DSW Candidate – Rachel Phillips, MSW, LMSW, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Forgotten No More: Intensive Military-to-Veteran Transitional Programming for Other-than-Honorable Veterans to Improve the Rates of Persistent Psychosocial Issues

DSW Candidate –Rachel Phillips, MSW, LMSW

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0

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Forgotten No More: Intensive Military-to-Veteran Transitional Programming for Other-than-Honorable Veterans to Improve the Rates of Persistent Psychosocial Issues

Other-Than-Honorable (OTH) discharged Veterans within the Veteran Affairs system have long been forgotten, despite their significant needs. There are scant Veteran-centered resources tailored to address their unique psychosocial challenges as a result of limitations imposed by current programs and policies. This presentation highlights the disparities in social, health, and financial outcomes between favorably and unfavorably discharged Veterans, magnifying the vulnerability of OTH Veterans, thereby compounding the effects of military exposure.

A critical investigation of existing retroactive efforts reveal these interventions as inadequate and subsequently perpetuating the stigma and psychosocial distress among this Veteran subpopulation. By conceptualizing OTH Veteran issues through a biopsychosocial perspective, alongside the lenses of Veteran Critical Theory and Military Transition Theory, this presentation humanizes OTH Veterans, challenging the detrimental stereotypes that have long marginalized and oppressed them. The presentation concludes with an innovative, intensive military-to-Veteran transition program designed to deliver timely, all-encompassing wraparound services within the VA.

This effort aims to alleviate and prevent the escalation of psychosocial issues, intending to significantly improve the quality of life that these undervalued United States heroes can achieve, and in doing so acknowledging and addressing their sacrifices and needs unconditionally.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify the common social, health and financial disparities between favorably and unfavorably discharged Veterans
  2. Participants will be able to articulate the current efforts in meeting the psychosocial needs of unfavorably discharged Veterans, and articulate ways in which they benefit and/or harm the unfavorably discharged Veteran population
  3. Participants will be able to recognize how, and in what ways, the biopsychosocial model of care, Veteran Critical Theory, and Military Transition Theory intersect to advance the value of social justice in advocating for this Veteran subpopulation

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, 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: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.