This graduate course examines the two primary transitions of military life: the reintegration challenges that recently deployed military members encounter as they blend back into family, community, church, and a peacetime setting; and the transition from military to civilian life and career. Students will identify and critique strategies meant to facilitate a positive adjustment, while exploring possible Biblical and Christian interventions to support veterans in this transition back into family and community life as well as new careers. Specific course content will focus on the role of the caregiver or helping profession. Special focus will be given to providing resources and various avenues of assistance to these military service men and women who may not know of these services.
This graduate course is designed to equip caregivers with knowledge, skills, and expertise to assist veterans in life transitions. These transitions may present as reintegration into family, community and church. Emphasis will also be placed on various aspects of developing positive career transition skills. Special focus however will be to directed to the student who wishes to develop career expertise as a professional caregiver for this population.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Examine the needs the new military veterans experience when transitioning from the military to civilian life.
- Choose and apply biblical strategies to support veterans during the transition period.
- Indicate and critique effective strategies for facilitating positive adjustment to family life.
- Discuss and evaluate solutions to addictions and mental health issues.
- Describe the possible physical challenges and disabilities resulting from warfare, and appraise the current interventions meant to assist in the adaptation of such disabilities.
- List the current barriers to gaining employment after military life, and select possible solutions.
- Explore and create a multifaceted faith-based program to meet one of the major transitional challenges for veterans.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, there will be 4 Discussions throughout this course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each Discussion. Each thread is to be at least 400 words in length and integrate information drawn from the course. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmates’ thread. The reply should be 250 words.
Community Survey Paper Assignment
The student will develop a 7–9-page research paper that identifies the various services provided for military veterans in their local areas. This brief survey will present a brief rationale for this survey, a Biblical mandate to provide services, the services themselves and the agencies providing them and any unmet needs that the lack of services identify. This survey is designed for the student who may one day enter the helping profession and work with veterans in their community. This survey should be submitted as 1 document completed in APA writing style/format, with a title page, abstract, and reference page(s).
Case Study Paper Assignment
The student will read, analyze, and develop a treatment strategy to meet the needs of the veteran in the Case Study. This strategic plan will draw from the earlier research done in the Community Survey Paper and consist of identifying up to 6 needs in the case, identifying services that will assist in meeting these needs and a strategy to do so. This 10–12-page paper is designed for the student in his or her development as a professional caregiver with veterans during this most important and stressful transition phase.
This assignment will feature the Savino/Krannich book, “The Military to Civilian Transition Guide.” The book is updated annually, so using whatever version the student has, create a PowerPoint presentation using only the book’s contents. This assignment is a PowerPoint summary of the book. A suggested scope of this assignment is 9-12 slides (more is okay).
Quizzes will be open-book/open-note and be timed at 60 minutes each. The student will need to review carefully all of the reading to answer 30-objective questions successfully.