The Institute for Veteran Cultural Studies is a privately held 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 a returning veteran family 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 conduct independent 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.
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. We love to think outside the box, and our training programs are highly unique and like no other programs currently being offered anywhere in the country. 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.
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.
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). This training is co-sponsored by the Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA) to provide NBCC continuing education contact hours. ORCA is recognized by the NBCC to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors (NBCC provider #2038). ORCA adheres to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines.