EVENT: Registration now open for 2017 National Women Veterans Summit, August 25-26 in Houston

EVENT: Webinar: VA PTSD Consultation Program Lecture: PTSD and Substance Use Disorders, August 16th

On the third Wednesday of each month, the PTSD Consultation Program hosts a webinar on a topic relevant to treating PTSD.

We select topics based on questions providers are bringing to the PTSD Consultation Program and invite an expert in that area to present the lecture.

The target audience includes mental health professionals or other health professionals interested in topics related to treating Veterans with PTSD.

Monthly lectures offer 1 hour of accreditation for those who pre-register and participate in the live talks. CE/CMEs available: ACCME, ACCME-NP, APA, ANCC, NBCC, ASWB.


Pre-Conference Workshops – Aug. 15, 2017

For more information visit:

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Northeast Ohio Medical University CIT Website:

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all” – Aristotle

For research studies on CIT go to:

Michael S. Woody

CIT International Bd of Directors President 

Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence – Law Enforcement Liaison

EVENT: NY: Military Cultural Competence for Mental Health Professionals working with Service Members, Veterans, and their Family Members, August 18th

 While this is not an attempt to solicit or promote NASW-NYS, I wanted to forward for information purposes only the below about a Military Cultural Competency training that I will be assisting with as part of their statewide VMHTI (Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative).  There will also be a panel discussion of experts to round out the training.  If you can’t attend but are interested in the subject I’d be more than willing to share the briefing products that I will use after the event.  Just shoot me a note.

As part of the 2017 VMHTI (Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative), NASW-NYS is proud to bring a Military Cultural Competency training to you.  The workshop is approved for 5.0 CEC’s for SWs, LMHCs, LMFTs, and psychoanalysts.

Workshop Title: Military Cultural Competence for Mental Health Professionals working with Service Members, Veterans, and their Family Members.

Date: Friday, August 18, 2017     Time: 9:30am-3:00pm

Presenter: Marco A. Bongioanni, MSE, LMHC

Location: Yonkers Public Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY, 10701

NASW Member Fee: FREE

Non-Member Fee: $25


Workshop Description: 
The presentation is comprised of a two part series covering military cultural competence. The first part will form a general overview foundation (explicit elements of military culture), while the second part will dive deeper into understanding how to develop a strategy for therapy based in military cultural competence (implicit elements of military culture). A panel discussion with military service members will round out the learning.


Marco A. Bongioanni, MSE

Readjustment Counseling Therapist

U.S. Army Veteran

Bronx Vet Center

2471 Morris Ave – Suite 1A

Bronx, NY 10468

office (718) 367-3500

fax (718) 364-6867

EVENT: 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: Webinar: Virtual-Mobile Crisis Intervention: The Springfield, MO Model, September 5th

On September 5, 2017, SAMHSA’s GAINS Center will host a webinar providing information on Springfield, Missouri’s Virtual-Mobile Crisis Intervention model.

In 2012, Burrell Behavioral Health in Springfield identified a need to address the high cost and inefficiencies of current models of crisis intervention.

They collaborated with partners to create a solution: utilizing tablets with internet access to connect law enforcement officers and individuals suspected of experiencing mental illness with Burrell’s 24/7 Crisis Hotline using Skype.

The GAINS Center webinar will address the Virtual-Mobile Crisis Intervention model’s promising early results—including diversion from inpatient psychiatric hospitalization or incarceration, engagement with behavioral health specialists, and time savings for law enforcement—and provide information on additional components of the effort, including officer training, data and outcomes monitoring, and the expansion of the program.

EVENT: Hocking College (Ohio) Training Programs Bridges Out of Poverty, Getting Ahead and First Responders Tactical Communications Certification Trainings, September 2014

Hocking College, Nelsonville, Ohio, is offering three (3) training certification programs next month, September 2017.

Click on the link(s) below for more information:

EVENT: 2017 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Summit – State of the Science: Advances in the State of the Science and Best Practices, Sept. 19th – 21st

EVENT: Cohen Veterans Care Summit: Spark A Care Revolution

We will be co-hosting our 2nd Annual Cohen Veterans Care Summit with Cohen Veterans Network on September 27-28 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.

 The mission of this year’s Summit is to convene an interactive forum to address priorities for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Suicidality and other Trauma-related Brain Disorders, and define a roadmap for progress.  This Summit will bring together leadership from the private and public sector to advance the Veterans Brain Health research agenda and clinical care delivery model.

Our forum will consist of a Public Event, Igniting the Spark, with >600 attendees including veterans and their families followed by an invitation-only Stakeholder Event, Spark a Care Revolution, that will convene >350 thought leaders from academia, industry, government and the non-profit sector. In an effort to stimulate discussion and promote collaboration, Day 2 of the Stakeholder Event will offer 3 different tracks for stakeholders to attend: policy, bioscience & clinical care.

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