Thank you to all who attended the 2023 conference!

Hosted on June 12-14, the 2023 Military Social Work & Behavioral Health Conference focused on ensuring wellness through social support. The 2023 conference welcomed over 500 attendees, with 80 speakers presenting on 20 areas of focus. We look forward to seeing you all next time!


The 2023 Military Social Work & Behavioral Health Conference was hosted at The University of Texas at Austin on June 12-14, 2023. The conference facilitated a gathering of clinicians, researchers, and veteran service organizations committed to addressing the behavioral health needs of our country’s service members, veterans, caregivers, and family members. This three-day event featured speakers from the Department of Defense (DoD), the Veterans Health Administration (VA), and private and public sector healthcare systems that serve military-connected populations.

An emphasis on social support

Research and practice knowledge have taught us that individuals and families thrive when they receive support from their communities. Given the unique experiences and challenges faced by military and veteran communities, social support can be an incredibly impactful supplement to treatment. As such, the 2023 conference addressed this focus on social support with presentations on treatments, research, and programs that focus on ensuring military and veteran community wellness through social support.

Past Conferences

Ensuring Wellness Through Social Support

The 2023 conference focused on the unique experiences faced by the military and veteran community, with a special focus on how social support can positively impact wellness.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Ensure Innovative and Effective Systems of Care

The 2020 conference explored cross-sector systems of care, providing an opportunity for dialogue and collaboration among community based, DoD, and VA social works and behavioral health providers.

Cultivating Diverse Communities for the Military, Veterans & Their Families: Implications for Practice, Education & Research

The 2018 conference explored a number of topics surrounding the military and veteran community, broken into three tracks: Clinical (practice), Higher Education, and Research.

Strengthening Military Families Through Effective Community Practice

The 2015 conference explored a number of clinical interventions aimed at military and veteran individuals and families, as well as issues best practices to support higher education.

Veterans in Transition

The 2014 conference explored barriers, best practices, and treatment for the military and veteran community as they transition to civilian life. Topics included trauma, homelessness, suicide prevention, and issues surrounding marginalized communities.

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