6th Annual Veterans Community Mental Health Summit

6th Annual Veterans Community Mental Health Summit

The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center hosted the 6th Annual Veterans Community Mental Health Summit on August 10, 2018 at Hotel Capstone Conference Center. The purpose for the Mental Health Summit was to bring together key stakeholders in the community with the goal of enhancing access to mental health services and addressing the mental health care needs of veterans and their family members residing in Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas.
Several presentations were taped live and the recordings are available for viewing below:
To view a video recording of each module of this conference, please click on the module you wish to view, you will then be directed to the registration page for that module.  Once registration is complete you will be directed to the video.  You will need to complete a registration for each individual video.
Nursing and social work CEUs have been approved by the Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety for the programs below. In order to receive credit for these programs, you must complete the registration form for each of the programs that you are requesting credit, watch the entire program, and complete the evaluation.  Following completion of the evaluation form, please allow 4 weeks for nursing CEUs to be applied. 
The Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety is an approved provider of continuing education units for nurses by the Alabama Board of Nursing (Provider #ABNP0420, expires 1/03/2019).
PTSD/Suicide Prevention – PTSD and evidence-based treatments
Presenter: Rebecca A. Matteo, PhD, National Center for PTSD, Executive Division, White River Junction, VT
1 CEU available
Summary: This presentation will provide an overview of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and evidence-based treatments and then move into resources developed by National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that are aimed at providers as well as Veterans and trauma survivors and their family members. 50 mins. 

Best Practices for Advancing Recovery: Steady Employment via Individual Placement and Support for Veterans with PTSD
Presenter(s): Lori L. Davis, MD, Associate Chief of Staff, Research, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center ; Michael A. Lavender, MA, Supported Employment Specialist Research Department, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
.5 CEUs available
Summary: Mr. Lavender will present an overview of the Individual Placement and Support intervention and give case examples. Dr. Davis will also present the PTSD-related functional outcomes, in which the IPS group had significantly greater improvements compared to transitional work group. At the conclusion, of the presentation, participants should be able to define Individual Placement and Support, the evidence-based model of supported employment, and should be able to appraise the results of a multisite trial of Individual Placement and Support compared to transitional work in Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. 36 mins.

Veterans in Transition
Presenter: Paulette Risher, BS, MS, MEdRetired Major General, US Army (2-star), Chief Programs Officer
Still Serving Veterans
.5 CEUs available
Summary:  Major General, retired, Paulette Risher, Chief Programs Officer with Still Serving Veterans, will talk about the challenges facing Veterans in transition and how we can support them during these critical periods of vulnerability.  Paulette has a diverse career, having retired twice, once as a civilian organizational psychologist with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and once as an Army officer with 34 years of active and reserve service.  Paulette holds a BS and Masters in Psychology and a Masters of Education. 30 mins.

Mental Health Resources for the Senior Adult
Presenter(s): Mark A. Woods, MD; Jennifer Singleton-Wooten, BA; Deidra Howard, MSN, RN; Kimberly Kramer, RN; Katharyn Dowdle, CNS, RN
.5 CEUs available
Mark A. Woods, MD
Medical Director
Alabama Department of Mental Health
Jennifer Singleton-Wooten, BA
North Harbor Pavilion
Northport Medical Center
Deidra Howard, MSN, RN
Director of Psychiatric Service/
Asst. Director of Patient Care Services
Pickens County Medical Center
Kimberly Kramer, RN
Regional Behavioral Health Program Manager
Amedisys Home Health & Hospice
Katharyn Dowdle, CNS, RN
Forest Manor Nursing Home & Rehabilitation
Northport, AL
Summary: What resources are available to best help my loved one challenged with mental health concerns?  Urgent care, home care, nursing care or long-term care may be the answer to your needs. Attend this session to learn more about the resources in your community and how they can best assist your Senior Adult with mental health issues. 37 mins. 

Mental Health in Alabama
Presenter: Kim Hammack, Director of Mental Illness Community Programs Division of Mental Illness/Substance Abuse with Alabama Department of Mental Health
.5 CEUs available
Summary: This presentation will provide an overview of the state of mental health and mental illness in the State of Alabama, and how it affects our Veterans. Attendees will learn the importance of coming together as a community; evidenced-based programs that’s been implemented and its importance to Veterans. To provide an overall view of programs that support our Veterans and their families as a collective community. 31 mins.

Talk Saves Lives
Presenter: Marissa A. Grayson, PhD, Chair, Alabama Chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
1 CEU available
Summary: This presentation is developed by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to increase suicide awareness and empower participants to offer help to people who may be at risk of suicide. Attendees will learn about national and state suicide data, research on suicide causes and risk factors, effective prevention, and how you can identify persons at risk and offer help. 50 mins

A special thank you to all of our VMH Summit sponsors and partnering organizations: Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, Alabama Public Health Association, AL-MS Public Health Training Center, Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety, Occupational Health and Safety, Shelton State Community College, Tuscaloosa Mental Alliance and the West Central Alabama Area Health Education Center (AHEC). 

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