2016 DCoE Summit September 13 – 15; Registration Is Open

The 2016 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Summit is quickly approaching and registration is now open.

The summit will convene Sept. 13 – 15 at the Defense Health Agency headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. Most participants will join virtually through a live stream. This year’s theme, “State of the Science: Advances, Current Diagnostics and Treatments of Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in Military Health Care” addresses the overall mission of DCoE and the need for collaboration between psychological health and traumatic brain injury (TBI) initiatives.

“The reason it is important to have a joint psychological health and traumatic brain injury summit is that these conditions often overlap,” said DCoE Director Navy Capt. Mike Colston. “It is hard for clinicians to ascertain which conditions might be a psychological health issue or which might be a traumatic brain injury issue. Both of those conditions overlap in the human brain.”

This year’s psychological health track features sessions on topics such as “Psychological Implications of Women in Combat” and “Needle Acupuncture and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Substance Use Disorders.”

“We are covering a variety of topics that are relevant and applicable to current medical practices and research in the military,” said Vladimir Nacev, Ph.D., acting chief, implementation science at the Deployment Health Clinical Center, the psychological health component of DCoE.

Some of the psychological health presentations include:

  • “Service Members’ Psychosocial Well-Being after Reporting Military Sexual Assault”
  • “Utilizing Public Health to Examine Diverse Psychological Health Topics at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research”
  • “40 Years Later: The Legacy of Vietnam for U.S. Male and Female Veterans”
  • “Moral Injury in Combat Veterans”

For the TBI track, speakers will focus on new approaches to treatment. Scott Livingston, Ph.D., director of education for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, said presentations will center around:

  • Emerging technologies for TBI diagnosis and rehabilitation
  • Integrative medicine and multidisciplinary team treatment approaches
  • Return-to-school and return-to-work/ duty issues and challenges associated with PTSD, chronic pain and multiple concussions

Although the call for abstracts invited submissions in eight categories, the team organizing the conference decided to focus on four after reviewing all the submitted abstracts.

“In general, [we selected] abstracts based on clinical applicability and clinical relevance, research that was ongoing related to TBI, and how current research is impacting how we manage service members and veterans with TBI,” Livingston said.

Registration is now open for the summit, for a complete agenda and other pertinent information and updates, visit the 2016 DCoE Summit website.

*While MHN is pleased to bring these opportunities to your attention, please remember that these must be taken on your own personal time. Please coordinate your schedule with your MFLC Liaison if you need to flex your work hours to accommodate this opportunity.