North East Wisconsin Warrior Summit Session Descriptions

October 7, 2014 - Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, Green Bay

Keynote  |   Veterans Panel   |   Luncheon Presentation  |    Breakout #1   |   Breakout #2   

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Keynote: Combat PTSD and How to Help Veterans
Michael McBride, MS, MD

Michael McBride is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who works at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center as the Local Recovery Coordinator.  In this position he also serves as the Medical Director for the OIF/OEF/OND Program, assisting the VA’s top team of specialist who help returning Veterans transition back into the community.  He has served four overseas tours, two to Iraq, as an Army psychiatrist.  After completing his commitment he took a commission as a Commander in the US Navy Reserves, serving in the combat hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2013. His special interest is in helping Veterans and families of Veterans adapt to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

Dr McBride will discuss his personal experience as a military psychiatrist helping service members in Germany, Iraq, and Afghanistan. 

More than two million Americans have now returned from military service overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Participants will learn about the experience of these new veterans, with a primary goal to provide them with understanding and perspective necessary to support an optimal outcome to this major life transition. 

Given the prevalence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other problems in veterans, emphasis will be on the typical deployment experiences of troops, including linking specific warzone experiences with the psychological symptoms and behavior that they may produce. Substantial focus on the psychological experience of "homecoming", which impacts not only the returning serviceman or woman but also resonates throughout the extended family system

Veterans Panel

Presenters:  Dayna Benjamin, Theresa Dyer, Christopher Frey, Aaron Schmallenberg, Abby Schmallenberg, Lisa Schomaker

Focus on the experience of the veteran returning to civilian life. The session will focus on the things veterans are often unable to say/express. There will be a mix of vets and family members, discussing their war experience and the journey to reintegration to civilian life.

Luncheon Presentation: John Maino

John Maino hosts the Maino Project for NBC 26 Sports. He has written three books on World War Two Veterans from Wisconsin; Frontlines, The Pacific and ETO-European Theatre of Operations. He has been embedded three times with local troops in Iraq and Afghanistan; the 127th Infantry and 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion.

Breakout #1 Descriptions (1:00 - 2:30)

Care for the Caregiver: A Navy Model for Managing Stress

Presenter: Michael McBride, MS MD, Local Recovery Coordinator and Staff Psychiatrist - Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Commander US Navy Reserves

Using examples from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, Dr. McBride will present the U.S. Navy’s model for identifying and managing stress and burn out in medical providers.  

Recovery: Helping Veterans with Substance Use Problems

Presenters:  Pam Baranczyk, APSW, CSAC, Department of Veterans Affairs, Behavioral Health
Amy Sklena, LCSW, SAC-IT, Department of Veterans Affairs, Behavioral Health
Joni Delwiche, LCSW, SAC, Department of Veterans Affairs, Behavioral Health

Presenters will share effective approaches to identify, engage and treat Veterans with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health issues. Participants will gain a better understanding of the challenges Veterans face in dealing with substance abuse, learn best practices for prevention and intervention with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders, and about VA resources for treatment.

Military Culture for Clinicians

          Presenters:    John Teske, PsyD, NWTC
                               Jeremy Galicia, Veterans & Academic Advisor - NWTC
                               Tara Johnson, Army Wounded Warrior Advocate

Clinicians who are not veterans can put themselves in a better position to respond by learning about military culture. This session will help clinicians understand how the cultures of the different service branches differ and what they need to know about the military experience that can allow them to communicate more effectively with veterans.

Northeast Wisconsin Veterans Treatment Court

Tom Hinz, Retired, Brown County Executive, Brown County Sheriff, U.S. Army
Rosonna Comers, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Justice Outreach
Craig Huxford, 1st Mentor NEWVTC, Retired Law Enforcement, U.S. Navy
Todd, NEWVT 1st Graduate, U.S. Navy Veteran
Circuit Court Branch 4 Hon. Kendall M. Kelley, U.S. Navy
Beth Robinson, Brown County Drug Court

Northeast Wisconsin Veteran’s Treatment Court (NEWVTC) is a specialty court within the criminal justice system that assists veterans who accept responsibility for qualifying felony or misdemeanor offenses committed and who want assistance from fellow veterans, the U.S. and Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, and veteran’s service organizations to address treatment, rehabilitation, employment and housing needs. The goal of the NEWVTC is to promote public safety while helping those who served in our nation’s military, honoring their sacrifice and service. The targeted outcomes of the NEWVTC are to reduce criminal recidivism, decrease homelessness, increase connections to eligible VA services, increase financial stability, decrease substance and alcohol abuse, improve family relations and social support connections, and to increase connection to appropriate mental health services. 

Veterans Health Coalition

Presenters:   Mark Flower, Director of Community Outreach, Dryhootch of America
                     Zeno Franco, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin
                     Leslie Patterson, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Veteran Health Coalition is a network of agencies, institutions and practitioners throughout the state of Wisconsin focused on improving veteran health and ensuring better transitions in care and service for veterans.  We will be discussing the mission of the network, ways local agencies in and around Green Bay can engage with the network, and collaboratively sharing lessons learned about multi-agency veteran care coordination and how to reduce barriers for veterans seeking services. Note that while all are welcome to join this session, it is targeted toward health and mental health providers with experience working with veterans or desiring to learn more about how to orient their agencies to veteran issues.

Breakout #2 Descriptions (3:00 - 4:30)

Suicide Prevention Among Veterans and Service Members

Tana Koss, MSW, CAPSW, Division Director, Family Services, Brown County;
Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention
David Kapelle, LCSW, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Department of Veterans Affairs;
SFC Don Grundy WIARNG R3SP  Coordinator

This session will provide information about the National Veterans Crisis Line plus suicide and crisis intervention services for Veterans and service members.  Participants will become familiar with current trends regarding suicide risk factors in this population plus intervention strategies including suicide prevention safety plans and coaching into care including discussion about resilience and vulnerability.

Agencies Advocating on Behalf of Vets

Presenters:   Bonnie Fermanich, Benefit Specialist, Brown County Veterans Service Office
                     Holly Gajeski, Brown County Veterans Service Office
                     Elaina Koltz, School Certifying Official/Financial Aid Adviser, UW-Green Bay, U.S. Army National Guard, Retired
                     Bill Trombley, NWTC Veterans Education Benefits Specialist   

This session will provide information to veterans and their families in regard to veteran benefits and eligibility and how to navigate through the array of benefits.  Information will include: the Brown County Veterans Service Office, Fully Developed claims, Apportionment, Combat Related Special Pay and WI Property Tax Credit and educational services and benefits.

 Native American Veterans of America

Major James King Overman (retired, USAF/CIA)

Cletus Ninham, Pastor/ Veteran, Commander of Oneida Post 7784 VFW

These two warriors will discuss the challenges they had returning from war and the similarities they see in current warriors returning from wars in the Middle East conflicts. The culture and honor of a warrior in the Native American culture.  Reintegration and coping with stress related to combat experience through traditional Native American process. They will answer questions as they relate to both traditional and non-traditional tribal resources.

A Discussion of Homeless Veterans Services

Presenters:  Cindy Beishir, LCSW, Health Care for Homeless Veterans Coordinator, Department of Veterans Affairs
Courtney Ayala, Case Manager SSVF Program, Center for Veterans Issues
Amie Towne, LMSW, LCSW, Health Care for Re-entry Veteran (HCRV) Program, Department of Veterans Affairs

This session will be a discussion among individuals from several organizations who assist homeless Veterans. They find ways to provide a path for the Veteran to move to permanent housing. Transitional housing and subsidized housing will be discussed.

After the War Zone: Reintegration into Civilian Life

Presenters:  Kim Rusch, MSE, LPC, NCC, Readjustment Counseling Therapist, Green Bay Vet Center
George Kamps, MSW, ACSW, LCSW

This session will provide information about the services provided by the Green Bay Vet Center.  It will also include the challenges Veterans face while re-integrating into civilian life.  Participants will become familiar with how to recognize these challenges and how family and professionals can be of assistance. Will also relate how expressive art can assist veterans to resolve powerful memories and the related emotions that follow intrusive thoughts, flashbacks and night terrors.

Resiliency: Staying Strong Through The Storm

Presenter: Denver Johnson, PhD, Department of Veterans Affairs/ Behavioral Health Outpatient Manager Green Bay Health Care Center

This session will define resiliency, provide an in-session self-assessment of the attendee’s own resiliency, and help the attendee develop their own resiliency plan.

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