MSW Veteran and Military Family Focus

Digital Badge for veteran and military family microcredential .

The Veteran and Military Family (VMF) curriculum Focus provides an opportunity for UB social work students interested in working with veterans and/or military family members to receive education and training to better serve this population.

Now Micro-credentialed!

We are excited to announce that the Veteran and Military Family Focus has been approved for a Micro-credential (more info below)

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Overview of MSW VMF Focus

  • The Focus provides hands-on, practice-oriented coursework and fieldwork that will give MSW students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed at UB and beyond.
  • Students in the Focus will be equipped to make a positive impact on veterans and military families.

VMF Focus Requirements

  • Course: SW720 Introduction to Issues in Veteran and Military Family Care; taken in the foundation year (3 credits).
  • Field Placement(s): Required in the advanced year; an additional VMF foundation year placement is optional. Minimum of 6 credits.
  • Inter-Professional Seminar: Four meetings (two each semester) over the course of the advanced year field placement. No credits.
  • Portfolio of VMF-Relevant Assignments: Additional graded assignments from 3 or more courses with veterans and/or military families as the target population. The majority of assignments are from the Advanced year.

Veteran and Military Family Focus Micro-Credential

Digital Badge for veteran and military family microcredential .

In order to earn the Veteran and Military Family Focus micro-credential, students will complete the VMF Focus Requirements as well as a Statement of Learning. 

  • SW720: Introduction to Issues in Veteran and Military Family Care
  • Advanced year veteran-related Field placement
  • Advanced year VMF Interprofessional Education (IPE) seminar
  • Preparation of a portfolio of military-related assignments
  • Statement of Student Learning

The digital badge will appear on your transcript and you will be able to share the achievement and competencies with employers, colleagues and peers.

Contact Dr. Lisa D. Butler
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