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Military Social Work

In 2010 CSWE published the first guidelines for advanced practice in military social work, describing core competencies central to specialized social work service to our nation’s military, veterans, and their families.

In the last 8 years we have improved our national understanding of the injuries, issues, and strengths of service members, veterans, and military families. New issues emerge when children who watched their parents deploy during the early years of a war are now deploying themselves. Women are increasingly serving in combat capacities. Military sexual trauma and openly serving LGBTQ service members are now part of a national dialogue. Specialized education to prepare social work students and professional social workers to serve the military, veterans, and families is as essential as it was in 2010. We are pleased to launch the new Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Military Social Work based on the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

This guide was developed through the generous support of the Cohen Veterans Network and the Council of Social Work Education.