so that we may better serve not only our students directly, but our returning veteran families indirectly through timely and high-quality counselor education. Our offerings are designed to meet the NBCC training standards for Social and Cultural Foundations through both Category 1 and Category 2 qualified instructors. Explore these standards.