EVENT: VA PTSD Consultation Program Lecture: Measurement-Based Care for PTSD, June 21st

FL: EVENT: Tampa Veterans Treatment Court Senior Mentor & Coordinator DJ Reyes to Participate in Veteran Related Panel Discussions at  2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention, June 21-24, 2017

DJ REYES, Colonel, US Army (retired) and Senior Mentor/Coordinator at the 13th Judicial Circuit Veterans Treatment Court in Tampa, FL will provide personal insights of the veterans treatment court and other veterans issues, on the Veterans Treatment Court Roundtable, headed by the Honorable Tina Caraballo, 9th Judicial Circuit Court Judge, 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention, June 21-24, 2017in Boca Raton, FL.

Colonel Reyes served over 33 years and commanded or led military intelligence and special operations organizations during his active duty career.  He has deployed on multiple 1-year combat tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and other global hot spots, and has received multiple awards and decorations for exemplary service to this Nation.

He was the Tampa Veteran Treatment Court’s first volunteer veteran mentor in 2013, and built the program into over 60 volunteer veteran mentors today.

Currently the Tampa Veterans Treatment Court has a 80%+ first time GO graduation (and never return) rate, saves over  $4M per annum in county taxes, and is treating around 150 vets on the docket.

In October 2016, along with (then) VTC Judge Hon. Gregory P. Holder, Colonel Reyes travelled to DC and briefed (then) Hon. Bob McDonald (US Secretary VA) on Tampa’s successful program.

The retired colonel is often invited as a guest speaker at multiple functions throughout Hillsborough and surrounding Florida counties, where he addresses the veterans treatment court along with other issues, to include veteran employment.

AL: EVENT: Justice Involved Veterans: From Arrest to Successful Re-entry Conference, June 23rd, Samford University in Birmingham, AL

The United States Attorney’s Office, in partnership with the Samford Cumberland School of Law, the University of Alabama School of Social Work, and The Department of Veterans Affairs, is hosting a one-day conference on veterans in the criminal justice system.

The conference will be at the John Carroll Moot Courtroom at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

The target audience includes judges, prosecutors, defense counsel, VA personnel, service providers, the law enforcement community – municipal, state, and federal, and anyone interested in learning how to create better outcomes for veterans.

EVENT: Webinar: GRADE for preclinical animal studies: translating evidence from bench to bedside, June 28th

SAMHSA Training: Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program,  Rockville, MD June 28-29, 2017 – Detroit, MI

New guidelines offer behavioral health providers recommended supportive approaches to help people transition from prison successfully

EVENT: Ohio Women Veterans Conference, Columbus, August 12th

(Columbus) – Registration is now open for the biennial Ohio Women Veterans Conference to be held Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Ohio Union at The Ohio State University.

With more than 50 exhibits and 20 speakers, women veterans will find information about Ohio’s new fast track to jobs and education as well as services available locally through 88 County Veterans Services Offices. The conference is free but there is an optional fee for lunch.

This year’s theme is Celebrating Generations of Service – 67,000 Veterans Strong. Topic areas include managing your money military style, maximizing military skills on your civilian resume, support and mentoring for women veterans in the workplace, challenges with aging, statewide resources, access to benefits and more.

Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Veterans Services with support from the Ohio Women Veterans Advisory Committee, the conference is expected to attract 750 women veterans from throughout the state representing all branches of military service.

Houston to Host National VA Women Veterans Summit, August 25th – 26th

EVENT: FREE Army OneSource ONLINE TRAINING: “Identification, Prevention, and Treatment of Suicidal Behavior for Service Members and Veterans,” Through August 26th,

In today’s Military environment, Service members can experience multiple deployments, sometimes leaving them with increased health concerns. Now more than ever, Military Families need our support.

Available through the Army OneSource Resource Center, FREE online behavioral health continuing education courses, such as “Identification, Prevention, and Treatment of Suicidal Behavior for Service Members and Veterans,” help to inform health care providers, physicians and first responders about Military culture and the traumas of war.

Using a blend of experiential exercises and case examples, “Identification, Prevention, and Treatment of Suicidal Behavior for Service Members and Veterans,” helps providers more completely assess and address suicidal behavior in the Military and Veteran populations.

Complete “Identification, Prevention, and Treatment of Suicidal Behavior for Service Members and Veterans” today. The course is only available FREE through August 26, 2017.  



EVENT: IASR/AFSP International Summit on Suicide Research, Henderson, Nevada
November 5-8, 2017 • New Horizons for Suicide Research: From Genes to Communities

This meeting will bring together suicide researchers studying topics ranging from neurobiology and genetics to prevention and intervention.

All suicide researchers and those interested in learning about the most cutting-edge evidence are invited to attend and take advantage of this excellent opportunity to network and interact.

In addition to plenary sessions with preeminent suicide researchers and symposia, the meeting will include a mentoring program, poster sessions, and workshops addressing methodological issues particular to suicide research, such as assessment of suicidal behavior, strategies for research on low base rate outcomes, use of proxy measures, and maintaining the delicate balance between ethical and methodological concerns.

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Conference co-chairs: Yeates Conwell, M.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine and Gil Zalsman, M.D., Geha Mental Health Center, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University

Training for Mental Health Professionals: VA CAPS-5 Online Training Now Available

This 4-hour course provides instruction on administration and scoring of the CAPS-5, which has been updated to correlate with DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for PTSD. The course is interactive, and includes video of experts conducting assessments, providing tips and sharing advanced interview skills for using the CAPS-5 in complex and challenging clinical situations.

The course has been designed to teach clinicians:

  • The DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for PTSD
  • The history and rationale of the CAPS-5
  • Its purpose and uses
  • The unique features of the CAPS-5 method of assessment
  • Essential competencies for administering the CAPS-5

This training was developed by Drs. Brian Marx, Michelle Bovin, and Patricia Watson at the National Center for PTSD in collaboration with the Center for Deployment Psychology.

The course was developed for mental health professionals.  Access is restricted to individuals with at least a master’s degree in a clinical discipline, or with research credentials.

Continuing education credit is available from APA, ASWB, and NYSED-SW.

Visit the National Center for PTSD’s continuing education section to learn more about how to take the course.  Providers outside of VA must follow the instructions there to request a code to access the course.  There is no charge for the course or the continuing education credits.


VA providers: use the link to TMS. 

Non-VA providers:  use the link to TRAIN and request a code at