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Recruiting Veterans for the College of Social Work

Removing the Boots Doesn’t Mean Removing the Skills

The University of Tennessee, College of Social Work, actively recruits veterans to continue to serve beyond the battlefield. Military training has provided vital skills that are often needed in the social work profession. The versatility of our programs provides for leadership development in both the clinical practice arena and the organizational management or advocacy positions.

Social Work is an excellent way for returning veterans to “leave no soldier behind” (Dan Lapinski) here on the home front. We offer training and career opportunities for veterans to be supportive of each other and to provide resources to help fellow warriors heal and reintegrate into new and better civilian lives. For more information contact Susan Bryant, Coordinator, Student Recruitment and Student Affairs.

A Yellow Ribbon College

The College of Social Work is on the quest to participate in assisting veterans to achieve their BSSW, MSSW, DSW or PhD in Social Work.

Yellow Ribbon SchoolThe College of Social Work was the second program at the University of Tennessee to receive approval to participate in the Yellow Ribbon G.I. Bill Education Enhancement Program, also known as the Yellow Ribbon Program. The College of Social Work will make a contribution to one individual student during the academic year, for a maximum amount of $3,000.00 per academic year. The Yellow Ribbon Program matches the scholarship, doubling the benefit to the student. This award will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis. The program agreement permits the school and the Veterans Administration to provide matching funds to cover all or a portion of the outstanding amount of established charges not covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Yellow Ribbon Program is part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and eligibility for the benefit at College of Social Work is open to DSW or MSSW graduate students in good standing.

For information about additional eligibility requirements, go to the UT Veterans Affairs page. The program agreement permits the school and the VA to provide matching funds to cover all or a portion of the outstanding amount of established charges not covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Continuing Education for Social Work Service Providers in Tennessee

For many veteran servicemen and women, the wars they have left behind become a silent war with invisible wounds when they return home. The reintegration process is often difficult, fraught with serious mental health issues, family reintegration struggles, depression and anxiety, fear of loss of purpose, financial worries, PTSD, and even homelessness. Social workers are actively involved in assessing these needs, and assisting veterans and their families with this adjustment.

Despite the 22% decline in veteran suicides, the number of individuals suffering in silence continues to climb. The demand for highly qualified military social workers is at an unprecedented high.

The UT College of Social Work is offering online training for Tennessee service providers at no charge. Based upon 8 face-to-face trainings offered during the 2013-2014 year, these online modules provide a breadth of training for social workers who are privileged to serve our veterans, military personnel, and their families. For full information, click here

Trauma-Informed Certificate Program with a Military Focus

The University of Tennessee, College of Social Work seeks to support veterans and their families throughout the reintegration process by providing specialized education and training to veteran service providers and social work students who have an interest in working with military families. As part of our MSSW Program, we offer a Trauma Certificate with a Military Social Work focus, which allows students to study the effects of trauma on the brain and its neuro-scientific consequences. As a result, we are able to study and apply cutting-edge, evidence-based interventions and related best practices.