A Multi-System Approach to Veteran Housing
Presenter(s): Steve Rockman, VP of Real Estate & Housing, Samaritan Daytop Village, Inc. , Marty Teller, MA, Executive Director, FLACRA & Daniel Preston
Steve Rockman & Daniel Preston Presentation Marty Teller Presentation
The workshop will include discussion of all housing options and services available to Veterans in New York State. The Finger Lakes Addictions Counseling and Referral Agency (FLACRA) Cadence Square project represents a Continuum of Care of residential treatment and permanent supportive housing developed in the Finger Lakes. VASH Vouchers and other supplemental resources will also be discussed. This presentation will also feature Samaritan Village, which operates a VA funded SSVF program housing homeless veterans and their families and ensuring housing stability. They operate three veteran specific, OASAS funded residential treatment facilities – two downstate for male veterans and one upstate in Ellenville for female veterans – as well as five separate HRA funded, veteran permanent supportive housing programs located in the Bronx.
Substance Use Disorder Services Across the Continuum of Care in Veterans Health Administration
Ann Feder Presentation Bruce Nelson Presentation
Presenter(s): Bruce F. Nelson, PhD, Behavioral Health Care Line Director, Veterans Integrated Service Network 2, Upstate New York & Ann Feder, LCSW, VA- VISN 2South Mental Health Care Line Programs Manager Interim VISN 2South Lead for Transition and Care Management Program
Problem Gambling, Substance Use Disorders & PTSD Among Veterans
Presenter(s): Maureen Corbett, MS, CPGC, Vocational Program Manager & Devon L. Cummings, Ph.D., Chemical Dependency Rehabilitation Program Manager, Stratton VA Medical Ctr.
This workshop will increase awareness about assessing and treating veterans who are suffering from problem gambling disorders, substance use disorders (SUD), co-occurring substance use disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Research indicates that the rate of problem gambling is significantly higher among the veteran population. Additionally, approximately half of individuals with lifetime PTSD also have a SUD. This workshop will discuss military culture with the goal of increasing knowledge of the unique aspects of serving in the military and the unique characteristics of veterans who seek treatment for problem gambling, SUDs and co-occurring PTSD and SUD.
Services for Women Veterans (No presentation)
Presenter: Sharon Elise Gingola, MA, LMSW, Director Women Veterans Program, Samaritan Daytop Village
Females represent the fastest growing group of veterans who are enrolling in Veterans Administration (VA) healthcare. Many of these female veterans who return from deployment are made significantly stronger from this experience, however, many struggle with issues related to substance use, mental health concerns (PTSD), and military sexual trauma (MST). These issues make the transition from military to civilian life much more strained and difficult. Samaritan Village provides long-term residential treatment services tailored to the needs of women veterans; addressing substance use disorders, PTSD and MST in an environment which is trauma informed, and well versed in military culture. Many of the clinical team are veterans themselves and are all women. The workshop will review evidence-based practices, family reattachment and reintegration into civilian lifestyle with supportive services.
The Intimate & Destructive Relationship between Trauma & Addiction
Presenter: Bonnie E. Owens, LCSW, Director Of Seafield’s “Honor and Resiliency” A Trauma and Recovery Program Dedicated to Uniformed Service Members
This workshop will explore the relationship of earlier life experiences, including the dynamics of generational addiction within a family system, using the lens of trauma informed care. Highlighting the manifestation of symptoms and the devastating and destructive relationship of addiction and trauma; discerning differences between substance use disorders and pseudo substance use disorders.
An Integrative Approach to Therapy
Presenter: Danielle Centofranchi, M.A., LCSW
This course will introduce the effects and prevalence of substance use disorders among the military population and provide an overview of various evidenced-based psychological treatments. Emphasis will be placed on the application of techniques to effectively communicate using Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Family Therapy, and Seeking Safety. Different types of commonly used substances will be reviewed, as will empowerment strategies using community partnerships that support the behavioral health of service members, veterans, and their families.
TRUCE: A Holistic Approach to Treating Veterans and Their Families
Presenter: Zachary Randolph MA, MAC, CASAC, CAMS-1, St. Joseph’s Treatment
This presentation will introduce interventions, models, and perspectives that are integrating the most effective evidence-based modalities in a manner that reflects the special needs of veterans.
Working with Aging Veterans
Presenter(s): James V. McFarlane, LMSW, Program Director, Ed Thompson Veterans Center, Samaritan Daytop Village & Beverly Houston, MSW, Program Director, 43rd Street Veteran Program, Samaritan Daytop Village
This workshop will highlight some of the critical issues aging veterans experience before, during, and after completing treatment, as well as offer some helpful practice principles that meet the needs of its aging veterans. Attendees will learn to conceptualize and deliver services that are holistic and speak to a comprehensive scope of treatment; and identify how to link veterans to community resources that provide specific services for the aging veteran: aftercare, medical, psychological, housing and other recovery sustaining services.