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Understanding and Supporting The Emotional Health of Student Veterans 


Premiere Date: 04/30/12

This activity offers CE credit for:
1. Physicians (CME)
2. Nurses (CNE)
3. Psychologists (APA)
4. Social Workers (NASW)
5. Licensed Mental Health Counselors (NBCC)

All other clinicians will either receive a CME Attendance Certificate or may choose any of the types of CE credit being offered.

Credit Expiration Date: 04/30/14


Sheryl Frye, MS, MSW
Assistant Director of Counseling Services
Office of Support and Advocacy
Northern Illinois University

John MacPhee, MBA
Executive Director
The Jed Foundation

William E. Smith, BSW, MS
Health Educator, Student Health & Wellness
Faculty/Staff Advisor, Student Veterans Organization
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Statement of Need:

With the passage of the post 9-11 GI Bill in 2008, which provided increased education benefits for military personnel, and the official end to the war in Iraq, more veterans than ever are entering colleges and universities. Specifically, the number of veterans receiving post-9/11 GI Bill benefits has gone from 34,393 in 2009 to 555,329 in 2011. Many of these student veterans are transitioning from combat to college after deployments in Iraq or Afghanistan. Student veterans bring with them a unique set of skills and experiences that make them a valued addition to our higher education institutions. However, the adjustment to campus life poses a variety of challenges to student veterans. There are things that you and your institution can do to support that transition.

Activity Goal:

To equip college medical and mental health professionals with the knowledge and resources to support the emotional health of student veterans.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

● Describe military culture and the adjustment issues related to the transition from the military to the classroom
● Recognize ways to make the health and counseling centers and their programs more veteran-friendly
● Identify some of the mental health issues that may be experienced by some student veterans and recognize how the signs and symptoms may manifest in individuals
● List resources for referral and additional training information

Target Audience
Physicians, psychologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, mental health counselors, and other health care professionals with an interest in the positive integration of student veterans into college campuses.

Financial Support
The Jed Foundation and CME Outfitters gratefully acknowledge an educational grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation in support of this CME/CE activity.

Credit Information
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of CME Outfitters, LLC and The Jed Foundation. CME Outfitters, LLC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Outfitters, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE Credit (Nurses): Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15510, for 1.0 contact hour.

CEP Credit (Psychologists): Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CME Outfitters maintains responsibility for this program and its content. (1.0 CE credit)

NASW Credit (Social Workers): This program was approved by the National Association of Social Workers (provider #886407722) for 1 continuing education contact hour.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars is an approved provider (5596) by the National Board For Certified Counselors and adheres to NBCC sponsorship guidelines. This program is acceptable for NBCC continuing education credits. CES maintains responsibility for this program.

CME, CNE and NASW: Post-test, credit request forms, and activity evaluations must be completed at (requires a free account activation) and participants can print their certificate or statement of credit immediately (80% pass rate required). This website supports all browsers except Internet Explorer for Mac. For complete technical requirements and privacy policy, visit

For Psychologists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors (NBCC): Log in at:, click on “Obtain Your Certificate” at the bottom of the left column, click on the program you participated in, fill in the form, follow the instructions, and use ID #: 12107 – Plus your professional license number.

Disclosure Declaration
It is the policy of CME Outfitters, LLC, to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor and integrity in all of their CME/CE activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with commercial companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, or with the commercial supporter of this CME/CE activity. CME Outfitters, LLC, has evaluated, identified, and attempted to resolve any potential conflicts of interest through a rigorous content validation procedure, use of evidence-based data/research, and a multidisciplinary peer review process. The following information is for participants only. It is not assumed that these relationships will have a negative impact on the presentations.

Sheryl Frye, MS, MSW has no disclosures to report.

John MacPhee, MBA, has no disclosures to report.

William E. Smith, BSW, MS has no disclosures to report.

Morton Silverman, MD, (Planning Committee) has no disclosures to report.

Juliet Konvisser, MBA, (Planning Committee) has no disclosures to report.

Jan Perez, CCMEP, (Planning Committee) has no disclosures to report.

Howard Bliwise, MD (content/peer reviewer) has no disclosures to report. 

Ruth Cody, BSN, RN-BC (content/peer reviewer) has no disclosures to report. 

Nancy Jennings, MSN, MBA, MHA, RNC (content/peer reviewer) has no disclosures to report.