In today’s blog, I’d like to take a few moments to talk about another great feature on DeploymentPsych.org, the self-paced online course Military Culture: Core Competencies for Healthcare Professionals. While we have several free online courses available on the website, this course is particularly noteworthy for a variety of reasons. This course has recently undergone some great improvements that will hopefully make it even more user-friendly and convenient for learners.
Most people know that the armed services have a distinct and unique culture. A familiarity with this culture is extremely important when working with Service members and Veterans. In addition to helping create a rapport, knowledge of military culture can help the provider know what questions to ask to help offer effective care. This course was designed by a team of experts to allow non-military providers insight and understanding into the complex world of military culture. While the course will not teach all aspects of military culture, it does provide a foundation in several important areas.
The course is broken up into four different modules, each focusing on a specific area. The first module is Self-Assessment and Introduction to Military Ethos. In it, participants are given the opportunity to reflect on their own beliefs and potential biases that might impact working with Service members and Veterans. The second module is Military Organization and Roles. The focus here is on the more visible or surface aspects of the military culture that can be observed “above the waterline.” Users will gain an understanding of how some of the more material or tangible elements of the military function to reinforce military ethos and culture. Next is module three Stressors and Resources. This module focuses on the most common stressors in military culture and their impact of Service members and Veterans. The final module is Treatment, Resources, and Tools. Here users will find out about integrating what they’ve already learned about military culture into their assessment and treatment of health problems impacting Service members and Veterans.
Each of these modules takes approximately two hours to complete and is eligible for two CEUs. Participants will have to either create an account on the TRAIN learning management system or log into their existing account to take the course. However, while logged in, users will be able to save their progress within each module and will not have to complete the entire module in one session. We hope you will take this opportunity to expand your current knowledge of military culture and check out this great course today!