Understanding and Responding to Military and Veteran Populations


Credits: 3.00
Type: Recorded asynchronous distance

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This course provides a basic overview of social work practice with military members, veterans, and military families. Training highlights include a two part introduction into military culture, special considerations of women warriors, discussion of the deployment cycle and coming home.

Delivery Method

This course consists of a recorded video and posttest.

Course Level

This course is geared for professionals at the basic, intermediate, advanced and clinical levels.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Recognize unique psychosocial stressors experienced by military service members and their families.
  • Identify cultural factors that affect effective delivery of behavioral healthcare services to military and veteran populations.
  • Evaluate innovative strategies to deliver behavioral healthcare in military settings


Dr. Flaherty received his B.S.W. from the University of Southern Colorado (1990), his M.S.W. from the University of Denver (1992), and his doctorate in social work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2001). His current research and publications focus on military and veteran populations, child welfare and family violence. Prior to joining the College of Social Work, Dr. Flaherty worked for twenty years in the U.S. Air Force mental health and social services systems. His military practice experience includes mental health, child and family violence intervention, prison-based treatment, and post-graduate medical education in primary healthcare.


The University of Kentucky College of Social Work, provider number 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: 9/29/2022-9/29/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 3.0 general continuing education credits.

How to Claim Credit

To receive credit for this course, you must view/complete the entire course, pass the related post-test, and submit a completed course evaluation. If your score is less than the passing score of 75%, you may retake the test. Your certificate will become available for an automatic download once all of the requirements are complete.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Online courses cannot be cancelled and refunds are not available.


If you have any questions regarding this course, need assistance registering for it, or experience any technical difficulties with completing it, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu.

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