Military Psychology Summit During COVID-19October 14-16, 2020
Veterans/Military/Spouses/Gold Star Families: Free
The Society for Military Psychology (Division 19, American Psychological Association), Uniformed Services University – Center for Deployment Psychology (USU CDP), Catholic University of America (CUA), and Washington, D.C. Psychological Association (DCPA), are sponsoring a three-day Summit virtually from Washington, DC on October 14th, 15th, and 16th, 2020 via webinar.
The Summit brings together Division 19 Think Tanks and Subject Matter Experts (SME) in our field from multiple arenas, who will present on topics including academic and training, forensic, diversity, ethics, early career psychologist and student leadership, international perspectives, leadership coaching, moral injury, and suicide prevention.
Additionally, a diverse range of Military/Veteran Service Organizations and mental health initiatives including the Blue Star Families, Institute for Military and Veterans Families at Syracuse University, inTransition, Lone Star Warriors, Military Child Education Coalition, Military Civilian Transition Office, Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University, Mission: At Ease, Real Warriors Campaign, Sierra Club Military Outdoors, Student’s Veterans Association, and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) will provide an overview of their programs. At the close of each day there will be breakout sessions to follow-on with our Summit speakers and experts within the audience to network and collaborate.
We would like to thank all the service members, veterans, their families, Gold Star Families, and military community for the sacrifices you have made and continue to make for our country. We are grateful for all the organizations that have and continue to support this event and the military community. In the spirit of advocacy and collaboration, we hope that the conversations initiated at the Summit continue so that we may all be strong and unified advocates in advancing the psychological health and resilience in strengthening our military community.
inTransition supports active duty, reserve, and National Guard service members and veterans, regardless of current activation status, duration of service, time since discharge, or category of discharge. This program pairs a licensed, experienced master’s-level mental health clinician, who provides specialized coaching and assistance via telephone or e-mail, with individuals who: 1) are active duty service members actively engaged in mental health care at the time of their transfer to another duty station, 2) are National Guard or reserve members who are transferring from or to active status or making any other transition, 3) are active duty service members, National Guard, or reserve members transitioning off of deployment and are seeking care, or 4) are any service member or veteran who requests assistance with finding a mental health care provider in any health care system or community, at any time, CONUS or OCONUS.
The Real Warriors Campaign (RWC)
RWC is the Defense Department’s official multimedia public awareness initiative designed to decrease the stigma surrounding psychological health among service members, veterans and their families. RWC is situated within the Defense Health Agency’s J-9 Directorate, in the Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE). RWC began in 2009 following a congressional mandate for the Defense Department to reduce barriers to care identified in the 2007 Mental Health Task Force Report, and to promote educational information about mental health to the military community. RWC raises awareness about the signs and symptoms of invisible wounds and the positive outcomes of seeking care.
Lone Star Warriors Outdoors (LWSO)
Based in Tyler, Texas, Lone Star Warriors Outdoors has the goal to help combat injured warriors to heal/cope with PTSD and help to prevent veteran suicide. LSWO got started in 2011 after its founder personally battled with thoughts of suicide. As the LSWO founder said, “After attending a hunt with another organization who wanted to thank Warriors, I realized there was much more that can be accomplished with a hunt or fishing trip or some outdoor adventure. My goal was to have a 3 day/2-night minimum where the warriors spent time together getting to know each other. We do not allow family members even if they are caregivers. We use that time to bond and talk like with did with our brothers and sisters in combat.”
Mission: At Ease
Mission: At Ease is a small private organization that provides amazing outdoor experiences to our nation’s finest. At Mission: At Ease, they take disabled combat veterans on hunting and fishing adventures and use these adventures as a catalyst to work on the mental and social growth of our attendees. As the founder of Mission: At Ease said, “Through this process, we hope to identify areas for each veteran that we as an organization can make a positive impact on their lives. These impacts may range from getting them to reconnect to the world they have with withdrawn from to giving them a safe outlet to ask for help.”
POC: TW Howell; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sierra Club Military Outdoors (SCMO)
SCMO is at the forefront of a national movement to ensure every veteran in America has an opportunity to get outdoors when they return home after service. For many veterans, meaningful connections to the outdoors are a gateway to a new mission and continued service to the lands they swore an oath to protect. SCMO is about more than the healing power of the outdoors; it is also about activating and empowering voices of veterans who are already skilled and inspired to defend America’s lands, water, wildlife, and people. Veterans are change agents, enthusiastic to make a difference in their communities. When our veterans thrive, so too does our society. The goal of SCMO is to improve the lives of veterans and their families through connections with the outdoors, and to inspire members of the military and veteran community to become outspoken champions for environmental conservation and justice.
POC: Rob Vessels, Senior Campaign Representative, National Military Outdoors;
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
Founded out of tragedy in 1994, TAPS has grown and established itself as the front-line resource to families and loved ones of our military men and women. TAPS has provided comfort and care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week through comprehensive services and programs including peer based emotional support, case work assistance, crisis intervention, and grief and trauma resources. TAPS has assisted over 80,000 surviving family members, casualty officers, and caregivers. National Military Survivor Seminars and Good Grief Camps have been conducted for 19 years and are complemented by regional seminars across the country.
POC: Grace Seamon-Lahiff, MS, LMFT; Manager of Program Evaluation & Research; 202-588-8277;
Military Family Research Institute
The Military Family Research Institute was founded in 2000 at Purdue University’s Center for Families in order to improve military families’ quality of life. Although it began as a purely research-based endeavor, the Institute has expanded to include programs and outreach. MFRI aids military families in the areas of education, community support, employment, and external relations such as policymaking. By providing their research to organizations and lawmakers, the Institute uses its findings to make an impact.
Institute for Veterans and Military Families
The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University is higher education’s first interdisciplinary academic institute singularly focused on advancing the post-service lives of the nation’s military veterans and their families. Supported by a world-class advisory board and public and private partners, IVMF’s professional staff delivers unique and innovative programs in career, vocations, and entrepreneurship education and training to veteran and military spouses, as well as tailored programs to veterans of all eras. The IVMF also provides actionable and national impacting research, policy analysis and program evaluation; and works with communities and non-profits across the nation to enhance service delivery for the 22.5 million veterans throughout the United States and their families.
Camp Southern Ground
Camp Southern Ground, a multi-missioned non-profit organization founded by GRAMMY Award-winning artist Zac Brown is committed to supporting veteran mental health and wellbeing with two on site programs. Warrior Week, their signature 12-month workforce and wellness program, begins with a high-touch week at Camp. The goal of this week is to help transitioning veterans discover their strengths, define their purpose, and develop an action plan for a productive and fulfilling life after service. Warrior PATHH (Progressive Alternative Training for Healing Heroes), which also starts with a high touch week at Camp, is the nation’s first non-clinical program aimed to cultivate and facilitate posttraumatic growth among combat veterans struggling with PTSD, depression, anxiety, and/or combat stress. These programs are supported in part by generous partners and supporters, both Warrior programs are offered at no cost to veterans from across the U.S.
Military Child Education Coalition
The Military Child Education Coalition is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to support our nation’s military children. Their mission is simple: to help the military child attend college, find employment, and succeed in life. Military childrens’ education can be disrupted by many factors, such as deployment, transition, and separation. MCEC works with a plethora of organizations in order to help the military child, such as colleges, public and private schools, and businesses. They also work closely with individuals in the military family. Through students and parent programs as well as professional development, the Military Child Education Coalition supports the military child in every aspect of their educational lives.
POC: Rebecca Porter, Ph.D., Director and CEO
Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families is a nonprofit organization founded by military spouses in 2009 to empower these families to thrive as they serve. The organization focuses on strengthening military families by connecting them with their neighbors – individuals and organizations – to create vibrant communities of mutual support. Through research and program partnerships, and 11 local chapters nationwide, Blue Star Families ensures that wherever American military families go, they can always feel connected, supported and empowered to thrive – in every community, across the nation, and around the globe.
POC: Jessica Strong, Ph.D., LMSW, CO-Director of Applied Research
Student Veterans of America
With a mission focused on empowering student veterans, Student Veterans of America (SVA) is committed to providing an educational experience that goes beyond the classroom. Through a dedicated network of more than 1,500 on-campus chapters in all 50 states and 4 countries representing more than 750,000 student veterans, SVA aims to inspire yesterday’s warriors by connecting student veterans with a community of like-minded chapter leaders. Every day these passionate leaders work to provide the necessary resources, network support, and advocacy to ensure student veterans can effectively connect, expand their skills, and ultimately achieve their greatest potential.
Hire Heroes USA
Employment assistance is the #1 requested service from transitioning military members, and Hire Heroes USA, a national nonprofit, provides that service to thousands each year. Through personalized service and support, we help veterans and military spouses get hired, and we help companies hire and retain them.