For people with a passion for serving those who serve. Explore the unique challenges and stressors that impact military families.


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Graduate Certificate in Military Families

Students will learn to appreciate the unique experiences and stresses of military members and their families and the resultant implications for helping professionals serving this population. Students who complete the certificate program will be conversant with familial relationships and family dynamics in the context of military culture and will enhance their leadership (or advocacy or mentoring) skills, to serve this population effectively.

Graduate Certificate in Military Families Program Handbook 2021

Four Courses, One Year

Earn your graduate certificate after completing four courses (12 credits) over two semesters.


HUSV 511: Understanding the Modern United States Military Family

Provides an understanding of the basic structure and formation of each service branch of the U.S. Military from a family systems perspective. Insights into the complex experiences of today’s military families will be explored, with a focus on unique issues and challenges that impact them.

AED 520: Leadership, Mentoring, and Advocacy: Principles & Practices

Provides advanced knowledge of the behavior, social influence, ethical challenges and decision-making processes related to strategic leadership. Explores the interrelationships of leadership, mentoring and advocacy.


HUSV 560: Trauma-Informed Care

Focused on the workings of the autonomic nervous system (psychoeducation) and on learning how to self-regulate this system via capacity building skills and enhancing resilience. Examples of a trauma-informed approach and trauma-specific interventions will be discussed within a community context.

HUSV 593A: Internship in Application of Leadership Practices

Specialized leadership-focused field experience on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in service with a technical, business, or governmental establishment.