Military Psychology Overview
The discipline of military psychology makes an impact in a variety of ways:
- Providing specialized training in military psychology for Medical Service Officers, Medics, Corpsmen (Active Duty, Reserves and National Guard), as well as BSN nurses, and bachelor level Behavioral Health Specialist in the Military.
- Enhancing the training and leadership outcomes of non-commissioned and commissioned officers, especially as it relates to personnel management.
- Providing an immersion into military culture, systems, specialized education, and clinical treatment considerations for recent college graduates and LCPC, LCSW, or Licensed Psychologists who wish to serve military personnel, veterans, and their families.
- Assessing and improving the overall mental health of military personnel, veterans, and their families; including risk assessment tools for combat related stress.
- Exploring prevention and intervention approaches that address suicidal ideation and/or alcohol and drug abuse.
- Evaluating how the military interacts with larger social, organizational, cultural, and technological systems.
- Providing research and evaluation: for example, selecting recruits for the armed forces; determining suitability for service.
- Performing analysis on humanitarian and peacekeeping missions to determine procedures that can save military and civilian lives.
Given the breadth of its work and impact, the field of military psychology draws on the contributions of many subfields including clinical, experimental, social, industrial/organizational, and engineering psychology, each of which informs our curriculum.
Our program is designed to provide military and non-military individuals and clinicians with an understanding of the theoretical evidence, scientific research and practical aspects of the field of military psychology. Students are taught how to apply basic psychological principles of military psychology to the interpersonal, managerial, and organizational dimensions of the military and support civilian environments. This allows for the development of leadership, innovation, and creativity that is required to advance social justice.
Graduates of this program are prepared for a range of positions within behavioral and medical health systems (government and non-government) to enhanced private practices, advocacy and policy organizations, and community-based consumer organizations serving military personnel, veterans, retirees, and their families.
This 37-credit program is offered entirely online and can be completed in less than 24 months, making it an attractive option for students who may be currently employed. Our asynchronous learning model allows for convenience and flexibility. All components of this program can be accessed through an Internet browser running on an IBM PC (Windows or Linux) or Apple Macintosh (Apple OS). Students must have access to a broadband Internet connection and a personal computer manufactured within the last three years.
The Adler School is poised to offer this program beginning fall 2013, pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.