NASW-NYS Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative Presents:
Welcome to Basic Training: Military Cultural Competence for Mental Health Professionals Working with Service Members, Veterans, and their Family Members
Friday, August 18, 2017 | 9:30AM - 3:00PM
NYSED Approved for 5.0 CE Credit Hours*
Presenter: Marco A. Bongioanni, MSE, LMHC
Location: Yonkers Public Riverfront Library
1 Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY 10701
NASW Member Fee: FREE | Non-Member Fee: $25
Registration at Capacity
*This workshop is approved for Continuing Education Credits Available for NYS licensed social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychoanalysts
The presentation is comprised of a two part series covering military cultural competence. The first part will form a general overview foundation (explicit elements of military culture), while the second part will dive deeper into understanding how to develop a strategy for therapy based in military cultural competence (implicit elements of military culture). A panel discussion with military service members will round out the learning.
Marco A. Bongioanni is a NYS licensed mental health counselor who has been a Readjustment Counseling Therapist with the Bronx Vet Center, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, since 2014. He works both in the individual and group setting, offering primarily outpatient counseling services for combat Veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Additionally, he works with Veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma. He is trained in several evidence based practices, to include Cognitive Processing Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy.
Mr. Bongioanni completed graduate school studies at Fordham University in 2012, obtaining a Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling. During his training, he was a psychology extern in the PTSD outpatient clinic at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Cornell University. Mr. Bongioanni served on active duty in the U.S. Army as an officer for 9 years, to include two combat deployments to Iraq and service in the Republic of Korea, Germany, and Egypt.
Mr. Bongioanni currently still serves part time in the U.S. Army reserve as a Civil Affairs Officer, having most recently deployed to Djibouti, Africa. He was born and raised in New York City and is frequently involved in activities and initiatives within the Veteran community.
The Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative is a collaborative endeavor of the Medical Society of the State of New York, New York State Psychiatric Association, and New York Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers to educate and train community mental health and primary care providers on veterans-specific mental health issues, including among others post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, suicide, suicide prevention and substance use disorders. The initiative is made possible by a grant from the New York Legislature and is administered by the NYS Office of Mental Health.