The Institute for Military & Veteran Family Wellness addresses the unique social support and behavioral health needs faced by military and veteran families. The Institute works to create a space for researchers, professionals and members of the community to collaborate and inform best practices as they relate to the wellbeing of service members, veterans and their families. The institute focuses on three key areas:
- Research on practices and programs intended to help service members, veterans and their families.
- Training & Graduate Education that equips professionals with knowledge and skills in evidence-based practices that are effective with service members, veterans and their families.
- Community Collaboration that strengthens partnerships among researchers and community-based service providers, and gains input from all stakeholders in military and veteran communities.
The institute serves as a home-base where researchers and community members can collaborate to determine effective care and develop and test programs and practices needed by service members, veterans, their caregivers, and their family members.
In addition, the program partners with expert trainers to support the training of health care professionals and graduate students in evidence-based treatments. Training of new professionals is essential to growing field of professionals who support military and veteran families. The Institute also offers assistance in research, training and community support for the implementation of effective practices to organizations that serve service members, veterans and their families.