Pretty easy, overall.
Working with military culture might seem like it is as easy as knowing that this population might suffer from traumatic experiences. However, this is not the case. Counselors need to possess enough knowledge about military culture to know that this population requires different techniques, methods, and modalities. I learned so much more about this culture than I believed possible because I thought I already knew what I needed to know to begin helping this population. I could not have been more wrong because I needed to know that this population requires as much, if not more focus than everyday clients. Before beginning this course I thought I knew more about military culture than I did. I also thought I knew what it would take to work with this population; however, I found early on in the class that I knew much less than I thought I knew.
I learned so much about the types of methods that can help military families focus on minimizing the problematic symptoms of past experiences during deployment or in combat zones. I am now able to observe, assess, and treat military families while focusing on the ideals and beliefs these individuals possess. The biggest highlight of this course was learning so much more about how to help those who sacrifice so much for our freedom and protection!
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Advice for students:
In order to succeed in working with military families one must study, research, and read about the different approaches that can help this population learn to cope with problems that arise from serving in the military. I would take this course seriously and focus on what you can do to help these people instead of trying to treat them like any other population. These individuals are unique and require as much attention as any other population. It might require more time than any other course because you are reprogramming yourself to focus on military families differently than you might have before taking this course. Keeping an open mind, performing plenty of research, and focus on the most effective treatment methods will help one to learn the best methods for treating individuals of this population.