PYC 6810 – Military Culture and Language
Connect with military clients through a better understanding of their language and culture.
Duration: 12 weeks (Summer)
Required Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the Antioch Online Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program
Mental health care professionals know that working with military personnel and their families pose many challenges. Military culture in America has its own social norms and history with which people having a military background experience varying levels of identification.When you can begin to demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of the culture as it relates to their own personal historyit helps facilitates your work with this population. As a mental health care professional who demonstrates a sensitivity to the many aspects of military culture, this will help to connect more readily with service members and their families.
Mental health providers working with military clients and their families need to understand their clients’ background including the military social system and the language that creates and sustains that background. This course will provide clinicians with a rich variety of information on how to talk with military families, using the same language used by those families to describe themselves and their lives., to gain a better understanding of their experience with the military social system, the hierarchy, history, and values their hold, and how these factors create and sustain your clients.
The projects you complete for this course help students develop a better understanding of the lived experience of the military sub-culture.
Sample Project: Cultural Immersion Projects
You will be asked to attend at least two military or veteran events and reflect on the cultural elements of the activity as you connect your experience to coursework references. Events may include a parade, a picnic, or visiting a military base to talk with members about their military experiences. As you reflect on your participation in the event, consider how you may be able to use the information you’ve gained in your work with clients, and explore this in your paper.
Sample Course Topics Include:
Throughout the course your studies will focus on a core set of topics that coincide with the course’s learning objectives. Sample topics are:
To effectively work with military clients you need a firm grasp of the military culture, including its language and hierarchy, and how these relate to the already-rich history of a person. By the end of the course you will be able to:
Your final paper provides an opportunity for deep exploration into a military counseling topic that holds particular interest for you. As you uncover the complexities involved in the development of the issue, you will demonstrate how you understand military culture and counseling interact when you synthesize class information, literature review, new references related to the topic, and learning outcomes from class modules.
For more information about this course, or other courses in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch Online, please call (855) 792-1049 or request more information.