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The Military Human: Understanding Military Culture and Transition

Gain an in depth understanding of military culture and the emotional transition adjustment experienced by service leavers and their families.

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Recent research has found that there should be improved training around armed forces community cultural issues. We believe a person-centred approach is the solution. By attending this high quality certificated and evidence based CPD training, organisations can evidence their commitment to the armed forces covenant and provide improved services to help support veterans and their families. We also offer bespoke courses for organisations wishing to book for a group.

Armed Forces Covenant

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Online, York campus

  • Course leader – Nick Wood MSc FHEA (Armed Forces and Uniformed Services Manager at York St John University)
  • Duration – 1 day
  • Dates and times

    28 February - online (FULLY BOOKED)

    6 March 2024 at our York campus

    16 April 2024 online

    5 June 2024 at our York campus

    13 August 2024 online

Course Fees

£110 per person at our York campus. £1,500 for in person on our York campus or externally for organisations wishing to book up to 16 staff (plus additional costs of car hire and accommodation if external)

£110 per person for online delivery. £1,100 for online delivery for organisations wishing to book up to 12 staff

Course information

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for anyone who is likely to interact with veterans and their families in a professional setting. This could include those working in:

  • Nursing
  • Health and social care
  • Social work
  • Education
  • Physiotherapy

What will I learn?

This course will give you an in-depth understanding of the needs of this specific client group.

We will provide you with a range of resources, and a tool kit to make your work with the Armed Forces Community more effective and efficient.

By completing the course you will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of military culture and how this may impact on accessing services
  • Gain a greater understanding of the issues facing ex Armed Forces personnel, Reservists or Dependants
  • Observe how the change curve (Kübler-Ross,1969) and culture shock (Adler,1975) influence transition adjustment when entering civilian life
  • Learn about the human journey of development how this may play a part in the transition and emotional adjustment experience to civilian life for service leavers and their families

The Military Human in numbers

  • Over 5,000 staff from a wide range of community service providers have already benefited from the CPD training including: Councils, HMPPS, NHS Trusts and NHS Veterans Mental Health teams.
  • Services for the Armed Forces community: 1,000 trained staff now providing services for the Armed Forces community
  • Bringing the Armed Forces Covenant to life: 150 attendees at our inaugural Military Human Conference
  • Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme: York St John University was awarded silver in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) in 2018


Course leader biographies

Nick Wood

Armed Forces and Uniformed Services Manager at York St John University

Nick served in the Royal Navy (Fleet Air Arm) and saw active service during the Falklands War in 1982. In 2010 he was awarded the Butler Trust HRH Princess Royal Award for services to veterans, following the development and national roll out of the Veterans In Custody Support model.

Nick has provided the Military Human CPD for military charities, NHS Op Courage, NHS Trusts and local authorities. Over 5000 staff have received the training since 2012. In 2018, he was nominated by Forces in Mind Trust at their Soldiering On Awards (SOA) candidate and is now a judge on the SOA panel.

Nick has contributed to the Office for Veterans Affairs supporting public awareness campaigns. His other ongoing projects include supporting NHS Op Courage teams and continuing to support His Majesty's Prison and Probation Service Creating Future Opportunities.

Nick's extensive research and impact report portfolio has gained international interest due to the person-centred approach, which can be applied to other militaries outside of the UK.


Mick Fleming

Armed Forces and Uniformed Services Manager at York St John University

Mick served in the British Army in Royal Signals, completing operational tours in Iraq (1991), Bosnia (1998), Iraq (2003) and finally in Afghanistan (2010) before retiring from service in 2014. His career, spanning over 34 years, included periods of service with both Airborne Forces and Commando Forces. It was these experiences that inspired him to focus on the training and development of teams and individuals. He also has postgraduate qualifications in strategic leadership and management and executive coaching and mentoring.

Since retiring from the armed forces, Mick has worked as a manager, trainer and coach within multiple sectors. He recently worked for a national military charity as the Recovery College Delivery Manager within the Personnel Recovery Centre in Catterick Garrison.

Mick continues to directly support the veterans' community, alongside his work at York St John University, as a facilitator and coach within the Help for Heroes Pathfinder programme. This helps wounded or ill veterans to learn more about themselves and find opportunities open to them.

Mick has first-hand experience transitioning and resettling after a military career so he understands the tremendous challenges that navigating this chapter in life can present.

The Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant has been signed by all of the Local Authorities in the UK (including 3 in Northern Ireland) and is part of the NHS Constitution (NHS, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) or commissioned Health and Social Care providers

How to apply

You can book your place on this course for any of the below dates through our online store.

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12 December 2023 free taster session

15 December 2023 free taster session

28 February 2024 online

6 March 2024 at our York campus

16 April 2024 online

5 June 2024 at our York campus

13 August 2024 online

We also offer bespoke courses for organisations wishing to book for a group of staff members. Get in touch using the form below to find out more.



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