Certificate in Fundamentals of Military and Veterans Psychology

Supports mental health professionals in providing essential services to active and veteran military personnel and their families.


Certificate Overview


Our Advanced Practice Certificate Fundamentals of Military and Veterans Psychology supports mental health professionals to provide essential services to active and veteran military personnel and their families.

This program is designed for mental health professionals who seek foundational knowledge and skills to work with active and veteran military personnel and their families.

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Certificate Highlights


Pathway to Master’s

The credits from this certificate coursework can be applied toward earning your Master of Science Degree in Forensic Behavioral Science or Forensic Leadership Administration.


Entirely Online

Our Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies is offered fully online. All classes and coursework can be completed virtually, allowing flexibility with your schedule.


Provide the Best, Evidence-based Support 

You will be trained to conduct interventions to support returning military personnel and assess the complex trauma in service personnel and veterans. 


Curriculum Plan

Course One: The History, Structure, and Culture of the U.S. Military

This course provides an overview of the evolution of the U.S. military, its current structure and culture, and the systems of treatment. Emphasis will be placed on the manner in which military culture and training foster both protective and risk factors impacting the psychological health of service members and veterans.

Course Two: Assessment of Complex Trauma in Service Personnel and Veterans

This course explores the types of conflict and associated stressors commonly experienced by military personnel, and examines typical psychological and physiological responses to extreme circumstances and environments. Students will engage in evidence-based assessment of not uncommon psychiatric responses, including acute stress, depression, substance use disorder, combat-related PTSD, and traumatic brain injury.

Course Three: Interventions to Support Returning Military Personnel

This course will focus on the epidemiology, identification, prevention, and treatment of psychiatric conditions including combat-related PTSD, substance use disorder, traumatic brain injury, and depression. Contemporary research establishing empirical links between combat exposure and elevated risks for specific psychiatric conditions will be explored, as will evidence-based treatments, including internet-based interventions and veteran’s courts. The effects of military service on interpersonal relationships, particularly relationships with spouses and children with also be examined. An overview of the impact of the deployment cycle on attachment based upon a myriad of variables–length of marriage, number of children, age of children, prior exposure to military culture–will be explored. Evidence-informed intervention models to enhance military and veteran family functioning will be reviewed.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the modality of this program?

    The Certificate in Fundamentals of Military and Veterans Psychology program is offered fully online. All classes and coursework can be completed virtually, allowing you flexibility with your schedule.

  • What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?

    Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.


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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.



The California School of Forensic Studies is dedicated to graduating rigorously educated and trained professionals who impact society, public opinion, and policy by applying science in the service of preventing, investigating, and mitigating conflict and violence.


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