Find Healing When You’re Home
America is the land of the free because of the brave. When service members go to war and put themselves in harm’s way — they may come back wounded. Understanding the unique needs of military service members, veterans, and their families, Liberty University established the Institute for Military Resilience (IMR) as a center of excellence for military outreach.
IMR is impacting the lives of service members and families by:
- Establishing relevant, faith-based curriculum
- Tackling issues, causes, treatments, and prevention pertaining to military combat
- Encouraging spouses and families dealing with the reality of military life
Major General (Ret.) Robert F. Dees
Founder of the Institute for Military Resilience
Major General (Ret.) Robert F. Dees has served more than 35 years in the United States Armed Forces, in a variety of command and staff positions. With numerous honors, awards, and recognition, Dees retired in 2003 and went on to work for Homeland Security for Electronic Warfare Associates and Microsoft Corporation before going on to serve in military ministry. Dees and his wife Kathleen have 2 children and 5 grandchildren, and they share a passion to see healing in the lives of service members, veterans, and their families.
To read more about Major General (Ret.) Robert F. Dees, please view his extended biography here.
“The first week of [MILT 275] set me afire again with knowing that God is calling me to make a difference in the lives of these brave men and women that have selflessly served to keep me and my family free.”
— Chris Rowland
Liberty University’s Institute for Military Resilience exists to supplement the training for military personnel with relevant, faith-based curriculum and resources. Courses available through the IMR have been created to educate service members, their spouses, pastors, and caregivers about the mental, physical, social, and spiritual needs associated with the hidden wounds of war. Believing in the ability for military service members and families to recover and reintegrate in a healthy and positive way, Liberty desires to impact the hearts, souls, and minds of our service members through the help, hope, and healing of Jesus Christ.
Undergraduate training is offered through a Bachelor of Science in Psychology — Military Resilience program and a stand-alone, 18-credit-hour certificate program.
Whether you have completed your bachelor’s degree and wish to complete a certificate to supplement your training, or you would like to complete your bachelor’s degree with a focus on military resilience, we encourage you to learn more by reviewing the information below.
B.S. in Psychology — Military Resilience
Undergraduate Certificate in Military Resilience
What training in the area of resilience can I expect to receive in these programs?
I am pursuing a B.S. in Government — National Security. Can I take any IMR courses?
Graduate training is offered through a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Military Resilience and a stand-alone, 18-credit-hour certificate program.
Whether you have completed your bachelor’s degree and wish to complete a certificate to supplement your training or would like to complete your master’s degree with a focus on military resilience, we encourage you to learn more by reviewing the information below.
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling: Military Resilience specialization
IMR Graduate Certificate
What specific training in the area of resilience can I expect to receive in one of these programs?
“My goal is to become a counselor working with our men and women that suffer from PTSD. I would also like to focus on the families because we do not have the same amount of support that our loved ones do. My goal is to obtain my M.A. in Military Resilience. I am so glad that God led me to Liberty University. I chose Liberty because I was interested in the Christian perspective on psychology and the focus they put on the Military, but I never expected it to be so important to me and to find a class like this. I never realized that other schools were not like Liberty. I thought all schools were as just as military friendly.”
— Emily Mather, U.S. Army Spouse
Liberty University’s Institute for Military Resilience includes outreach to interested individuals and institutions (campuses, churches, corporations, and communities).
The IMR shares the best practices for faith-based resilience programs for our nation’s military troops, veterans, and their families. Additionally, a forum for national networking and mobilization of resources is provided for those who need resilience to confront the issues of life and for those who seek to be caregivers to our military society.
The core of the Institute for Military Resilience’s outreach efforts centers around a blog that was written by veterans and military members within the Office of Military Affairs and a library of free recorded webinars with Major General Bob Dees on topics relevant to the military community. Our goal is to equip and encourage the military community and those seeking to be caregivers to our military society.
Liberty University also plans regular events for our military population. Visit the Military Affairs website for more information on upcoming military events and other opportunities to engage in the military community at Liberty University.