Building Military Cultural Competence
The Institute for Disaster Mental Health (IDMH), Office of Veteran & Military Services (OVMS) at SUNY New Paltz, and the Student Veterans of America (SVA) are pleased to announce our health and wellness initiative: Building Military Cultural Competency: A Training Program for Higher Education Health and Wellness Professionals. This training serves to promote military cultural competence in higher education for campus professionals working with military-affiliated students.
This training is intended for:
• Professionals working in campus medical/health, counseling, career, or disability services
• Other professionals interested in learning more about working with military-affiliated students 
The learning objectives for our training are as follows:
• Understanding military culture, how it differs from the culture of higher education, and the impact of these two different cultures on military students
• Understand military students’ perceptions of their strengths, challenges and their needs on campus
• Understand military students’ help-seeking attitudes behaviors and decision-making processes, including barriers and access points
• Consider how you can use this information to build engagement and outreach strategies with military-affiliated students
Thanks to generous support from the New York State Health Foundation, there was no cost to participants for this event’s registration. Please pass this along to your colleagues and anyone else interested.
Past training dates and locations were as follows:
October 16th, 2018: Buffalo State College, 11:00AM-5:00PM
October 17th, 2018: SUNY Oswego, 10:00AM-4:00PM
October 18th, 2018: Hudson Valley Community College, 10:00AM-4:00PM
October 22nd, 2018: SUNY Stony Brook, 10:00AM-4:00PM
October 24th, 2018: SUNY New Paltz, 10:00AM-4:00PM
February 14th, 2019: SUNY Maritime, 10:00AM-4:00PM
February 15th, 2019: SUNY Nassau Community College, 9:30AM-3:30PM
March 1st, 2019: CUNY Central Office, 10:00AM-4:00PM

A handout of the presentation slides can be accessed here: Building Military Cultural Competence

During the training program, vignettes of Military-Affiliated Students were presented to attendees. These vignettes can be viewed below:

If you would like you host this training on your campus, please contact to discuss further details.