Join Wurzweiler in Serving U.S. Military Veterans
A staggering 20% of national suicides are attributed to military veterans, many of whom have suffered from post-traumatic stress (PTS), traumatic brain injuries or clinical depression.1 The impacts of service-related trauma can also manifest as more generalized behavioral issues, sometimes leading to ejection from the service, and an inability to transition back into civilian life. Leaders at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work have long recognized this situation as well as the critical need for effective social work support among military veterans and their families.
In 2012, Wurzweiler professor Dr. Joan Beder responded to this need by co-creating several courses that focus on how to address the physical and mental challenges common among veterans and active-duty soldiers. These are now offered as elective courses for students enrolled in the online Master of Social Work (MSW) program.
Paving the Way for Service Members in Social Work
Wurzweiler is proud to assist military veterans who are applying to graduate school with support from the GI Bill. If you have questions regarding financial assistance and scholarship opportunities for active duty or retired service members, contact an Admissions Advisor or visit our financial aid page for more information.
Continue Your Mission to Serve Others
Social work is a common pursuit among those who are retiring from the military and seeking a new career path. Perhaps because they understand firsthand the mental, emotional and physical struggles that can accompany military service and retirement, veterans are often well-suited to this line of work and may be uniquely equipped to engage former service members.
If you are a military veteran considering a future in social work, contact an Admissions Advisor today to learn how the online MSW program at Wurzweiler could empower you to serve others in a new and impactful way.
Meet Dr. Joan Beder
Dr. Joan Beder joined the Wurzweiler faculty in 1993 and has focused much of her teaching and research efforts on social work in the military. She co-created the school’s specialty courses in military social work and has taught the Certificate in Social Work Practice program since it launched in 2012. Her published work includes Advances in Social Work Practice with the Military (2012) and Understanding and Caring for Service Members (2016).
1. Retrieved on December 18, 2017, from samhsa.gov/veterans-military-families/critical-issues