Veterans Counseling Certificate

Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
Student Certificate Requirements
ADCL 235C Physiology and Pharmacology of Addiction 3 0 3
HSV 195C Human Service Practicum I * 2 8 4
HSV 230C Specialized Topics in Veterans Counseling 3 0 3
HSV 242C Ethics and the Professional Helper 3 0 3
PSYC 250C Traumatic Brain Injury in Veterans Populations 3 0 3
Professional Certificate Requirements
ADCL 235C Physiology and Pharmacology of Addiction 3 0 3
HSV 230C Specialized Topics in Veterans Counseling 3 0 3
HSV 242C Ethics and the Professional Helper 3 0 3
PSYC 250C Traumatic Brain Injury in Veterans Populations 3 0 3
PSYC 255C Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Trauma in Veterans 3 0 3
* The student will also complete an interview with the practicum coordinator the semester prior to the first scheduled practicum. Special requests regarding practicum entrance may be brought to the department head by the student. Review of the requests will be made by the department faculty and special exemptions may be made for entrance into the practicum.

Curriculum for students entering program in 2018-19.

The NHTI Veterans Counseling Certificate is the first program to be offered in New Hampshire that focuses specifically on veterans services. It is designed for professionals in the counseling, social work, addiction counseling fields, as well as students and other paraprofessionals who are seeking specific knowledge and skills to work and serve with today's veteran population. Students must achieve a grade of "C" or higher for each course to qualify for the certificate. The program offers two unique certificates. The first is designed for college students and paraprofessionals who are interested in the veteran services career field.   The second certificate is designed for professionals who are currently working with veterans or plan to work with veterans and their families. This certificate may be taken in conjunction with a variety of degree granting programs.

This program is financial aid eligible.  To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must submit an official, final high school transcript, or the equivalent documentation that demonstrates high school completion, to the NHTI Admissions Office.

“Of the 2.4 million active duty and reserves who were deployed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, almost 30% (730,000 men and women) will have a mental health condition. More than 18% will suffer from PTSD, major depression, or a combination of both disorders. A 2008 Department of Defense Health Behavior Survey reports an increase in prescription drug abuse and heavy alcohol use with one post-deployment study showing that 27% of veterans met criteria for alcohol abuse.”
National Council for Behavioral Health at

“Employment of rehabilitation counselors is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for rehabilitation counselors is expected to grow with the increase in the elderly population and with the continued rehabilitation needs of other groups, such as veterans and people with disabilities.” Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Rehabilitation Counselors, on the Internet at (visited June 6, 2018).

Career opportunities encompass almost every aspect of the helping profession in substance abuse counseling, health and human services, community mental health centers,  community resource centers,  homeless shelters and services, VA Hospitals including their specialty care units and research/service centers.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Statement

Specific Admission Requirements – STUDENT CERTIFICATE TRACK

  1. Candidates are required to have a personal interview with a department faculty member.

Specific Admission Requirements – PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE TRACK

  1. Candidates are encouraged to have a personal interview with a department faculty member.
  2. Currently possesses a Degree from an accredited Master’s, Bachelor’s or Associate’s program. Master’s and Bachelor’s degree students presently working towards their degree and have completed some counseling or applicable psychology courses.
  3. Paraprofessionals in the helping field who have two years documented experience working in the field of veteran services may be eligible. An interview with the department head is required. Any questions regarding this requirement please email the department head.

Expected Student Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the psychological, social, vocational, and health needs of veterans, and the impact of those needs upon the individual and their family system;
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, screen, and conduct various types of groups for veterans;
  • Demonstrate the ability to network and link veterans and their families with specialized services;
  • Demonstrate applied skills of interviewing, assessment, and counseling, as well as other designated skills utilized in the field of veterans services.

The Veterans Counseling Certificate is housed within the Human Service & Addiction Counseling Program. The following material and standards makes reference to Human Service and Addiction Counseling students. This referencing also includes students in this certificate.

Sobriety Statement The Human Service Department abides by the accepted national standard that recommends a minimum of two years of sobriety for any prospective trainee in the field of alcohol and other drug abuse counseling. This also applies to the Veterans Counseling Certificate.

Internship, Health, Technical and Character Standards for Addiction Counseling, Human Service and Veterans Counseling

Internship Considerations
NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college’s first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

Character Expectations
Human Service, Addiction Counseling and Veterans Counseling students work closely with individuals of all ages in the field. Many of the practicum sites and potential employers will perform a background check through the New Hampshire Department of Safety as well as police and potential FBI checks. A student’s driving record will also be examined and considered prior to acceptance of some practicum and employment opportunities.  The student may be called upon to pay for the previously mentioned background checks, etc.

Applicants who have been in difficulty with the law, depending upon the nature of the problem, may not be employable or even eligible for practica. Applicants need to discuss these issues in an interview or meeting, so that future goals will not be compromised.

Health Considerations
All Human Service majors will receive NHTI Health forms following acceptance. These forms must be completed, along with requested health physical exam and TB testing, prior to the start of classes. Each student is required to obtain NHTI Liability Insurance, starting in each academic year. The students will be billed directly. Students are also eligible to purchase Health Insurance through NHTI for their own health needs.

Technical Standards
Technical Standards have been established as guidance tools to inform program applicants of skills and standards necessary for successful completion of the Human Service programs.  Any applicant who has concerns or questions regarding the Technical Standards is encouraged to contact the Department Head to discuss their individual issues.  Students in the Human Service programs must be able to demonstrate:

  • Ability to communicate verbally as a student in classes, and later as a professional in individual and group counseling situations;
  • Sufficient verbal skills and language to: collaborate with a wide variety of helping professionals in clinical, societal and professional areas; deliver accurate and required information; and to search for information, e.g., questioning;
  • Sufficient writing ability to formulate written assessment, charting notes, and reports, etc.;
  • Ability to sustain cognitive integrity in areas of short- and long-term memory, areas of written documentation and follow-through of responsibilities;
  • Ability to concentrate on the execution of treatment plans, assigned skills and tasks as well as the integration and communication of this work for both short and long term periods of time;
  • Ability to work in settings that may lend themselves to frequent interruptions, immediate crisis response and role responsibility exchange;
  • Ability to cope with a variety of stressors, including people-place occurrences, and demonstrate safe and required care for individuals and the workplace as a whole;
  • Ability to secure transportation to practicum sites and classes;
  • Ability to consistently attend and participate in classes;
  • Ability to demonstrate and maintain organizational skills, time management and professional respect and conduct as a human service student, either at a practicum site, or in the community;
  • Ability to adhere to and practice the Human Service Department’s ethical guidelines.

Michael O'Bryant
Human Service and Addiction Counseling Dept. Head
(603) 271-6484 x4269

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

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