Program Schedule

Day 1 - Tuesday, November 15

9:00 - 9:15 am Welcome
9:15 - 10:45 am

Keynote Address: “Beyond Treating Symptoms: Reintegration & Healing With Human Beings-Implications for Social Work Practice”

Dr. Joseph Bobrow, Founder and President of the Coming Home Project & Deep Streams Zen Institute 

10:45 - 11:00 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Concurrent Workshops - Session 1: 
- "Military Cultural Competence"
- "Animal-Assisted Social Work (AASW) with Military Clients for the Treatment of PTSD and Substance Abuse"
- "Meeting the Needs of our Veterans and Military Families Affected by Traumatic Brain Injury"
- "Strengthening Military Families: One Social Worker's journey to Becoming a Military Mom & Implications for Practice"
- Exploring the Experiences of Veterans who identify as LGBT: Minority Stress and Health
12:00 - 2:40 pm Luncheon: Screening & Discussion on Moral Injury:  “Almost Sunrise”
2:45 - 3:45 pm

Concurrent Workshops - Session 2:
- "Welcome to Basic Training: Military Culture 101, Part I"
- "May I Help You?: The Transformative Role of Social Workers in VA Patient Aligned Care Teams"
- "Trauma-Focused Equine-Assisted Therapy for Veterans with PTSD: A Pilot Study"
- "Its Not Just PTSD: Shifting the Narrative to Community Support"
- "Military Social Work and the Use of Cinema Therapy"

3:45 - 4:00 pm

Coffee Break 

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Final Keynote Address: "Inspiration"

Justin Constantine, Former US Marine and Attorney; Leadership Consultant and Inspirational Speaker

Day 2 - Wednesday, November 16

9:00 - 10:30 am

Plenary Address:  "Filling the Gap: Community Based Resources for Social Workers Serving Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families” 

Geraldine Burton, NAMI Operation Homefront; Dr. Irina Wen, Sara Van Gunst, &  Dr. Priscilla Noulas, NYU Langone Steven & Alexandra Cohen Military Family Clinic; Dr. Anna Birks & Dr. Elissa McCarthy, National Center for PTSD

10:30 - 11:00 am

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00 pm  Concurrent Workshops - Session 3:
- "Moral Injury: The Lessons Literary History Teaches Us"
- "An Overview of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD"
- "Examining Work Satisfaction and Workplace Stress Among Social Work with Military and Veterans: Findings from a National Online Study"
- "Efficacy of Intensive Case Management for Disengaged Veterans in Brooklyn"
- "Developing a Synoptic Therapy Strategy through Mastery of Military Cultural Competence for Mental Health Providers Working With Service Members, Veterans and Family Members, (Part II)"
- "The Social Work Toolbox: Improving Competency to Best Support Military Members, Veterans and their Families"
12:00 - 2:00 pm

Luncheon Keynote Address: "Social Work’s Role in Recovery from Combat PTSD"

Dr. Jeffrey Yarvis, PhD, MS 

2:00 - 3:00 pm Concurrent Workshops - Session 4:
- "Human-Centered Services for the Evolving Needs of Our Nation's Veterans"
- "Operationalizing Military Family Research: An Overview of the Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey"
- "The Challenges of Securing Affordable, Safe Housing for Homeless Single Women Veterans with School-Aged Children-A Review of Three Cases"
- "In Field and Classroom: Graduate Social Work Interns Serving Student Veterans"
- "Post-Traumatic Growth:  Embodying the Social Work Strengths Perspective -Providing Support and Building on the Resilience and Potential for Growth and Development Inherent in Each Individual" 
3:00 - 3:30 pm

Coffee Break

3:30 - 5:00 pm

Recognition Awards and Final Keynote Address: "Thrive NYC for Veterans"

Commissioner Loree Sutton