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Overview of Clinical Military Counseling Skills

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Online Self-Study
Downloadable e-book of course slides, a downloadable certificate of completion, and course video(s).


As the demand for specialized mental health services for military personnel, veterans, and their families continues to grow, so does the need for qualified professionals who can provide competent services to this population.

Based on the Clinical Military Counseling Certificate (CMCC) program from the Telehealth Certificate Institute, this introductory course provides a broad overview of the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of military vs. civilian or community mental health and related services. 

Through an exploration of the military experience, participants will delve into the intricacies of military culture, its impact on mental well-being, and the specific needs of individuals from diverse military branches and backgrounds. They will gain an understanding of the unique stressors and traumas that military personnel and veterans encounter, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), combat stress, and moral injury. Participants are offered comprehensive material covering the medical, psychosocial, behavioral, mental health, family life, vocational, and career transition needs of service members and veterans. 

By the end of this course, you will have gained a foundational understanding of the unique challenges faced by military personnel and veterans, preparing you to further develop your skills and expertise in supporting those who have served our country."

Enroll today and become a more effective and informed clinician for military personnel and veterans.

This course includes over an hour of recorded instruction and 174 slides of content. This is a non-interactive self-study course.

Instruction consists of 1 hour of video instruction and a post-test.

Course Availability

You have 6 months access to the course from the time of purchase.

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the unique attributes of military culture and explain how military mental health services are different from civilian mental health services.
  • Describe some unique differences in terms of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of active service members and veterans.
  • Discuss the medical and psychosocial aspects of treating military within the deployment cycle and family dynamics.
  • Identify the unique vocational rehab and career transition aspects of active duty service members transitioning to civilian life.
  • Explore the principles of military resiliency and coping resources that assist active service members and veterans to live optimally.


Mark A. Stebnicki, Ph.D., LCMHC, DCMHS, CRC, CMCC is Professor Emeritus and former Coordinator of the Military and Trauma Counseling (MTC) Certificate Program which he developed in 2015 in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation at East Carolina University. Dr. Stebnicki also developed the national Clinical Military Counseling Certificate (CMCC); a 12 hr CE program offered nationally through the Telehealth Certificate Institute. Dr. Stebnicki has been a counselor educator, researcher, practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in rehabilitation and mental health. He has practiced and published in the areas related to stress, traumatic stress, disaster mental health response, and the psychosocial aspects of chronic illness and disability. His primary focus is working with military service members, veterans, veterans with disabilities, and military families. Dr. Stebnicki has published 10 professional textbooks most recently he published two books in 2021 through the American Counseling Association/Wiley Publishing titled: Clinical Military Counseling: Guidelines for Practice and Counseling Practice During Phases of a Pandemic Virus. He also has published 40 journal articles and book chapters, and has provided over 100 presentations nationally, regionally, and statewide. He has served on many statewide and national professional counseling boards. 

Additional Resource

New Book by the instructor (Mark A. Stebnicki, Ph.D., LCMHC, DCMHS, CRC, CMCC)

Clinical Military Counseling: Guidelines for Practice 

Clinical Military Counseling provides current research and ethical practice guidelines for the assessment, diagnosis, and mental health treatment of active-duty service members, veterans, and military families in a 21st-century multicultural environment. Author Mark Stebnicki discusses contemporary military culture; the medical and psychosocial aspects of military health, including the neuroscience of military stress and trauma; suicide; chronic illnesses and disability; and blast and traumatic brain injuries. In addition, he offers integrative approaches to healing the mind, body, and spirit of service members and veterans dealing with clinical issues, such as spirituality, moral injury, and trauma; complex posttraumatic stress disorder and co-occurring mental health conditions; the stresses of the deployment cycle; and military career transitions.

Now available in multiple formats.

Note: This book is not included in registration for this course but must be purchased through one of the sites linked below:

American Counseling Association

Wiley Online Library "o-Book"

("o-Book" Summary)

Amazon (e-Book): e-book of Clinical Military Counseling: Guidelines for Practice 

 Additional Information about Clinical Military Counseling: Guidelines for Practice:

"Dr. Mark Stebnicki has done a masterful job of explicating the physical, psychological, social, cultural, demographic, and spiritual factors involved in military counseling. His book educates the reader in all aspects of effective military counseling and points the way to a new integrative paradigm for helping our troops and their families truly come home, heal, and live well."

-Edward Tick, PhD Author, War and the Soul and Warrior's Return
Director Emeritus, Soldier's Heart, Inc.

"This is a comprehensive tactical guide for behavioral health practitioners serving military service members and their families. Dr. Mark Stebnicki brings his unique expertise as a trauma and disaster specialist in addressing current therapeutic challenges, including COVID-19 and the unique military experiences of women and people of color. Clinicians committed to the holistic health of service members will find this to be a relevant, practical, and essential tool kit."

-Raymond Barrett, CEO
Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC

Credit Hours: This course consists of 1 continuing education hour of credit.

Counselors: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No, 6693.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0048.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Many MFT licensing boards accept our courses or one of the approvals which we have from professional associations.  You can check with your board to determine if your licensing board would accept this course.

Social Workers: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC, #1609, 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: 05/02/2024 – 05/02/2027. Social workers completing this course receive 1 clinical continuing education credit.

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers #SW-0435.

Addiction Professionals: This course has been approved by Telehealth Certification Institute LLC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #193104, Telehealth Certification Institute LLC is responsible for all aspects of the programming.

Psychologists: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Psychologists #PSY-0128.

Art Therapists: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists #CAT-0093.

Other Professionals: This course qualifies for 60 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations.  Retain your certificate of completion and contact your board or organization for specific filing requirements.

This is a non-interactive, self-study course.

How to Complete the Course and Earn Your Certificate

To receive your certificate of completion you must complete the course in its entirety.

To complete an Online Self Study Course, one must register, log in, select the My Courses option from the menu items, click the Course Title, complete all of the modules, complete and pass the post-test(s), and complete the course evaluation.

A grade of at least 80% or more is required to pass the post-test. Retaking the post-test is possible until the participant is able to pass the test.

You can download or print your certificate of completion by logging into your account, navigating to the course by selecting the My Courses option from the menu items, clicking the Course Title, scrolling to the Certificate of Completion section, and clicking on the Certificate of Completion link to either download it or print it.

Participants may request a printed version of their certificate of completion to be delivered by mail. A shipping/handling fee of $6.95 will be charged per request. Shipping internationally may require an additional charge.

Directions for completing a course can be found by clicking here.

Course Policies

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

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Cancellation Policy

Refunds are offered within the first 30 days for courses which have not been completed.  There is a 10% service fee for refunds.

Grievance Policy

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Who should attend

This course is intended for clinicians who provide behavioral health services.

Teaching Methods

This is a non-interactive self-study course. Teaching methods for this course include recorded lectures, videos, a post-test, and a course evaluation.  The courses may include required reading.

This course was recorded on February 25, 2019

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Great course. Definitely good introductory information.
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