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February 27, 2020 Thursday 01:09:39 PM IST

UBC developing new program to assist veterans in career transition

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The University of British Columbia is developing a certificate program in international development and human security, tailored to veterans. The new program is specifically designed to assist veterans in translating the skills they have acquired through military service to new academic and career opportunities outside of the forces.

UBC is also committed to provide programs and services specially designed for veterans including:

Specialized mental health and counselling support

Priority student housing

Social and recreational opportunities

Professional development courses

A Royal Canadian Legion Branch, the first new branch established in British Columbia in more than 25 years

UBC’s veteran-friendly campus initiative is led by Marvin Westwood, founder of the faculty of education’s Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma (CGCT) and the Veterans Transition Program – a group-based program developed at UBC by psychologists and medical experts that has assisted veterans transitioning back to civilian life since 1997.

As part of the initiative, the university will also revise its admission process for veterans to identify themselves as well as ensure staff and faculty members are more mindful when communicating about veteran-related topics.

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