From July 20 – 24, 2020, the Institute for Military & Veteran Family Wellness hosted the Military Social Work & Behavioral Health Conference, in partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). This was the first ever virtual conference offered by the institute, and we are happy to report that nearly 800 military and veteran-serving providers attended from across the United States and around the world.
The goal of the conference was to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration to ensure innovative and effective systems of care, while providing tools and resources to strengthen and streamline mental and behavioral health care to military and veteran communities. To kick off the first day, the institute welcomed keynote speaker, Captain Barry Adams, PhD, MSC, USN, the highest- ranking U.S. Navy social worker. Throughout the week, over 50 experts presented on Insomnia, Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, Suicide Prevention, Trauma and Moral Injury, Military Families, Intimate Partner Violence, VA care coordination and community collaboration among Veteran Serving Organizations, and topics relevant to the LGBTQ+ community.