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Military Behavioral Health

18 March, 2013 - 20 March, 2013, Alexandria, VA, United States

Military Behavioral Healthcare will tackle the challenges faced by current soldiers, retiring service members and veterans. It brings together a community of psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals dedicated to facilitating proper readjustment, service transition, diagnosis and preventive care.

The event will encompass several areas on a soldier’s mental health as related to issues caused by combat and deployment. They can range from phobias, anxiety disorders, depression to obsessive-compulsive disorder – and most importantly, commonly experienced challenges such as PTSD, TBI, and Suicide.

After a decade plus of combat, the service members and statistics are showing clear alarming rates of PTSD, TBI, and suicide. Studies show that a military member commits suicide every day. The Defense Department is committed in their efforts to combat these issues; spending more time and money on effective research, care and outreach. Be sure to join in on the conversation at Military Behavioral Healthcare.

Key topics covered include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Impact of Continued Operations on Military Families
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Early Prevention and Treatment of Depression
  • Resilience Strategies

Attendees Will:

  • Receive updates on how the DoD and VA are working to provide quality behavioral health care pre-deployment through reintegration
  • Access the latest research and treatment options for post-deployment mental health conditions
  • Receive insight and training on understanding the problems and mindset of troops with behavioral health issues

Venue & Accommodation

Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria
901 N. Fairfax Drive, Alexandria, Virginia
22314, United States
Phone: 703-683-6000

Rich history meets modern convenience at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria. Our personal brand of style and service is as distinctive as this Virginia city itself. Explore the haunts of our founding fathers and delight in architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries. Immerse yourself in this charming city on the Potomac River or use our hotel as your home base for exploring all that the nearby Nation's Capital has to offer.

Group Rates:  $149 plus 11.5% plus $1 per night

Please identify you are part of the IDGA – Military Behavioral group to ensure the special rate. Rate is available three days pre- and post-event, based on availability. Please make your reservation before February 25, 2013 in order to ensure you are eligible for the group rate, based on availability.

Reservations Telephone: 877-227-6963

The agenda is available as PDF under downloads.


  • Deborah Bradbard PhD, Deputy Director, Research and Policy, Blue Star Families
  • Timothy Vermillion LCSW, Social Worker, 73A Army, New Jersey Army National Guard
  • Leslie Bennett, Behavioral Health Specialist, Telemental Health, VA Central California
  • Marjorie Morrison LMFT, LPC, CEO & Founder Psych Armor, Author of The Inside Battle: Our Military Mental Health Crisis
  • Rick Collins, Founder & Executive Director, Veterans 360
  • Belleruth Naparstek LISW, BCD, Founder, Health Journeys
  • Joseph Buhain MBA, RRT, LRT, FAARC, Program Director, Navy Campus Liaison Officer, Respiratory Care and Simulation Studies
  • Art Terhakopian MD, MPH, Staff Psychiatrist, Munson Army Health Center, Fort Leavenworth
  • Bill Protzmann, Partner, San Diego Veterans Coalition
  • Alice Franks-Gray MS, Director, Strategic Initiatives, National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide
  • SSG Eric Darling, Master Resilience Trainer and Suicide Intervention Trainer, Army National Guard
  • Colonel Paul Pasquina USA, MD, Chief, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Yarvis USA, Deputy Commander/VP for Behavioral Health, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital
  • Daniel Perl MD, Director, Neuropathology Core, Military Brain Injury Studies, USUHS
  • Paolo Del Vecchio, Director, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA Center
  • Robert Kaplan PhD, Director, Office of Behavioral anD Social Sciences Research, NIH
  • Bob Goodale, Director, Citizen Soldier Support Program, Odum Institute for Research


Event details

18 March, 2013
20 March, 2013
Provided after registration
United States


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