Clinical Military Counseling Certificate Program Details

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Why Earn the Clinical Military Counseling Certification (CMCC)?

The CMCC credential promotes the highest standard of excellence providing best practices for competent and ethical practice in providing counseling and related services to:

  • Veterans
  • Veterans with disabilities
  • Active duty service members
  • Family members

Five training modules offer clinicians comprehensive knowledge and skill-based material on military culture, medical, psychosocial, behavioral, mental health, family life, career transition, and resiliency needs of clients. The training offers 12 hours of self-paced online continuing education using videotape presentations and written materials by professionals with extensive experience in supporting veterans' medical, behavioral healthcare, career transition, and family-life needs. The CMCC training assists professionals in the military assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of counseling and related services that are different than in civilian/community mental health.

Course Content:

  • Practice Guidelines, research, and evidence-based practices for military counseling competence offered in a 85+ page training manual.
  • Over 6 hours of recorded instructor videotape presentations with PowerPoint slides.
  • Over 3+ hours of recorded videotape interviews with the following experts:
    • Master Chief Petty Officer Frede
    • Duane France, MA, MBA, LPC, Executive Director, Colorado Veteran's Health and Wellness Agency. Director of Veteran Services, Family Care Center, Colorado Springs. Founder and Host of Head Space and Timing. Author of "Combat Vet Don't Mean Crazy: Veteran's Mental Health in Post-Military Life.
    • Ellen Hey, Family Nurse Practitioner, Army Lt. Col. (Ret.)
    • Jane McNeill, M.S., LPC-A
    • Dr. Noel Ysasi, Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University, Navy Veteran
    • Bill Butler, M.S., LPC, NCC, Vet Center- Greenville, NC, U.S.M.C. MSgt (Retired)
  • A 75-item multiple choice certificate exam (can be taken until 70% of questions are answered correctly).
  • Online training is self-paced and participants have up to 3 months to complete.
  • 12 clock hours of continuing education credit earned across multiple disciplines.
  • An official CMCC “Certificate of Completion” (printed from your computer at the completion of the course).

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

You have six months to access online courses from the time of purchase.

Introduction to CCMC

Module I: Cultural Aspects of the Military

Competencies:

Identify the unique within-group cultural differences between the various branches of the military.

Recognize the importance of gaining rapport within the “circle of trust” in the military community before engaging in mental health assessment, diagnosis, and treatment strategies.

Module II: Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Co-Occurring Disorders

Competencies:

Compare military and community/civilian mental health conditions by evaluating, diagnosing, and treating military mental health, combat operational stress, posttraumatic stress symptoms, and co-occurring chronic health conditions.

Module III: Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Military

Military Families

Competencies:

Analyze and apply the unique medical, physical, psychological, social, emotional, spiritual, vocational, mental health, and cultural issues associated with a variety of chronic illnesses and disabilities that affect service members, veterans, veterans with disabilities, and family members.

Module IV: Vocational Rehabilitation, Assessment, and Career Transition in the Military

Competencies:

Explain the impact that career transition has on veterans and veterans with disabilities. Examine, evaluate, and apply career development strategies to increase educational and career opportunities for military veterans.

Module IV: Vocational Rehabilitation, Assessment, and Career Transition in the Military

Competencies:

Explain the impact that career transition has on veterans and veterans with disabilities. Examine, evaluate, and apply career development strategies to increase educational and career opportunities for military veterans.

Module V: Cultivating Resiliency of Mind, Body, & Spirit

Competencies:

Critically evaluate, analyze, and apply specific models of resiliency training that cultivate a transformational journey of the mind, body, and spirit.

  • Identify the unique within-group cultural differences of Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, National Guard, Coast Guard, and active Reservist service personnel.
  • Explain the differences in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of military vs. civilian or community mental health and related services.
  • Recognize evidence-based treatment protocols for cultivating optimal mind, body, and spiritual well-being after exposure to combat trauma.
  • Identify the unique psychological, emotional, and mental health issues related to active duty personnel, veterans, veterans with disabilities, and their family members.
  • Discuss the application of evidence-based mental health treatment services to active duty personnel, veterans, veterans with disabilities, and their family members.
  • Recognize how to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions in the military vs. civilian culture.
  • Identify the unique medical, physical, psychological, social, emotional, spiritual, vocational, mental health, and cultural issues associated with a variety of chronic illnesses and disabilities among active-duty personnel, veterans, and veterans with disabilities
  • Explain the application of evidence-based psychosocial treatment services and resources available to active duty personnel, veterans, veterans with disabilities, and their family members.
  • Recognize the psychosocial adjustment issues that hinder the service member or veteran’s goals of education, career, independence, environmental accessibility and how societal stigma and negative attitude and reduce opportunities for optimal well-being.
  • Identify the psychosocial impact that career transition has on veterans and veterans with disabilities and how career development strategies can be facilitated to increase educational and career opportunities.
  • Explain how to utilize and apply career and vocational assessments, and perform a transferable skills analysis for those in transition from military to civilian life.
  • Apply career counseling strategies such as career resiliency portfolio, job seeking, interviewing, and other career development skills for those in career transition from military to civilian life.
  • Recognize the psychosocial adjustment issues that hinder the veteran and disabled veteran’s goals of education, career, independence, environmental accessibility and how to counter stigma and negative attitude in the workplace.
  • Identify the psychosocial phases of healing the mind, body, and spirit of active duty within the deployment cycle, veterans, and veterans with disabilities.
  • Explain how to utilize mental health resources for coping and resiliency skills and posttraumatic growth among service personnel and veterans.
  • Apply specific models of resiliency training that cultivate a transformational journey of the mind, body, and spirit.
Mark A. Stebnicki, Ph.D., LCMHC, DCMHS, CRC, CMCC is Professor Emeritus and former Coordinator of the Military and Trauma Counseling (MTC) certificate program in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Services at East Carolina University. He developed the MTC certificate in 2015 and the Clinical Military Counseling Certificate (CMCC) program in 2016 now offered through the Telehealth Certificate Institute. Dr. Stebnicki is an active teacher, trainer, researcher, and practitioner with over 30 years’ experience working with the psychosocial rehabilitation and mental health needs of adolescents and adults with posttraumatic stress symptoms, chronic illnesses, and disabilities. His primary areas of interest are related to the medical, psychosocial, vocational, and mental health aspects of active duty service members, veterans, veterans with disabilities, and military families. Dr. Stebnicki is also certified by the Washington, D.C.-based crisis response team; the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) and North Carolina’s American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health crisis response team. He served on the crisis response team for the Westside Middle School shootings in Jonesboro, AR (March 24, 1998) and has done many stress debriefings with private companies, schools, and government employees after incidents of workplace violence, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. His youth violence program, the Identification, Early Intervention, Prevention, and Preparation (IEPP) Program, was awarded national recognition by the American Counseling Association (ACA) Foundation for its vision and excellence in youth violence prevention. Other accolades include consulting with President Bill Clinton’s staff on addressing the students of Columbine High School after their critical incident (April 20, 1999). Dr. Stebnicki has served on many statewide and national professional counseling associations and accreditation boards. He has written nine professional texts most recently Clinical Military Counseling: Guidelines for Practice (2020, American Counseling Association), Disaster Mental Health Counseling: Responding to Trauma in a Multicultural Context (2017, Springer Publishing Co.); The Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability (7th ed.) (2018, Springer Publishing); and The Professional Counselors’ Desk Reference (2nd ed.) (2016, Springer Publishing Co.). He has written over 40 journal articles and book chapters, and has presented at over 100 regional, state, and national conferences, seminars, and workshops, on topics ranging from military mental health, traumatic stress, empathy fatigue, and the psychosocial aspects of adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities.

Credit Hours: 

This course provides 12 credit hours

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. Approval renewal date: 1/31/2023

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 this course would be accepted by your licensing board.

Social Workers: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC, #1609, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/02/2021 – 05/02/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 12 clinical continuing education credits.

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. Approval renewal date: 2/28/2023

Addiction Professionals: Telehealth Certification Institute is an approved provider of continuing education by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, provider #193104. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

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.

Other Professionals: This course qualifies for 720 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.

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

Online courses are completed by registering, logging in, navigating to your course using the menu (My Courses – the Course Title), completing all of the modules, completing and passing the post-tests, and completing the course evaluation.

Live Webinar courses are completed by registering, logging in to this website, navigating to your course using the menu (My Courses – the Course Title), attending the full course via webinar, submitting your attendance, and completing the course evaluation online.

Psychologists and other professionals seeking CE credit through our approval with the American Psychological Association are asked, but not required, to complete the course evaluation before obtaining their certificate of completion, however passing a post-test for online self-study courses, and submitting one's attendance for live on-site and live webinars is required.

You can receive your certificate of completion by logging onto this website, navigating to the course using the menu (My Courses – the Course Title), scroll to the bottom of your course, and click on your certificate to either download it or print it.

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

 

The process of obtaining the certificate:

If you are an approved professional (click here to view the full list of approved professional types), you will receive the CMCC certificate by completing this course.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

Click here to view our Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds are offered within the first 30 days for courses which have not been completed.  There is a $25 service fee for refunds.

Grievance Policy

Click here to view our Grievance Policy.

Eligibility Requirements:

Anyone who serves those connected to our military can benefit from this course.

For a full list of the profession types that are approved to receive the CMCC certificate click here.

Teaching methods for this course include recorded lectures, videos, a post-test, and a course evaluation.  The courses may include required reading.

This program was recorded February 25, 2019

Why clinicians choose to be trained in Military Couseling?


Help active duty service members, veterans, and their families heal and meet their goals.

Get recognized for your competence in military counseling and related services by earning your CMCC Certificate.

Become competent in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment in military counseling and related services.

Increase your knowledge, awareness, and skills of the unique cultural differences in working with those connected to our military.

Become more marketable as an expert in military counseling.


Learn how to address service members and veterans' medical, psychosocial, behavioral, cultural, mental health, family life, vocational, and career transition needs.

About The Clinical Military Counseling Certificate Program (CMCC)

The Clinical Military Counseling Certificate (CMCC) program provides an evidence-based, advanced, and comprehensive course which prepares clinicians to address the medical, physical, psychosocial, behavioral, mental health, family life, vocational, and career transition needs of active duty service members, veterans, and their families. The target audience for this program is Educational and School Guidance Counselors; Vocational/Career Counselors; Rehabilitation Counselors; Mental Health Counselors; Psychologists; Social Workers; Marriage and Family Therapists, and Chaplains. The CMCC certificate also provides those seeking a clinician who provides military counseling or a related service a way to determine if the clinician is likely to be competent in this specialized service area.
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About the Instructor

Mark A. Stebnicki, Ph.D., LCMHC, DCMHS, CRC, CMCC is Professor Emeritus and former Coordinator of the Military and Trauma Counseling (MTC) certificate program in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Services at East Carolina University. He developed the MTC certificate in 2015 and the Clinical Military Counseling Certificate (CMCC) program in 2016 now offered through the Telehealth Certificate Institute. Dr. Stebnicki is an active teacher, trainer, researcher, and practitioner with over 30 years’ experience working with the psychosocial rehabilitation and mental health needs of adolescents and adults with posttraumatic stress symptoms, chronic illnesses, and disabilities. His primary areas of interest are related to the medical, psychosocial, vocational, and mental health aspects of active duty service members, veterans, veterans with disabilities, and military families. Dr. Stebnicki is also certified by the Washington, D.C.-based crisis response team; the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) and North Carolina’s American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health crisis response team. He served on the crisis response team for the Westside Middle School shootings in Jonesboro, AR (March 24, 1998) and has done many stress debriefings with private companies, schools, and government employees after incidents of workplace violence, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. His youth violence program, the Identification, Early Intervention, Prevention, and Preparation (IEPP) Program, was awarded national recognition by the American Counseling Association (ACA) Foundation for its vision and excellence in youth violence prevention. Other accolades include consulting with President Bill Clinton’s staff on addressing the students of Columbine High School after their critical incident (April 20, 1999). Dr. Stebnicki has served on many statewide and national professional counseling associations and accreditation boards. He has written nine professional texts most recently Clinical Military Counseling: Guidelines for Practice (2020, American Counseling Association), Disaster Mental Health Counseling: Responding to Trauma in a Multicultural Context (2017, Springer Publishing Co.); The Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability (7th ed.) (2018, Springer Publishing); and The Professional Counselors’ Desk Reference (2nd ed.) (2016, Springer Publishing Co.). He has written over 40 journal articles and book chapters, and has presented at over 100 regional, state, and national conferences, seminars, and workshops, on topics ranging from military mental health, traumatic stress, empathy fatigue, and the psychosocial aspects of adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities.

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