Pathways to Military Behavioral Health Careers

Pathways offers two training programs, The Winter Institute and The Summer Institute. Both programs are designed to raise students’ awareness of what it would be like to serve as a military psychologist or social worker. Participants acquire first-hand knowledge of military culture and the work of behavioral health providers serving in uniform, learn from experts in the field, meet behavioral health providers currently serving in the military, and interface with like-minded peers from across the country. These opportunities help increase participants’ competitiveness toward being selected for military service.

To be consider student must complete an application:  
● The Summer Institute  Application Period opens January 2024
● The Winter Institute Application Period is Closed

Pathways provides participants with the unique opportunity to:
 ●  Gain knowledge about military culture and the clinical activities, roles, and responsibilities of military                      behavioral health providers
 ●  Learn about presenting problems most common among military personnel and evidence-based strategies to         treat them
 ●  Develop skills for working with military clients consistent with evidence-based practice and conceptualizing           cases through a cognitive-behavioral framework
 ●  Discover how military life affects not only the service member, but also the family system

Curriculum includes:
 ●  Didactics on military values and military- and deployment-related psychology topics
 ●  Interactive panels discussion featuring military psychology internship training directors for psychology                   participants and a panel discussion with military social work behavioral health consultants for social work           participants
 ●  Discussions about ethics and clinical practice unique to military providers
 ●  Networking opportunities with others pursuing a military psychology career

Should I apply to The Winter Institute or The Summer Institute?

The Winter Institute The Summer Institute

Offered at no cost. Tuition is covered.

Offered at no cost. Tuition and lodging/hotel are covered for the entire course, but participants are responsible for travel, meals, parking, and incidentals.

Prefer a shorter virtual course that involves no travel

Prefer a more longer, more detailed course that is taken in person at the Uniformed Services University located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

Standard topics covered Standard topics covered, plus additional topics and in-person networking experiential experiences

Questions can be emailed to Hakimah Campbell at

 ●  The Summer Institute
 ●  The Winter Institute
 ●  Frequently Asked Questions