Treating Behavioral Health in the Military: An Alliance with Civilian Providers

Day 1: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Opening Sessions in Auditorium

7:30am Sign-In and Breakfast

8:30am Posting of the Colors/Welcome and Introductions

9:00am  Behavioral Health Issues as it Relates to Military Culture

9:30am Influence

10:30am Break

11:00am What Traumatic Stress Does to the Brain and Body

Breakout Sessions Options

1:15pm – 2:30pm and 3:00pm – 4:15pm

Ashlee WallsSupporting Service and Family Members in Your Community Through All Deployment Cycles

Description: In this session participants will have the opportunity to learn about the various branches and components of the military, common terms and acronyms, the various phrases of the deployment cycle and associated emotions, the reintegration process and how it impacts the various components different as well as how to provide support for the service and/or family member in your community based offices and practices.

Gary DavisWhat Not to Say to Veterans

Description: To provide civilian providers with an understanding of how to approach service members to establish rapport and gain trust. Presentation will also include information about substance abuse treatment at Farley Center.

Gerard Schmidt, MA, LPC, MAC Treating Options for Opioid Dependence

Description: Presentation will focus on various types of treatment for opioid dependence, including medication-assisted treatment. Presentation will also look at the options for military members and how these treatment options differ from those in civilian population.

Amanda Rubenstein and Jeremy Fouts Paws4Vets

Description: Through the paws4vets Assistance Dog Placement Program, Veterans, Active-Duty Service Members or their dependents with physical, neurological, psychiatric or emotional disabilities can receive Psychiatric Service Dogs, Mobility Service Dogs and Rehabilitative Assistance Dogs.  Presentation will focus on the services provided, the process, as well as personal experiences of one WVARNG service member, retired SSG Jeremy Fouts, with his service dog, Emma.

David Pierce Ervin Post Traumatic Growth – A Warrior’s Experience

Description: This presentation will focus on one soldier’s journey from combat to returning home and coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Presentation will discuss his experiences with symptoms of PTSD, treatment, and recovery process, as well as how he assists other veterans.

6:00pm Dinner Mexican Outside the Liberty Lounge sponsored by Valley HealthCare System

Day 2: Thursday, September 15, 2016

7:15am – 8:00am (Breakfast on Your Own)

8:00am – 10:00am Jeffrey H. Cook, Ph.D.Military Culture and Terminology:  Enhancing Military Cultural Competence –

Description: This training module is for civilian mental health providers who want to develop a better understanding about how the military works and who comprises the armed forces. It provides an overview of military culture to include basics about its history, organizational structure, core values, branches of the service, mission and operations, as well as the differences between the active and reserve components.  Participants acquire greater competency in working with Service members by learning military culture and terminology, and by discussing how aspects of the military culture impact behaviors and perspectives.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the structure and major components of the United States military.
  2. Identify common characteristics of the military population and how they compare to the general population.
  3. Discuss the importance of a distinct culture to the military.
  4. Describe elements of the military experience and lifestyle that are integral to military culture.

10:10am-10:15am Morning Break/Network with Vendors

10:15am-11:45am Jeffrey H. Cook, Ph.D. – Moral Injury in Veterans

Description:  Over two million Veterans have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of these troops have been exposed to traumatic events, some of which are morally confusing or inexplicable. While PTSD has received significant attention as a result of these wars, less focus has been on moral injury – the deep emotional pain an individual feels stemming from a perceived transgression of his or her moral, ethical or spiritual beliefs, or what he or she considers to be right or wrong that tarnishes the soul.

This presentation will provide an overview of moral injury, including definitions, examples, and clinical implications for Veterans, as well as suggested clinical strategies for assessment and treatment. There will be a discussion on the challenges of helping military clients who wrestle with moral injury and ways to assist in their healing process.

11:45am-1:00pm Lunch (provided)

1:00pm-3:00pm Jeffrey H. Cook, Ph.D. – Etiology, Assessment and Treatment of PTSD

Description: This training module reviews common reactions to trauma and various risk factors and processes that contribute to the development of PTSD with a focus on combat stress. Participants review the diagnostic criteria for ASD and PTSD and learn about the prevalence of trauma and PTSD including combat exposure experienced by Service members in Iraq and Afghanistan. The goal is for participants to understand elements that influence a natural versus impeded recovery from a traumatic experience and therefore how and why symptoms of ASD and PTSD and comorbid problems develop.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To increase knowledge about the development of PTSD.
  2. To increase knowledge about risk factors for PTSD in military personnel.
  3. To identify rates of PTSD in the general population and in the military population.
  4. To identify the relationship between Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and PTSD.
  5. To become familiar with types of traumatic exposure experienced by service members in OIF and OEF.
  6. To review common comorbid disorders/problems with PTSD.

6:00pm Dinner outside the Liberty Lounge

Day 3:  Friday, September 16, 2016

Breakout Sessions Options

8:45am-10:00am and 10:30am-11:45am

LTC John Snedegar Pharmacology Issues in Treating Military Members

Description: In this session, participants will have the opportunity to learn what medications may be and may not be taken by active service members in the National Guard. Participants will learn the medications that may be utilized to treat behavioral health disorders, while still maintaining an active status in the National Guard. 

Sara Miller, MPHTreating Traumatic Brain Injury

Description: This session will present an overview of various types and treatment of TBI.

Paul Y. Quijano (Fleet Marine Force/Surface Warfare) – Operation Tohidu: Holistic Treatment for Wounded Warriors

Description: The participants will learn the importance of being able to transition from a combat to non-combat environment and what resources they have available to the members and their families. 

Brian Sharp, Ph. D. – Mental Health First Aid Overview

Description: This session will present an overview of Mental Health First Aid, a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses.

Toney Colagrosso – Understanding Tricare

Description: This session will discuss the different Tricare programs and how they affect the sponsors and their families. The programs are Tricare Prime Remote, Tricare Standard, Tricare Reserve Select, Tricare Young Adult, Tricare Retired Reserve, also will briefly explain how each of these programs work with Behavioral Health.

Frances Burgess, MA & Tamatha Miller, MSW & Sarah Roberts– Treating the Whole Service Member

Description: Information will be provided by three members of Huntington VA to address issues of homelessness, vocational rehabilitation, and legal issues. Discussion of services provided by the VA.

11:45am – 1:00pm Lunch

3:00pm-3:15pm – Wrap-up Conference / Comments and Evaluations

Dr. Steven Eshenaur

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Contact Hours will be provided for the following disciplines: Nursing, Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Psychologist.

Registration Form WVARNG