Online Continuing Education (CE) Courses

The USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families offers continuing education courses that are open enrollment, so students do not have to be admitted to USC to access them. All courses are self-paced. In many states, licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) and licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) who complete our courses can earn CE credit hours through the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

NOTICE: CIR’s online continuing education courses are currently being updated and will be moving to a new learning platform with improved functionality in early September 2014. Thank you for your patience and your interest in our course offerings. For more information, contact Luci Ursich, project specialist/curriculum, at

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Current Courses


A broad introduction for civilian professionals to military culture. This essential first course is designed to promote understanding of military culture and related life circumstances among civilian professionals who do not have substantial knowledge of military life or extensive experience engaging military-affiliated clients. Complex issues regarding the military as a culture will be examined, including warrior identity and ethos, structure and roles of the service branches, motivations for military service, patterns of socialization, diversity issues and their policy implications, and the ethical considerations and reporting obligations specific to working with service members. (CEU: 6 credit hours)


A broad introduction for behavioral health providers to clinical practice with military populations. This course considers the needs of active duty and reserve component service members and veterans at different developmental phases of the military life course, as well as the needs of military families. The ways these clients may cope with a range of physical health, mental health and psychosocial issues are examined, with special attention given to stress reactions, including acute stress disorder (ASD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-occurring disorders, such as depression, substance abuse and intimate partner violence. This course also introduces key evidence-based treatment modalities, including cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, problem solving treatment, stress inoculation training and other cognitive behavioral therapies. Policy regarding treatment confidentiality issues will also be discussed. (CEU: 6 credit hours)


Rooted in the principles and skills of motivational interviewing, this course teaches clinicians how to instill motivation in clients through specific techniques that are designed to elicit behavior change by helping clients explore and resolve ambivalence. This course is tailored specifically for professional behavioral health clinicians working with service members, veterans and their families at different developmental phases of the military life course. Common clinical diagnoses and issues that prohibit military personnel and their families from seeking mental health treatment will be discussed. (CEU: 6 credit hours)

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