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Military Behavioral Healthcare Summit

19 February, 2014 - 21 February, 2014, Arlington, VA, United States

Military behavioral health has become a major cause for concern for the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs in recent years. In 2012, more active duty U.S. soldiers committed suicide than died in combat. And 1.3 million veterans currently receive mental health care at the VA.

These statistics have led to a dramatic call to action and Military Behavioral Health will prevent and address these invisible wounds plaguing soldiers and veterans today. Military Behavioral Health will ensure our attendees have a clear and comprehensive understanding of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, suicide, and substance abuse. We will discuss the implications and preventative measures that may be taken to decrease behavioral health problems.

Military Behavioral Health will also explore the impact families have on behavioral issues and how behavioral health impacts veteran homelessness. Military Behavioral Health will bring together military medical professionals, leading researchers, and the best civilian practitioners to understand and overcome these pressing health issues. There is still much to be learned in the field of military behavioral health and we will discuss the major concerns for psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. Be sure to join in on the conversation at our Military Behavioral Healthcare.

Key Topics Covered Include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Impact Family has on Behavioral Problems and Vice Versa
  • Prevention and Treatment of Depression
  • Resilience Strategies
  • Combatting Substance Abuse
  • Behavioral Health as it Relates to Veteran Homelessness

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

Waterview Conference Center
1919 North Lynn Street
Arlington,  Virginia
22209, United States
Phone: 571-303-3032 

The Waterview Conference Center, metropolitan Washington’s premier event space, offers a new avenue for hosting corporate and social meetings, conferences, receptions, and retreats in the nation’s capital, all high above the waters of the Potomac River. With unrivaled views of and access to downtown, the Center is designed to showcase the best of the city while providing cutting-edge event space. It is where the best of the nation’s capital converges and where an unforgettable experience continually awaits.

Just four miles from Ronald Reagan National Airport and 25 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport, the Waterview Conference Center is located in the heart of the National Capital Area at the Key Bridge. It sits in the center of Rosslyn, Virginia’s new commercial and residential district, while being only a 10-minute walk away from the historic neighborhood of Georgetown – one of Washington’s most storied neighborhoods.

Le Meridien Arlington
1121 19th Street North
Arlington, VA 22209

In the urban village of Rosslyn, Le Méridien Arlington is centrally located among top destinations in the Washington, D.C. region. This stylish boutique hotel is also close to numerous restaurants, shopping destinations, and corporate offices.

Group Rate: $184 plus 13% tax
Please identify you are part of the IDGA – Military Behavioral Health (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser) group to ensure the special rate. Book your room prior to January 19, 2014 to ensure you receive the group rate.
Reservations Telephone: 888-627-7101

The agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.

Featured Speakers

  • Joanne Joseph, Director, Military Post-Traumatic Growth Program, Sitrin Health Care Center
  • Jacqueline Warmuth, Vice President of Clinical Development, Sitrin Health Care Center
  • Elspeth Ritchie, Chief Clinical Officer, District of Columbia's Department of Mental Health
  • James Knox, Family Liasion Officer, Integrated Personnel Support Center, Calgary Military Family Resource Center
  • Jeff Brown, Clinical Profesor, New York Medical College
  • Robert Kaplan, Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health
  • Maxine Stitzer, Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • James Spira, Director, Pacific Islands Division, National Center for PTSD
  • Lieutenant Michael Doria Ph.D, USCG, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury Program, U.S. Coast Guard’s Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury Program
  • Alice Franks, Director, Strategic Initiatives, National Allicance to End Veteran Suicide
  • Anne Germain, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Lisa Teems, Program Manager, Suicide and Prevention Program, United States Coast Guard
  • Jeffrey Brown, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, New York Medical College
  • Tom Walton, Project Director, Warrior-Check Up, University of Washington
  • Mark Mattiko, Program Manager, Substance Abuse Program, United States Coast Guard
  • Ian Lisman, Program and Policy Analyst on Veterans Homelessness, National Alliance to End Homelessness


Event details

19 February, 2014
21 February, 2014
Waterview Conference Center
United States


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