Clinical Military Counseling Skills, Online Self-Study

Course Description

Qualified professionals are eminently needed to provide competent services to active duty service members, veterans, veterans with disabilities, and their families across the different military branches and in a variety of settings. The Clinical Military Counseling Skills course is based on the Clinical Military Counseling Certificate (CMCC) credential offered through the Telehealth Certificate Institute. Participants will increase their knowledge, awareness, and skills in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of military vs. civilian or community mental health and related services. Participants’ are offered comprehensive material related to the service member and veterans’ medical, psychosocial, behavioral, mental health, family life, vocational, and career transition needs. This course includes over an hour of recorded instruction and 174 slides of content. This course includes 1.5 contact hours at no cost.

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify the unique attributes of military culture and explain how military mental health services are different from civilian mental health services.
  • Describe some unique differences in terms of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of active service members and veterans.
  • Discuss the medical and psychosocial aspects of treating military within the deployment cycle and family dynamics.
  • Identify the unique vocational rehab and career transition aspects of active duty service members transitioning to civilian life.
  • Explore the principles of military resiliency and coping resources that assist active service members and veterans to live optimally.


Mark A. Stebnicki, Ph.D., LPC, DCMHS, CRC, CCM, CMCC is a Give an Hour provider, and a Professor and Coordinator of the Military and Trauma Counseling (MTC) Certificate Program in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation at East Carolina University. In 2015, he developed one of the nation’s first military counseling certificates within a CACREP-accredited counselor education program. Dr. Stebnicki is an active teacher, researcher, and psychotherapy practitioner with over 30 years’ experience working with adolescents and adults that have had exposure to extraordinary stressful and traumatic events, grief, loss, chronic illness, and disability.  For over 30 years his work with both civilian and military trauma in the rehabilitation and mental health field are reflected in 8 professional texts, 28 journal articles, and over 100 presentations given regionally, statewide, and throughout the nation. He has served on many statewide and national professional counseling boards and organizations. Overall, these experiences have been cultivated and advanced in the Clinical Military Counseling Certificate (CMCC) program he developed in 2016.