Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Educational Studies


College of Education

First Advisor

Joshua Gold


This study utilizes qualitative inquiry to examine the perceptions of nine civilian mental health clinicians. The goal of this study is to answer the primary question: How do civilian mental health clinicians perceive working with the military population? The three sub questions that further direct this study are: (a) how do the clinicians describe their perceptions of their knowledge base to work with the military, (b) how do the clinicians describe their attitudes and beliefs about this special population, and (c) how do the clinicians describe their understanding about the world view of the military population? To answer these research questions, semi-structured interviews were conducted and analyzed using phenomenological methodology. The results are presented along with implications for counselor educators, supervisors, and clinicians.