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DCoE Events

Next DCoE Global VTC

Wed 24 September 2008 from 1300 - 1500

[DCoE Global VTC Agenda]

Trauma Spectrum Disorders: The Role of Gender, Race & Other Socioeconomic Factors
A Scientific Conference presented by:

1 - 2 October 2008
Bethesda, MD

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Please note that the Agenda is subject to change.

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Registration for the conference will close on Friday, September 19, 2008.

Parking for all visitors is at the NIH Gateway Center complex.
Everyone visiting NIH must go through this Center located on Rockville Pike across from the National Naval Medical Hospital to park and to obtain an NIH visitor badge. This includes any buses that are hired to transport attendees from hotel to campus. VIP guests will also be met at this location and given reserved parking in the underground garage. They will then be escorted to the Natcher Conference Center.

114th Annual AMSUS Pre-Meeting Interdisciplinary Clinical Education Seminar "Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury: Interdisciplinary Practices" Sunday - November 9, 2008

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury in collaboration with the Uniformed Services Social Workers are proud to present an interdisciplinary training program for continuing medical education units.

This pre-meeting is open to all attendees of the AMSUS Annual Meeting who registered at The curriculum addresses current practices related to psychological health & traumatic brain injuries – the “signature injuries” of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The training is designed for all healthcare professionals who provide care for wounded Warriors. All attendees are eligible to receive approximately 6 hours of general or discipline-specific continuing medical education units.

Pre-register for the seminar by 9 October 2008 by emailing attendee’s name, rank, Service, corps, email address, phone number, and 2008 AMSUS attendee registration number at the following email link: This pre-meeting is limited to 300 attendees.

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Resilience Conference

18 - 20 November 2008

The Resilience Conference is designed to create a strength-based system for promoting psychological health and resilience.  The Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) will use the Resilience Continuum Model as the foundation for assisting the Services to optimize resilience.  The model supports and facilitates peak performance for Warriors, Organizations, and Military Families.

Resilience is essential to mission accomplishment.  The DoD Centers of Excellence (DCoE) is hosting the Conference to:

  • Present Resilience Continuum Model.
  • Promote a paradigm shift from the treatment of illness to psychological health and resilience.
  • Partner with Leaders, Warriors, and Families to optimize resilience and to mitigate deployment related stressors.
  • Identify opportunities to implement resilience based programs that enhance combat effectiveness, organizational health, and overall well being of Warriors and Families.

The Conference will explore key strategies, such as, equip leaders to create a climate in which Warriors seek help; prepare and train Warriors to manage stress responses effectively; identify resources for Service members and their Families to meet the challenges of the contemporary operating environment; and facilitate Military and Civilian helping agency and leadership collaboration to integrate services and increase cross-functional effectiveness.

Venue - Please be aware that the conference location will be in the DC Metro Region; location details will be posted in the very near future.

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Please note that the Agenda is subject to change.

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Registration for the conference will close on Monday, November 3, 2008.

DCoE Completes its Second Strategic Planning Summit

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury recently held its 2nd Strategic Planning Conference - Strategic Planning Summit II (Collaborations, Roles and Relationships). The purpose of the Strategic Planning Summit II was to further establish the DCoE role and relationship with the Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs and its other Federal partners.

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Below is a list of downloadable presentations from the Summit II.

The following are available in PDF format. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free via the link below.

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Title or Presentation


State of the DCoE - Getting after It: BG Loree Sutton


Strategic Communications with the Services: Dr. Michael Kilpatrick


Real Warriors. Real Battles. Real Strength. Campaign: CDR Anthony Arita, LTC Mary Hull


NICoE Strategic Update: Dr. George Nussbaum


DVA Update on PH and TBI Programs and Initiatives: Dr. Sonja Batten


Army Service Update: Dr. Orman


Air Force Service Update: Maj Isler


Navy/USMC Service Update: CDR Richard Bergthold, Dr. Thomas Gaskin


Neurocognitive Assessment Tool update: COL Robert Labutta


Funded Research Proposals Status Report: COL Veronica Thurmond


Reunion and Reintegration: COL Elspeth Ritchie


Systems of Care: Communities of Practice: Dr. Michael E. Faran


Defense Centers of Excellence Strategic Communications: Mr. David Malakoff


Way Ahead Briefing: BG Loree Sutton, Ms. Ellen Embrey, COL Angel Lugo


Report to Stakeholders: Training and Education, Dr. David Riggs


TeleHealth Services Coordination: COL Greg Gahm


LoA 2 Update: M. Ellen Embrey

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