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The Role of Social Workers in the Military

Chris Flaherty, director of the Military Behavioral Health Research Laboratory and associate professor, shares valuable insight into the importance of military social work. He discusses how, with the military-specific skill sets UK’s online MSW provides, graduates can become advanced social workers who help service members and their families access the resources they need.

CHRISTOPHER FLAHERTY: Another area of service that military social workers provide is helping families who have special needs members connect with services that these members need. And oftentimes, those services are available off the base. When families with special needs members receive orders to a new assignment, for instance, the social worker will ensure that whatever special services are required are available at that location before the family ever moves there. And if they are not, the social worker works with command to find an assignment where these services are available to serve the needs of these families.