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Veterans Crisis Line National Military Appreciation Month


24th Annual Military
& Civilian
Combat Stress Conference

Evidence-based Integrative Treatment For Trauma, Traumatic Brain Injury & PTSD

Thursday - Sunday, May 4-7, 2017
San Diego (Carlsbad), California, USA

Attend 1-4 Days & Earn From 6 to 24 C.E. Hours
(Psychologists earn 5.5
to 24 C.E. Hours)

The 24th Annual International Military & Civilian Combat Stress Conference is the leading and longest-running conference on combat stress in the world. The conference was founded by and continues to be directed by Col. (Ret.) Bart P. Billings, Ph.D. and has culminated in publication of his new book Invisible Scars: How To Treat Combat Stress And PTSD Without Medication. This annual conference takes place the first weekend of May in recognition of National Military Appreciation Month. This multi-disciplinary event brings civilian and military medical and mental health professionals from around the world together to share their clinical expertise and integrative treatment approaches about topics such as:
• PTSD Blast Injuries Crisis Intervention Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Suicide Terrorism Compassion Fatigue Deployment & Redeployment
Grief & Loss Military Culture Medication Issues Returning Troops
Nightmares Reintegration Combat Readiness Threat Assessment

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PRE-CONFERENCE LAW AND ETHICS COURSE
THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017 • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. • 6 C.E. Hours (6 C.E. Hours for Psychologists)

Law And Ethics Update For 2017

This intermediate course provides an update on laws, rules, regulations, case law, licensing board complaints, risk management and best practices pertaining to such topics: duty to warn/protect, telehealth, suicide, child abuse reporting, elder abuse reporting, clinical vs forensic cases, expert witness issues, boundaries, confidentiality, record keeping, and termination. For more course details click here.

James R. Rogers, J.D. is an Attorney-At-Law who for over 30 years has represented numerous and various licensed healthcare individuals and a wide variety of healthcare facilities. Since 2002, Jim has held the highest attorney peer rating of AV® Preeminent (5/5.0) by Martindale-Hubbell. From 2013 to present, Jim has been annually recognized by San Diego Magazine as "San Diego's Top Lawyer" in the field of "Medical & Mental Healthcare Professionals & Institutions." On two occasions Jim was given the "Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Award" by the San Diego Psychological Association and received recognition from the California Psychological Association for his “Outstanding Contribution to the Profession of Psychology.” Jim also serves as General Counsel and Board Secretary for eTherapyFinder, Inc., a company dedicated to making therapy widely accessible by offering an online HIPAA complaint practice management platform for mental health professionals. eTherapyFinder, Inc. is currently beta testing with select user groups.



CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Each day will feature 1-3 presentations varying in length from 1-3 hours. Please note that the speakers and times are subject to change without notice (e.g., as a result of military deployment, flight cancellations, etc.). Any changes in advance of the conference will be posted on our website.


FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017 • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. • 6 C.E. Hours (5.5 C.E. Hours for Psychologists)

The Psychological And Medical Sequela of Chemical Exposure

Lisa Nagy, M.D. is received her medical degree at Cornell Medical College. She followed that with training in surgery and later in emergency medicine, in which she is board certified. She is currently studying environmental medicine.







Lunch is on your own from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Compassion Fatigue And Vicarious Trauma (1pm-2:30pm; 90 min.)

This presentation will emphasize the risks and challenges facing uniformed and non-uniformed health professionals as they provide care for trauma that might be very close to their own. The concepts of compassion fatigue and shared trauma, as they relate to frontline connection with war-fighters, and the necessary battle against stigma for medical personnel to seek needed help for that compassion fatigue, is discussed.


Heidi Kraft, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the UC San Diego/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She joined the Navy during her internship at Duke University Medical Center, serving as both a flight and clinical psychologist. Her active duty assignments included the Naval Safety Center, the Naval Health Research Center and Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida. While on flight status, she flew in nearly every aircraft in the Navy and Marine Corps inventory, including more than 100 hours in the F/A-18 Hornet, primarily with Marine Corps squadrons. In 2004 she deployed to western Iraq for seven months with a Marine Corps surgical company, when her twins were 15-months-old. Her book, Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned In A Combat Hospital, is a memoir of that experience. She left active duty in 2005, after nine years in the Navy. At PsychArmor Institute, she provides oversight for all clinical course content and supervises Masters level mental health providers. She is frequently invited to speak at conferences and panels on combat stress, stigma and caring for the caregiver. She is an adjunct professor at San Diego State University, where she teaches stress, trauma and the psychological experience of combat, as well as abnormal psychology. She lives in San Diego with her husband, a former Marine Corps Harrier pilot.


Topic and speaker to be posted soon. (2:30pm-4pm; 90 min.)

4 p.m. • Adjourn




SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017 • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. • 6 C.E. Hours (5.5 C.E. Hours for Psychologists)


Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories Protocol: Case Series with Vets and First Responders

Denise Budden-Potts, Ph.D. brings more than 30 years of clinical competence to the area of PTSD research and treatment, and is one of the pioneering researchers helping military vets alleviate the intrusive symptoms of post-traumatic stress. She is the Clinical Director of the San Diego Branch of the Research and Recognition Project where she treats male vets diagnosed with severe PTSD, and recently completed a clinical study with female vets diagnosed with Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and general PTSD.



Concussions And Traumatic Brain Injuries: The Invisible Wounds

This presentation will cover the various symptoms caused by blasts injuries as reported by over 500 marines including those related to injury to the visual cortex. Many of these symptoms are merely ignored, not reported, or handled with interventions that do not address a wide array of lingering problems including chronic headaches and migraines.

Helen L. Irlen, M.A. is an internationally recognized educator, researcher, scholar, licensed marriage and family therapist, and expert in the area of visual-perceptual problems.
She is a Board Certified Professional Counselor (BCPC) by the American Psychotherapy Association and a Board Certified PTSD Clinician (BCPTSD) by the American Psychotherapy Association. Over 20 years ago, research directed by Helen Irlen under a federal research grant studied methods of helping children and adults with reading and learning disabilities. The Irlen Method has been the subject of two segments of 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, The Home Show, 60 Minutes Australia, a BBC Special, ABC Worldwide News with Peter Jennings, NBC News, and numerous TV shows around the world. She is the author of Reading By The Colors, The Irlen Revolution: A Guide to Changing your Perception and Your Life, and Sports Concussions And Getting Back In The Game...Of Life: A Solution For Concussion Symptoms. For a complete bio visit http://irlen.com/founder-helen-irlen/


Lunch is on your own from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Neurocognitive Sequela of Concussive Blast Injury and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

This presentation will address both the common and unique neurocognitive sequela of unitary v. serial Concussive Blast Injury and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy; one more common to the those serving in the Armed Forces while the latter more prevalent in professional full contact sports. Our review will cover common epidemiology and factors effecting trajectories of recovery or deterioration. Discussion will include diagnostic processes starting with the patient history and imaging results that speak to brain biochemical and architectural alterations. Neurocognitive assessment findings documenting emotional, behavioral, and cognitive compromise will illustrate the potential spectrum of enduring struggles.

Mark McDonough, Ph.D.­ is a Pediatric and Adult Neuropsychologist at Scripps Hospital in Encinitas. He completed his post-doctoral study at Vanderbilt University Medical Center specializing in Neuropsychology. While there, he focused on neuropsychological testing of children and adults, toxicity, traumatic brain injury, and psychological assessments. He later coordinated the Pediatric Brain Injury program at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, New Jersey, one of the largest programs of it’s kind in the country. He was later Director of Clinical Services at The Neurobehavioral Institute of New Jersey – an outpatient facility dealing with both traumatic and acquired brain injuries, their assessment and treatment. Currently he has a private practice and provides consultation services at his office at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego as well as Scripps-Encinitas Hospital in Encinitas, California.

4 p.m. • Adjourn




SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2017 • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. • 6 C.E. Hours (5.5 C.E. Hours for Psychologists)

Best Practices For Trauma Treatment In Civilian And Military Organizations

This presentation will provide a multi-disciplinary perspective for both civilian and military organization on the best practices for treating combat stress, trauma, PTSD, and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Bart P. Billings, Ph.D., COL SCNG-SC (Ret), Military Medical Directorate
is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is the
developer of the Human Assistance Rapid Response Team (HARRT) readiness program which helps soldiers and their families prepare for the stress and challenges of deployment. He retired as LtC from US Army Medical Service Corp after serving a total of 34 years in US Army. He is the recipient of the 2014 Human Rights Award from Citizens Commission on Human Rights International. He is the Director/Founder International Military & Civilian Combat Stress Conference and it has culminated in publication of his book Invisible Scars: How To Treat Combat Stress And PTSD Without Medication.

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. • Topic and speaker to be posted soon.

Lunch is on your own from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. • Topic and speaker to be posted soon.

2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.Topic and speaker to be posted soon.

4 p.m. • Adjourn





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Conference Venue Information







Health Education Conference Center
Tri-City Wellness Center
6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Directions: Map/Directions
Parking: Free

HOTELS (Listed in order of proximity.)


Hampton Inn (~1.4 miles away)
2229 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 431-2225
La Costa Resort & Spa (~2.5 miles away)
2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009
(800) 854-5000
Courtyard by Marriott (~1.5 miles away)
5835 Owens Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 431-9399
La Quinta Inn & Suites (~3.7 miles away)
760 Macadamia Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 438-2828
Holiday Inn (~1.7 miles away)
850 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009
(877) 863-4780
Hilton Garden Inn (~5 miles away)
6450 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 476-0800
Residence Inn (~2.3 miles away)
2000 Faraday Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 431-9999
Motel 6 (~7 miles away)
6117 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 931-7958


Attire
Military: Class B or battle dress uniform (all services)
Presenters: Class A uniform if desired
Civilians: Business casual or casual

Continuing Education Addendum
This conference provides continuing education hours for most licensed mental health professionals (i.e., psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs) and licensed healthcare professionals (e.g., nurses, rehabilitation counselors) in California and other states. Please visit our CE page to determine if your state board recognizes our status as an approved continuing education provider by the various national professional organizations and state licensing boards.

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Tuition: Fee includes continental breakfast and afternoon snacks. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Reservists and National Guard may be eligible to attend this conference in lieu of a drill weekend and receive drill pay by completing an RST (Form DA1380). Just ask your commander for details.

*To pay by check or if you need an invoice, simply complete the online registration process and select "Check By Mail" as your payment option. You'll receive a receipt/invoice as well as confirmation details immediately via email. Payment must be received by applicable registration deadline to receive corresponding rate or discount(s).

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