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Veterans Counseling Certificate

The first of its kind in Illinois, this 26-credit-hour program provides specialized training for individuals working with veterans. Beginning in the Fall 2011 semester, it meets a growing demand for professionals trained to handle the unique issues faced by those who serve our country.

Comprised of four existing Human Services courses and five new courses, the program includes a required 300-hour clinical fieldwork experience, qualifying students for an entry-level position upon completion.

The certificate is aimed at both undergraduate students who are interested in working with veterans in a variety of social service settings, and practicing clinicians already working in the field.

How Do I Get Started?

For more information, contact the Human Services department at (630) 942-2103 or (630) 942-2043.

Who could benefit from the Veterans Counseling Certificate?

  • Counselors, Social Workers and Psychologists
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselors
  • Clergy
  • Employee Assistance Program Counselors
  • State Agency Workers
  • VA Hospitals
  • Higher Education Administrators
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Human Resources Personnel
  • Charities Providing Services to Veterans
  • Police Officers and Firefighters
  • Doctors, Nurses and Other Medical Professionals 

Contact Information

Andrea Polites, MSW, LCSW, ICDVP, CADC, Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2536B, (630) 942-2103

Jason Florin, MHS, CAADC, MISA I, SAP, Associate Professor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2536, (630) 942-2043

Julie Trytek, LCPC, CADC, Assistant Professor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC) 2536, (630) 942-2328

Human Services Faculty and Adjunct Faculty

Kelly A. Lidinsky, Program Advisor
Human Services Programs
Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services
Direct line: (630) 942-3248
For appointments, contact Counseling & Advising

Human Services Office

The Human Services program office is located on the second floor of the Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2536.

Social/Behavioral Sciences and the Library Division Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06
(630) 942-2010