The FULL REPORT and ACTION BRIEF, summarizing the deliberations and recommendations from the Enhancing the Well-Being of America’s Veterans and their Families: A Call to Action for a National Veterans Policy think tank are now available. The symposium that took place June 12 & 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. The NASW Social Work Policy Institute in collaboration with supporting partner, the University of Southern California School of Social Work (USC) and its Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR) hosted more than 50 participants representing national organizations, government agencies, community service providers, academia and veterans and military families. Deliberations focused on what principles should be included in a covenant for veterans and their families, and what strategies are needed at the federal, state and community levels to more fully meet the needs of veterans and their families. The participants also explored what role universities can take in educating and training a diverse cadre of professionals and policy makers and in undertaking research. The think tank’s output was captured in graphic recording (please click here to see in full).
Presenters included Philip Carter, JD (Center for a New American Security), Lisa Colpe, PhD, MPH, (National Institute of Mental Health), Christopher Del Beccaro, BA (Office of Congressman Jeffrey Denham), Diane Elmore, PhD, MPH (UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress), Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Ford (Joint Chiefs Office of Warrior & Family Support), Anthony Hassan, EdD, MSW (USC CIR), Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW (NASW CEO), Dorinda Williams, ACSW, LCSW (ZERO TO THREE) and Marleen Wong, PhD (USC). The PowerPoint presentations by Philip Carter, Diane Elmore, and Dorinda Williams are available.