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 Export to Your Calendar 11/14/2019
When: 11/14/2019
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2ooM86pgQXmuy7KQ9lISAg
United States
Contact: Philip Paty
(518) 439-7415, ext. 5272

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SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families
Technical Assistance Center Presents:
Engaging Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Through Faith-based Partnerships

Date: November 14, 2019
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2ooM86pgQXmuy7KQ9lISAg

Faith-based organizations often serve as a trusted source of help and connection for many Service Members, Veterans, and Military Families (SMVF). An increasing number of faith-based organizations and leaders, not only assist with the spiritual needs of SMVF, but also provide support with many areas related to readjustment and strengthening resiliency, wellness, and recovery. They are often referred to as “force multipliers” due to their help and support to so many SMVF on the path to positive behavioral health and wellbeing.

This webinar will provide information that will help participants to engage, educate, inform, and partner with faith-based leaders, non-profit organizations, and communities in support of and responding to the behavioral health needs of SMVF. It will provide information about how to access some of the important tools and resources available to equip us all to better form partnerships and serve SMVF and their caregivers. A presentation from Chaplin Juliana M. Lesher, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) National Director of VA Chaplaincy, will discuss what the VA is doing to help establish and cultivate faith-based community partnerships and what is available as a resource and referral point. Reverend Monty Burks, Director of Faith-Based Initiatives at the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, will provide examples of how the Tennessee Faith-Based Initiative is building community capacity and helping SMVF to use their personal recovery to help other SMVF to connect with and sustain resilience and recovery.

Presenters

Juliana M. Lesher, M.Div., Ph.D., BCC, National Director of VA Chaplaincy, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Monty Burks, C.P.R.S., Ph.D., Director, Faith-based Initiatives, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Cicely K. Burrows-McElwain, L.C.S.W.-C., Military and Veterans Affairs Liaison, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Office of the Assistant Secretary, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the spiritual and emotional needs of SMVF and better understand the role that faith-based communities can play in SMVF community integration and transitions
  • Facilitate information dissemination for expanding and growing partnerships between communities and faith-based organizations
  • Provide examples and lessons learned for convening faith-based learning events, bringing faith-based, community, and SMVF partners together to help prevent SMVF suicides, and address other mental health needs
  • Share relevant resources and tools to faith-based and community organizations in order to support SMVF and their caregivers
  • Identify training events and resources, as well as, explore opportunities for strengthening partnerships and coordination

Target Audience

Healthcare providers, peers, and faith-based representatives serving or wishing to serve SMVF from city, county, state, territory, and tribal behavioral health systems.

Click on the following link to register prior to the event: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2ooM86pgQXmuy7KQ9lISAg
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please note:

  • Participants will only be able to hear the webinar through their computer via headphones or speakers
  • Participants are asked to test their system before the broadcast
  • The webinar archive will be made available to registrants after the webinar
  • Continuing education units are not available for this webinar

If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Philip Paty at (518) 439-7415, ext. 5272, or by email at ppaty@prainc.com.

Presenter Biographies

Monty Burks, C.P.R.S., Ph.D., Director of Faith-Based Initiatives, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Dr. Burks serves as the Director of Faith-Based Initiatives for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, where his role is engaging and connecting Tennessee’s faith communities to the behavioral health care system, with the goal of expanding addiction and mental health support services across the state. He also oversees the Tennessee Lifeline Peer Project, a state program aimed at reducing the stigma associated with people who suffer from addiction and the Tennessee Faith-Based Community Coordinators, who seek to help congregations build their capacity to combat addiction and mental health issues in their respective communities. Dr. Burks has more than 18 years’ experience working with the criminal justice system in various roles, including adjunct criminal justice professor at Motlow State Community College, Criminal Justice Research Analyst at Middle Tennessee State University, and Criminal Justice Program coordinator at Tennessee State University, where he still serves as an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice. Previously, he served as a program coordinator, job placement specialist, and cognitive skills instructor with Middle Tennessee Rural Reentry, earning national recognition as the “Outstanding Professional of the Year” from the Southern Criminal Justice Association for helping ex-offenders break down employment barriers. Dr. Burks earned his Master of Arts degree in criminal justice from Middle Tennessee State University, his Doctorate in theology from Heritage, and wears the honorable badge of Certified Peer Recovery Specialist.

Cicely K. Burrows-McElwain, L.C.S.W.-C., Military and Veteran Affairs Liaison, National Policy Liaison Branch, Division of Regional and National Policy, Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Ms. BurrowsMcElwain currently serves as the Military and Veteran Affairs Liaison for SAMHSA, where she focuses her efforts on strengthening cross-agency collaboration between the VA, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Defense (DoD) in meeting the behavioral health needs of SMVF. Prior to her current position, she served as a Public Health Advisor in SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services, National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative as the network’s military families government liaison. She has over 20 years of experience working in rural behavioral health systems in local, state, and federal systems. In 2018, she was selected by the George W. Bush Institute to become part of the 33-member inaugural class of the Stand-To Veterans Leadership Program. Prior to joining the team at SAMHSA, she served as a clinical social worker for the VA Capitol Health Care Network (VISN 5) at the VA Maryland Healthcare System. Ms. BurrowsMcElwain is an Adjunct Lecturer for Salisbury University’s Social Work Department, teaching course content with a focus on rural social work and disaster mental health. Ms. BurrowsMcElwain received her Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore with a specialized focus in Clinical Services and Human Services Administration. She proudly volunteered her time as a First Lieutenant in the Maryland Military Department’s Defense Force (MDDF) as a clinical social worker with the 10th Medical Regiment.

Juliana M. Lesher, M.Div., Ph.D., BCC, National Director of VA Chaplaincy, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Chaplain Juliana M. Lesher is the National Director of VA Chaplaincy. Chaplain Lesher has served as the Chief of Chaplain Service at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Chief of Chaplain Service at the Fargo VA Medical Center, Chaplain at the Louisville VA Medical Center, and Chaplain at the William S. Middleton Veterans Hospital. She has served as a chaplain in healthcare and prison settings in Pennsylvania, California, Wisconsin, Kentucky, North Dakota, and Texas. Chaplain Lesher was the recipient of the 2016 VA Under Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Chaplaincy, the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the Military Chaplains Association, the 2013 VA Secretary’s Heart and Hands Award, the 2008 VA Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Chaplaincy, and the 2009 VA Chaplaincy Best Practice Award. She also is the author of the God Understands series. Chaplain Lesher obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Messiah College, a Master of Divinity from Evangelical Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University’s School of Business and Leadership. She is endorsed for chaplaincy by the Evangelical Congregational Church. She is passionate about serving our Nation’s Veterans and their family members.