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. The VMF Focus is part of Joining Forces–UB.
The Veterans Health Administration of Western New York offers competitive advanced year student placements for MSW students. Priority is given to students involved in the Joining Forces-UB project.
The number of stipends varies in any given year and are only granted to interns in their advanced year. Students should select the VA as their advanced year placement. The stipends are competitively awarded to accepted applicants. The stipend amount is approximately $5,500.
The Veterans Health Administration recommends that all interns take a graduate level psychopathology course prior to MSW program completion.
Some Veterans Health Administration programs require interns to have taken Psychopathology at the graduate level prior to placement. These include: Mental Health Intake and Evaluation Unit, Mental Health Clinic, Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Programs. Placements in the Day Treatment Center and Healthcare for Homeless Veterans require that Psychopathology be taken prior to placement or during the first semester of the advanced year.
Joining Forces–UB is a one-of-a-kind program for students who want to make a positive impact on U.S. veterans and military families. In alignment with the national “Joining Forces” initiative, students in UB’s nationally recognized social work and nursing programs get specialized training and instruction in veteran and military family care.