Ensuring wellness through social support
June 12-14, 2023 | Austin, TX
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. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn up to 11 CEUs.
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.
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 conference will be hosted at the The University of Texas at Austin’s Thompson Conference Center in Austin, Texas. In line with this year’s theme, the conference will foster opportunities for clinicians, providers, and researchers to connect and collaborate on better supporting the military and veteran community. As such, it is our hope that you will be able to attend this conference in-person. However, we understand that due to financial and logistical barriers, that may not be possible. For those who are not able to attend the in-person event, a virtual track will be available on June 12-13. Unlike the in-person attendees, virtual participants will not have an option of which sessions they can attend, and will be limited to a single track each day. Active duty service members attending the Day 3 Military Behavioral Health Short course on June 14th will also be able to join virtually.
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.
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.