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Addressing Military and Veteran Behavioral Health Challenges - Ft. Eustis, VA


Addressing Military and Veteran Behavioral Health Challenges - Ft. Eustis, VA

A continuing education activity presented by the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work.
This program is designed for social workers and their community partners.

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response of attendees to our Richmond workshop in November, we are offering this workshop again at Fort Eustis, VA. Join us as nationally recognized experts share their expertise about the behavioral health challenges associated with combat service in Iraq and Afghanistan confronting members of our Armed Forces and recent Veterans. These include post traumatic stress and other prominent behavioral health concerns; relationship challenges experienced with spouses, children, and other loved ones; and reintegration challenges related to work, school and community life.
Participants will be introduced to the concepts of “BattleMind” and the “deployment lifecycle” and will receive an array of information and resources including
Ø best practice approaches for engaging military and veteran populations,
Ø empirically-based strategies for working with military and veteran families such as “return and reunion” intervention strategies after a combat deployment,
Ø information from a comprehensive guide for military parents and educators designed to address the psychological needs of infants, school aged children, and adolescents when their parent is deployed and upon return from a military deployment.  
James (Jim) Martin, Ph.D., LICSW, BCD, Col (Ret) is a professor at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and a recognized national leader in the area of military family services and support. A retired Army Colonel, Martin's 26-year career in the Army Medical Department included service as the senior Social Work Officer in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the first Gulf War. He edited The Gulf War and Mental Health: A Comprehensive Guide (1996), was lead editor and co-author of The Military Family: A Practice Guide for Human Service Providers in 2000, and was the primary author of the monograph What We Know about Army Families: A Review of More Than Twenty Years of Army Family Research. He has served as consultant to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on a variety of studies associated with the mental health of combat veterans from the Persian Gulf War, as well as OEF/OIF veterans. Col (Ret) Martin participated in the establishment of the National Demonstration Program for Citizen Soldier Support at the University of North Carolina and served as the Center's Acting Director (2006-07). In this role, he was a member of the North Carolina Governor's Taskforce on Support to Returning Veterans and their Families. He is a current member of the Maryland Governor's Veterans Behavioral Health Advisory Board and the Maryland National Guard Adjutant General's Joint Steering Committee on Services to Maryland Veterans and Families.
Jeffrey Yarvis, Ph.D., LCSW, BCD, LTC, U.S. Army is the first Integrated Service Chief of the new Walter Reed National Medical Center Adult Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic. He is an assistant professor of Family Medicine and director of Social Work at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. and an adjunct professor of Social Work at VCU's NOVA Campus in Alexandria, VA. A noted military scholar with more than 22 years of service, he is currently writing several book chapters in a new publication on military psychiatry in collaboration with the National Center for PTSD and the Office of the Army Surgeon General. For his academic and clinical efforts on PTSD he was named Uniformed Services and U.S. Army Social Worker of the Year in 2008 and inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit. LTC Yarvis has received the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Action Badge for distinguished service under fire.
Delores Dungee-Anderson, Ph.D., LCSW, CSOTP is an associate professor and director of the VCU M.S.W. Program. She will moderate the session. She is a clinical social work practitioner with extensive training and practice in the areas of trauma, neuroscience, personality disorders and dissociative disorders.

February 25, 2010 · 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fort Eustis Club
- Main Ballroom
2123 Pershing Avenue
Fort Eustis, Virginia 23604



Linda Ayscue Gupta, LCSW, Director
Continuing Education
VCU School of Social Work
P.O. Box 842027
Richmond, VA 23284-2027
(804) 828-3405
(804) 828-0716 (fax)
[email protected]