2017 VMHTI Conference Schedule


Veterans Health Care Training Program 2017 
Interactive Seminars and Panel Discussions on the Current and Evolving Healthcare Needs of Veterans

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Thank you for joining us in the 2017 VMHTI Training Cycle

Please stay tuned for future updates on the Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative,  as well as future programming dates. 


Thank you Senator Robert Ortt, Chair of Senate Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities Committee, for joining us at “The Veteran Experience Panel” as a panelist in Niagara Falls on October 13 & 14

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.

Topic areas of note for the 2017 year included military cultural competency, women and military culture, EMDR as treatment for PTSD, suicide prevention, post deployment impact on children and families and reintegration.

Continuing Medical Education (CME’s) for physicians and Continuing Education Credits Available for NYS licensed social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists are available at the 2017 VMHTI Conferences.

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Continuing Medical Education (CME’s)* for physicians & up to 8.0 Continuing Education Credits available for NYS licensed social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists

Click the flyer to view the available Continuing Medical Education credits (CME’s) courses or see below. CME credits are only available for workshops indicated in the blue box . For CME credits, you must register by clicking on the workshop’s name. All workshops are available for Continuing Education Credits





FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017 (12:30PM – 5:00PM)


12:30 PM Arrive, Sign In (Please stop by Exhibitor tables
1:00 PM Introductory Speech and Welcome
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM “The Veteran Experience” Panel, moderated by Anthony Rabasca, LMFT
Panelists: Senator Ortt, Delcey Pulvino, Dr. Patrick Welch, Dan Ratka
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Breakout Educational Session I



Josie L. Olympia, M.D.

Marco Bongioanni, LMHC

Chaplain Ehler 

Invisible Wounds of War: PTSD, TBI & Combat-Related Mental Health Issues 

Presented by NYSPA

Military Cultural Competency

Spirituality and Moral Injury



4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Exhibitor Tables and Networking


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017 (8:00AM – 3:00PM)


8:00 AM Arrive, Sign In
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast and Networking at Exhibitor Tables
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Breakout Educational Session II


Marianne Goodman, M.D.

Zachary Randolph, CASAC

Delcey Pulvino, LMSW

Recognition, Management, and Prevention of Veteran Suicide 

Presented by NYSPA

Addiction and Self Medicating Behaviors

Cycles of Deployment


10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 12:15 PM Breakout Educational Session III

Frank Dowling, M.D.

Tina Atherall, LMSW

Jane Dewey, PsyD

Veterans Matter: Substance Use Disorders in Returning Veterans

Presented by MSSNY

Military Service: Impact on Families

Military Sexual Trauma


12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch on your own. Please stop by at the Exhibitor tables. 
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM Breakout Educational Session IV


Julie Borgen, LCSW

Katharine Bloeser, MSW, PhD

Brent Russell, LMSW

Recovery is Possible – VA Behavioral Health Services

Working with LGBTQ Veterans

Military Culture: Community Reintegration


2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Sign Out/Exhibitor Tables