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Veteran-Friendly Institution Counseling Center Program

December 30, 1899


A student’s ability to achieve their academic goals involves many factors outside of just the classroom experience. 

One area that can significantly impact a student's ability to thrive academically is a struggle with mental health issues. Stress, anxiety, and depression can be all consuming and inhibitive. 

This has been the case for some service members and veterans attending school with combat experience and/or combat related injuries (psychological, cognitive, or physical), post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury.  Institutions of higher education have started to seek out ways they can provide prompt, appropriate, and effective mental health services for their student veterans. 

In order to meet both the needs of the institutions and their students, ACE has partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) to launch the Veteran-Friendly Institution Counseling Center Program. 


This program provides free training to college and university mental health counseling centers throughout the country on how to better address issues such as post-traumatic stress and suicide prevention in their work treating students. With its informative and engaging training those attending the workshops will increase competency in the concerns, challenges, culture, and experience of service members and veterans attending college.

This is a CEU eligible program.

 Curriculum Covers:
  • Culture and Experience of Service Members and Veterans on Campus
  • The Deployment Cycle and its Impact on Students
  • Reintegration on Campus 
  • Outreach Strategies and Group Exercise
  • Overview of Treatments for PTSD on Campus
       Introductions to:
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

*Additional, in-depth training on PE and CPT is available as a follow on training. 

To bring the training to your counseling center, contact: 

Support for the ACE-CDP University Counseling Center Core Competency Program (UC4) is made possible in part by a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF).

For more information about BWF, visit:


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