EVENT: University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work: Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative Meeting, Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative is a structured network of public, private, and government agencies guiding community practitioners; building responsive community networks; informing policy and identifying broadly applicable and effective solutions that rely on promising preventative strategies for veterans and their families.

EVENT: Webinar: Cohen Veterans Bioscience: An Introduction to the Brain Commons, October 12th

Join us for our upcoming webinar on Thursday, October 12th at 12 pm ET.

We give an introduction to data commons in general and the Brain Commons in particular.

A data commons co-locates data with cloud-based storage and computing infrastructure, along with commonly used software services, tools & applications for analyzing and sharing data to create a resource for the research community.

The Brain Commons is a new project that will include clinical data, imaging data, genomic data, and wearable data for trauma-related and other brain diseases.

EVENT: DCoE WEBINAR: Emerging Technologies for Assessment and Rehabilitation of Traumatic Brain Injury, October 12th

Webinar Registration is Now Open!

Traumatic Brain Injury Webinar

Emerging Technologies for Assessment and Rehabilitation of Traumatic Brain Injury

1-2:30 p.m. (ET) Oct. 12, 2017

The surge in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) sustained by U.S. service members since 2001 has highlighted limitations in the tools used to provide clinical care for this condition. Ongoing research supported by the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) and other Department of Defense sponsors seeks to address these limitations through development and evaluation of novel clinical tools. In particular, this presentation will discuss recent advances in the use of eye tracking and virtual reality for assessment and rehabilitation of TBI.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe key limitations of conventional tools for assessment of TBI.
  • Understand challenges in cognitive and functional rehabilitation of TBI.
  • Identify applications for eye tracking and virtual reality in clinical care for TBI.


Sign up for the webinar at Please note, registration is required for each webinar regardless if the participant has an existing PESG account. Upon completion of registration, a confirmation email will be sent providing webinar event details.

Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect to attend the webinar. If you have questions or need assistance, please email the DCoE webinar team.

EVENT: FREE TWO-DAY CONFERENCE: Veterans Health Care Training Program 2017: Interactive Seminars and Panel Discussions on the Current and Evolving Healthcare Needs of Veterans, Niagara Falls, NY, October 13th and 14th

The Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative is a collaborative endeavor of the Medical Society of the State of New York, New York State Psychiatric Association, and New York Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers to educate and train community mental health and primary care providers on veterans-specific mental health issues, including among others post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, suicide, suicide prevention and substance use disorders.

The initiative is made possible by a grant from the New York Legislature and is administered by the NYS Office of Mental Health.

EVENTS: Free Webinars: VA’s PTSD Consultation Program to offer free webinars to help providers give better care for Veterans

Clinicians and researchers from VA and Department of Defense (DoD) recently revised the Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for the Management of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Reaction.

This guideline provides a comprehensive look at the best evidence-based treatments available for treating PTSD. The recommendations are based on the most up to date research on psychotherapy and medication for the treatment of PTSD.

Over the next two months, the VA PTSD Consultation Program is offering three free online webinars with free continuing education credit that will help providers interpret and apply the PTSD CPG:

  • The 2017 Revised Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD: Recommendations for Medications on October 18, 2017 at 2 p.m. ET. While medications are not the most highly recommended therapy for treating PTSD, there are many medications that can help reduce PTSD symptoms, as well as depression and anxiety. Join Dr. Matthew Friedman, senior advisor to the National Center for PTSD and clinician for over 30 years, for an overview on which medications to use/avoid with treatment patients with PTSD.
  • The 2017 Revised Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD: Why It Matters for Primary Care Providers and What Resources Are Available on November 15, 2017 at 2 p.m. ET. Primary Care providers are often the first clinicians to treat a patient with PTSD and the Practice Guideline can help providers make the right decisions to ensure their patients get proper treatment and early intervention. “Many primary Care providers don’t realize how much of an impact they can have on a patient with PTSD. My hope is that they use the CPG to feel more confident in working with Veterans with PTSD,” notes Nancy Bernardy, one of the webinar presenters.

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

EVENT: REGISTER NOW 2nd Annual National Convening: The Military Caregiver Journey, Washington, DC, 13 NOV 17

Presented by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, we invite you to participate in a critical conversation to define the military and veteran caregiver journey and the roles each of us play in supporting their journey towards empowerment. With your help, our nation can expand support for military caregivers.

EVENT: Register for The AMSUS Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 27 November (Pre-Con), 28 November – 01 December

Save The Date: National Association of State Women Veteran Coordinators Training Conference, Washington, DC, June 24th, 2018

NASWVC Mission: To advocate for women veterans through partnerships, training, and the exchange of information, identify barriers to successful transition of women veterans and military women to the civilian community, and recommend solutions through legislative, programmatic and outreach activities.