Colorado State University Global Launches New Fully Online Program in Military and Emergency Responder Psychology

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The program provides much-needed behavioral health training to those supporting military personnel and emergency responders.

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CSU Global is the nation's first fully online state university.

Students in CSU Global's new program will learn to support military and first responders; apply these skills in a variety of settings including mental health clinics, employee assistance programs, and substance abuse treatment programs; and truly be a positive change agent for society.

Colorado State University Global (CSU Global) – a premier provider of innovative higher-learning opportunities through high-quality, career-relevant, and affordable online education – is proud to announce its new master’s degree in Military and Emergency Responder Psychology.

Among the first of its kind in the nation, the 60-credit hour program is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of the values, mindset, and occupational hazards that military and first responder personnel face on a daily basis. The program includes coursework that is aligned with the CACREP standards to help prepare students to sit for the National Counselor Exam and internships and ensure students gain real-world experience in this area to complement their learning.

“We are so excited about the opportunity to support the mental wellness of our military and emergency responder communities. Students in this program will learn the theory and counseling skills needed to support traumatized individuals and their family members; apply these skills in a variety of settings including mental health clinics, employee assistance programs, and substance abuse treatment programs; and truly be a positive change agent for society” said CSU Global Provost and VP of Strategic Development, Dr. Karen Ferguson.

The demand for first responder psychology support services is growing, with employment in this area expected to grow 22 percent from 2018-2028, specifically for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). First responders, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, and military service members face unique emotional and mental healthcare needs. The trauma and stress these professionals experience across their daily responsibilities require personnel specially trained to address such challenges.

For more information about CSU Global’s online Master of Science degree in Military and Emergency Responder Psychology, please visit CSUGlobal.edu/MERP.

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About Colorado State University Global
Colorado State University Global (CSU Global) offers career-relevant programs for modern learners. As the first and only 100% online, fully accredited public university in the United States, CSU Global is focused on student success as its number one priority. Embracing the land-grant heritage as part of the Colorado State University System, CSU Global sets the standard for quality and innovation in higher education through its expert faculty, who are recognized as industry leaders and trained in working with adults in an online learning environment. CSU Global offers accelerated eight-week courses that start every four weeks. Visit CSUGlobal.edu to learn more.

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