Military Social Work

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The need for practitioners prepared to work effectively with military servicemembers, Veterans and their families is acute. The Smith College School for Social Work (SSW) has been serving the mental health needs of military Veterans and servicemembers since it opened in 1919. The School was created expressly to provide mental health services to traumatized soldiers suffering from shell shock following World War I. As our focus has broadened from that original mission, and as social work education and training have evolved, SSW has maintained a commitment to graduating social workers with extensive knowledge and clinical social work practice experience in treating military Veterans, servicemembers and their families.

Training social workers to work with military-affiliated individual & families

At the School for Social Work, you can learn to provide critical services to military Veterans, servicemembers and their families in your courses, in field internships and from your peers in the program.

Use the menu links to learn more about how our program provides opportunities for interested students to prepare for social work with military-affiliated individual and families.

Leadership

Professor Kathryn Basham leads SSW's efforts to educate clinical social workers to work with military Veteran and servicemember populations. Her scholarly expertise focuses on clinical social work practice, research and education related to the effects of deployment and combat stress on the re-integration of servicemembers, Veterans, and their families.

Learn more about military social work at Smith SSW!