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Continuing Education

Serving Veterans and Their Families Certificate (Hybrid-Online)

Date: September 6 – December 10, 2021 (14-weeks)
Continuing Education Credits: 62 CEs possible, includes 3-hours of Ethics and 3-hours of Supervision from new self-paced modules. To receive credit, participants must complete all coursework including readings, discussions, outside assignments, and evaluations. (OCDPB hours available: 4-hours (C7), 4-hours (C1), 3-hours (P1), 3-hours (S4), and 3-hours (CC))

Target Audience: Social Workers, Counselors, Human Service Workers, Health Care Providers
Content Level: Intermediate
Cost: $900.00 25% Discount !! Includes New Ethics & Supervision Modules   

Registration Deadline: September 3, 2021
Refund Deadline: September 5, 2021



With more than 22 million veterans in the United States, the need to understand the issues these Veterans and their families face is great. Serving Veterans and their Families Certificate is a post-graduate, 14-week, hybrid, online program for social workers, nurses, therapists and others interested in learning more about how to serve Veterans and their families.

All course materials are included with each week’s module. Additionally, there are three opportunities to connect in real time with your instructor and other course participants via a web-based platform. If you are unable to participate in a live session, don’t worry, they are recorded and can be viewed when it fits your schedule. Course materials, lectures and learning activities are released early each week and can be completed at any time during a one-week window.


  • Gain understanding of military structure and culture, and explore the differences between military branches across eras.
  • Examine the readjustment process for veterans and families, focusing on a person-in-the-environment perspective
  • Interpret physical strengths, deficits and chronic challenges for both short-term and long-term functioning during military service
  • Evaluate common behavioral health issues facing veterans and their families; factors that enhance successful outcomes and wellness
  • Examine the role of spirituality in veteran functioning and the concept of moral injury
  • Appraise veteran social functioning across social systems (i.e., home, friendship, work) appreciating interactive influences
  • Identify and use resources for Veterans and their families

Meet Your Instructor: Carolyn Abbruzzese, MSW, LISW-S, MA has a dual Master degree in Social Work and Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University. She is currently the coordinator of the contract Methadone Treatment Program in Recovery Services at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus, Ohio. Carolyn is also a community lecturer with College of Social Work at Ohio State and is trained in CBT, DBT and MET.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact us at (preferred) or via telephone at 614-292-3032. Requests received at least 14-days in advance of the course start date will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the College of Social Work will make every effort to meet all accommodation requests that we receive.

Information regarding grievances are available for review here:

The Ohio State University, College of Social Work is an approved provider for the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board. Provider Number: RCST111747

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved* provider for The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Provider Number: 50-24068
*Courses that have been approved for this Board will note the appropriate content areas within the Course Description.