This 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Military Family Advocacy & Systemic Collaboration provides knowledge and skills that can be immediately applied by community ministry leaders, chaplains, pastors, community health educators, human services professionals, social workers, and others who work with veteran and military families. This credential empowers you to serve your community, broaden your skillset, and enhance your resume. Taught by Christian experts in public theology, military chaplaincy, and healthcare chaplaincy, the program equips students to demonstrate the love and compassion of God by advocating for military families; caring for the holistic health of veteran & military families; collaborating with others in meeting military family needs; and demonstrating and sharing the good news of redemption, reconciliation, restoration, and renewal.
According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies in their 2019 report, more than 14.5 million people serve in the militaries of the top 30 countries with the largest military forces - of that about 1.3 million are active duty in the US military. With over 18 million veterans, the United States has about 20 million veterans and active military - and their families - to serve. Due to the circumstances that active and veteran military and their families have experienced, whether deployed or not, their needs may involve many different physical, psychological, social, and spiritual issues. Through the Graduate Certificate in Military Family Advocacy & Systemic Collaboration, you gain an understanding of not only how the veterans and active military deal with the consequences of war and military service, but also how to best help these families by expanding the capacity of caregiving through partnerships.