Though it may seem an unlikely place to find social work programs, the military is an excellent environment for social workers to find jobs and acquire experience in a variety of areas. The University of Southern California offers a graduate program in military social work that allows students to train specifically to serve in the military. Students are offered the chance to specialize in this sub-concentration, which can be combined with other concentrations including Mental Health, Families and Children, and Community Organization Planning and Administration. Positions include working individually or in groups with veterans or active members of the military suffering from mental health disorders such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, substance abuse, or depression.
Social workers can also be useful in helping veterans or active military personnel to seek out additional services for themselves or their families. Students in the graduate social work program at the University of Southern California are given the option of a sub-concentration in Military Social Work, and are required to complete at least 600 hours of practicum hours in a military setting working with veteran populations. The University of Southern California Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families is a special facility designated to conduct coursework and research specific to veteran populations and their families. (more…)