Continuing Education

Veteran Mental Health

Resilient Warriors: Building Mental Health Support for Veterans

Social Work Education

About The Course

Course Title: Resilient Warriors: Building Mental Health Support for Veterans

Learning Method: Record asynchronous distance (non-interactive). This course includes a recorded video and access to the presented resources.

Amount of CE Credit Offered: 1 credit (general)

Fees: This course can be purchased individually for $25 or as part of an annual unlimited continuing education subscription available for $99/year.

Posttest: Following the course, the participant will take a 10 question posttest. A score of 70% correct is required to pass and obtain a certificate. If you do not pass the posttest, it can be re-taken after fully reviewing the materials again. 

Certificate of CompletionIn order to receive a certificate of completion, you must indicate that you’ve watched the entire video portion of the course, earn a passing grade on the test, and complete the requested course evaluation.

Description of the Course:

Enhanced Support for Veterans’ Unique Needs: Veterans often experience distinctive mental health challenges due to their military service, including PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, and other service-related disorders. Understanding these unique needs is vital for providing appropriate and effective care, improving their quality of life, and facilitating their reintegration into civilian life.

Reduction of Stigma and Access Barriers: Addressing the stigma surrounding mental health within the veteran community is crucial in encouraging individuals to seek the help they need. Identifying and dismantling the barriers to care — whether they be cultural, structural, or procedural within military and veteran support systems — is essential for ensuring that veterans can access and benefit from mental health services.

Promotion of Equity and Inclusivity: Recognizing the intersectionality of veterans’ experiences — including race, gender, sexuality, and economic background — is key to delivering comprehensive care. This holistic approach acknowledges and addresses the complex factors that affect veterans’ mental health and well-being, thereby promoting social justice and equity within the services provided by the VA and other support organizations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze and Identify Barriers to Mental Health Care for Veterans: Participants will analyze the unique psychological and logistical barriers that veterans encounter, with the intent to differentiate them from those faced by the general population.

  2. Assess Peer Support, Including Military Culture’s Influence on Mental Health: Participants will discuss the influence of military culture on mental health dialogue and willingness to seek help and will outline recommendations for fostering more open conversations within the military and veteran communities.
  3. Develop Strategies for Enhancing Mental Health Services, Emphasizing Intersectionality and Cultural Humility: Participants will develop a strategic framework for improving access to mental health resources and measuring the success of these interventions for veterans.

Target Audience: 

Masters and Clinical level licensees pursuing continuing education.

Content Level:

Both beginning and intermediate-level content are included in this course.

Instructor Bio(s):

Meagan Mitchell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been providing individualized and group instruction for over 5 years.

Meagan is currently a Child and Adolescent Therapist with The Sibley Group in Washington, DC. She is working towards her Play Therapy credential. Meagan is also the founder of Agents of Change Social Work Test Prep – a learning platform and community designed for social workers preparing for their licensing exams.

She loves combining her passion for learning and sharing her knowledge with the social work community. Meagan has a strong interest in tech & and innovation, specifically exploring the intersection of technology with social work practices. She is also passionate about multicultural supervision & and ethics; ensuring diverse voices are heard, understood, and supported in supervision and consultation.

Lastly, Meagan is currently a DSW student at SUNY Buffalo.

Venus Flowers

Venus Flowers is a dedicated clinical social worker with a passion for serving others and making a positive impact on the lives of individuals in need. For the past 10 years, she has had the privilege of working in the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she specializes in behavioral health homeless veteran services and VA peer support programs.

In addition to her experience within the Department of Veterans Affairs, she brings a personal connection to the work as both an Army and Air Guard veteran. This firsthand experience has provided her with a deep understanding of the challenges and sacrifices that our servicemen and servicewomen face. It has also fueled her commitment to supporting and advocating for veterans throughout their journey.

Beyond her clinical work, her passion for lifelong learning has led her to DSW studies to enhance her ability to advocate for those experiencing race-based stress, as well as an exploration of work towards implementing anti-racism strategies, and work that fosters cultural humility in allies. She believes that creating inclusive and equitable environments is essential for the well-being and success of all individuals, and she is dedicated to promoting social justice and equality.

Course Outline:

Validating Veterans’ Service

  • Importance of acknowledging every veteran’s service regardless of combat experience.
  • Addressing the misconception that non-combat roles are less significant.

Supporting Veterans’ Transition to Civilian Life

  • The role of the HIRTH program in aiding veterans’ reintegration.
  • Strategies for effective transition from military to civilian mentality.

Cultural Humility in Veteran Care

  • The necessity of acknowledging the clinician’s lack of military experience.
  • Emphasizing the approach of asking veterans how best to support them.

Peer Support Programs

  • Utilizing lived experiences of veterans to provide peer support.
  • The impact of peer support on mental health and substance use disorders.

Addressing Mental Health and Crisis

  • The challenges veterans face with mental health and substance abuse leading to crisis situations.
  • The importance of accessible support and services during crises.

Intersectionality and Multicultural Diversity

  • Discussing the role of intersectionality in understanding veterans’ experiences.
  • The importance of multicultural awareness in providing mental health services.

Stigmatization of Mental Health

  • Confronting stigmatized ideas about mental health that hinder veterans from functioning in society.
  • The journey of overcoming mental health challenges and the role of peer proof.

Course Creation Date: 11/3/23 

Requesting Accessibility Accommodations:

Please email [email protected] to request accessibility accommodations.

ACE Approval Statement: 

Agents of Change, #1919, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 7/26/2023 – 7/26/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credits.

System Requirements:

  • The most recent version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge browser
  • Javascript enabled
  • PDF plugin
  • Graphic and audio output capability
  • Broadband internet connection with a minimum speed of 5Mbps (recommended)
  • TLS 1.2 supported by your web browser

Refund PolicyIn general, refunds will not be provided. However, if you do have any concerns or grievances, please contact us at the email address below. Registrants who do not complete their course(s) will not receive a refund. Registrants who purchased the course but did not achieve a passing grade will not receive a refund. The Agents of Change Grievance Policy can be viewed here.

Cancellation Policy: If an Agents of Change Continuing Education course is canceled, a full refund will be provided to all participants.

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