October 7, 2013
Just a month after announcing a military families emphasis in the Master of Science in Counseling (MSC) program in Fargo, University of Mary Worldwide is now expanding that same offering to western North Dakota. Due to the high interest in the MSC military track the program will start next month in Bismarck.
The first course will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Fargo campus and be simultaneously delivered through the Interactive Video Network (IVN) to the Butler Center in Bismarck from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., starting on Nov. 12 and running through Dec. 19. Orientation for the class will be held on Nov. 7, at 5:30 p.m., in the Butler Center at 505 S. 7th Street in Bismarck.
Kristi Clifton, LCSW, wing director of psychological health of the 119th Wing with the North Dakota Air National Guard, is the instructor for the courses. The MSC military counseling emphasis may be included as part of the Master of Science in Counseling offered by the University of Mary or added to an existing master's degree. In addition, the courses may be taken as stand-alone courses for personal growth and development or as continuing education credits.
COU 670 Counseling Military Families is the first of two courses that will be offered this year. This three-credit course examines the impact of military culture on children and families. An overview of the cycle of deployment, post-deployment, and reentry to the community will be discussed. Special emphasis will be on counseling spouses and children to include but not limited to: secondary trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, family violence, attachment issues as well as intimacy.
Course outcomes include having an understanding of the cycle of deployment, post-deployment and reentry to the community; knowledge and skill development in counseling spouses and children in areas of secondary trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, family violence, attachment issues as well as intimacy; participants will gain an understanding of the unique aspects related to counseling military families, and the community resources for military families and their children.
The second course in the sequence that will be offered this year is COU 680 Trauma & Loss in Military Families. This three-credit course examines the impact of trauma and loss on military culture and children and families. Special emphasis will be on counseling spouses and children to include but not limited to: survivors of natural disaster, violence, terrorism, loss of limb, etc. as well as death and dying. This course will emphasize the counselor's immediate response, assessment and treatment protocols for recovery, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide prevention and assessment as well as death, dying, and the grief process.
Specific course outcomes that will be discussed relating to understanding trauma, crisis events, loss and death as it relates to military families and children; knowledge and skill development in counseling military families, spouses and children in the areas of, to include but not limited to: trauma, crisis events, disasters, suicide and death; and participants will better understand the unique aspects related to counseling military families in specific crisis areas.