June 12-14, 2023 | Austin, TX

Registration Closes May 26th!

Hosted by the Institute for Military and Veteran Family Wellness, the 2023 Military Social Work & Behavioral Health Conference will welcome experts from across the country to discuss research and interventions that best support the military and veteran community, with a special emphasis on community and peer support. In-person and virtual attendees will have the opportunity to earn up to 11 CEUs.


The conference will be hosted at the The University of Texas at Austin’s Thompson Conference Center in Austin, Texas. Conference sessions will take place June 12-13.  On June 14th attendees will attend topic-oriented discussion groups to plan for future research, training and practice implementation based on issues presented during conference sessions. June 14th will also include a Military Behavioral Health Short Course (available to active duty service members)

The 2023 Military Social Work & Behavioral Health Conference is 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 will feature speakers from the Department of Defense (DoD), the Veterans Health Administration (VA), and private and public sector healthcare systems that serve military-connected populations.

Virtual Attendance

For those who are not able to attend the in-person event, a single virtual track will be offered June 12-13. Attendees will also be able to earn 11 CEUs. Active duty service members attending the Day 3 Military Behavioral Health Short course on June 14th will also be able to join virtually.

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 will address 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

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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