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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Community Care and Counseling

Military Career and Community Transition
MILT-625

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This graduate course examines the two primary transitions of military life: the reintegration challenges that recently deployed military members encounter as they blend back into family, community, church, and a peacetime setting; and the transition from military to civilian life and career. Students will identify and critique strategies meant to facilitate a positive adjustment, while exploring possible Biblical and Christian interventions to support veterans in this transition back into family and community life as well as new careers. Specific course content will focus on the role of the caregiver or helping profession. Special focus will be given to providing resources and various avenues of assistance to these military service men and women who may not know of these services.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This graduate course is designed to equip caregivers with knowledge, skills, and expertise to assist veterans in life transitions. These transitions may present as reintegration into family, community and church. Emphasis will also be placed on various aspects of developing positive career transition skills. Special focus however will be to directed to the student who wishes to develop career expertise as a professional caregiver for this population.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Examine the needs the new military veterans experience when transitioning from the military to civilian life.
  2. Choose and apply biblical strategies to support veterans during the transition period.
  3. Indicate and critique effective strategies for facilitating positive adjustment to family life.
  4. Discuss and evaluate solutions to addictions and mental health issues.
  5. Describe the possible physical challenges and disabilities resulting from warfare, and appraise the current interventions meant to assist in the adaptation of such disabilities.
  6. List the current barriers to gaining employment after military life, and select possible solutions.
  7. Explore and create a multifaceted faith-based program to meet one of the major transitional challenges for veterans.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Savino, C.S. & Krannich, R.L. (2019). The military to civilian transition guide. Manassas Park, VA: Impact Publications. ISBN: 978-0-9996123-1-6.

Slone, L.B. & Friedman, M.J. (2008). After the war zone: A practical guide for returning troops and their families. Philiadelphia: Da Capo Press. ISBN: 9781600940545

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

There will be 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each Discussion Board Forum. Each thread is to be at least 400 words in length and integrate information drawn from the course. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmates’ thread. The reply should be 250 words.

Community Survey Paper

The student will develop a 7–8-page research paper that identifies the various services provided for military veterans in their local areas. This brief survey will present a brief rationale for this survey, a Biblical mandate to provide services, the services themselves and the agencies providing them and any unmet needs that the lack of services identify. This survey is designed for the student who may one day enter the helping profession and work with veterans in their community. This survey should be submitted as 1 document completed in APA writing style/format, with a title page, abstract, and reference page(s).

Case Study Paper

The student will read, analyze, and develop a treatment strategy to meet the needs of the veteran in the Case Study. This strategic plan will draw from the earlier research done in the Community Survey Paper and consist of identifying up to 6 needs in the case, identifying services that will assist in meeting these needs and a strategy to do so. This 10–12-page paper is designed for the student in his or her development as a professional caregiver with veterans during this most important and stressful transition phase.

Quizzes (4)

Quizzes will be open-book/open-note and be timed at 60 minutes each. The student will need to review carefully all of the reading to answer 30-objective questions successfully.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 65 pts. ea.)

260

Community Survey Paper

250

Case Study Paper

250

Quiz 1

(Modules 1–2)

60

Quiz 2

(Modules 3–4)

60

Quiz 3

(Modules 5–6)

60

Quiz 4

(Modules 7–8)

60

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

MILT 625

Textbooks: Savino & Krannich, The Military to Civilian Transition Guide (2019).

Slone & Friedman, After the War Zone (2008).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Slone & Friedman: chs. 1–3

3 presentations

2 websites

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

10

0

2

Slone & Friedman: ch. 9

3 presentations

2 websites

DB Forum 1

Quiz 1

65

60

3

Slone & Friedman: chs. 4–6

3 presentations

1 article

1 website

DB Forum 2

65

4

Slone & Friedman: chs. 11–13, 15

4 presentations

4 websites

Quiz 2

Community Survey Paper

60

250

5

Slone & Friedman: ch. 8

1 presentation

2 websites

DB Forum 3

65

6

Savino & Krannich: chs. 1–2, 7

4 presentations

1 website

Quiz 3

60

7

Savino & Krannich: chs. 4–8, 11 presentations

1 website

DB Forum 4

Case Study Paper

65

250

8

Slone & Friedman: chs. 10, 14

Savino & Krannich: ch. 3

2 presentations

2 websites

Quiz 4

60

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.