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Washington, D.C., Veterans Affairs Medical Center

50 Irving Street N.W.

Washington, D.C 20422

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The Veterans Mental Health Advisory Council, in collaboration with DCVAMC MH department, and the MST coordinator, Dr. Tsila Kirsh, are planning the second Military Sexual Trauma Summit at the DC VAMC - to be held on 4/04/2019 from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm. The objectives of the MST Summit include: 1.) educating participants about the different treatment modalities at the DC VAMC, Vet Centers, CBOCs, and in the surrounding DMV; 2.) increasing awareness of the mandate and need to "make the ask" during the primary care stage for Veterans who may be experiencing mental and physical health challenges as a result of MST; 3.) and to engage participants in interactive workshops which demonstrate challenges service members face when deciding whether to report assault.

Military Sexual Trauma (MST) is defined by Title 38 U.S. Code 1720D as “psychological trauma resulting from a physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment which occurred while the Veteran was serving on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.” Sexual harassment is defined as "repeated, unsolicited verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature which is threatening in character.” According to the Institute for Veteran Policy: Swords to Plowshares, August 2015 edition, “1 in 20 women experienced at least one sexual assault in 2015, which is approximately 8,600 women, while 1 in 100 men experienced at least one sexual assault in 2014, approximately 11,400 men.” MST is an under-reported crime. MST experiences can affect Veterans’ mental and physical health, even many years later. MST is a traumatic event and a crime. Exposure to this kind of trauma can result in PTSD, depression, panic attacks, anxiety, substance abuse, or another mental health disorder. Survivors often do not know how to access services that can help them. It is VA’s policy that all veterans seen for health care are screened for MST. While MST can be a very difficult experience, recovery is possible. At VA, Veterans can receive free, confidential treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. VA has a range of services and initiatives to assist Veterans during each step of their recovery. VA provides free treatment for any physical or mental health conditions related to a Veteran’s experiences of MST. No documentation of the MST experience or a VA disability compensation rating is required. Some Veterans can receive this free MST-related care even if they are not eligible for other VA care. MST-related care is available at both VA hospitals and Vet Centers. The veteran does not need to have reported sexual assault or harassment during their military service.

Keynote Speakers and Topics:

Dr. Christine Calmes, MST Coordinator, Baltimore VAMC, The Veterans Health Administration Response to Military Sexual Trauma

Major Kathleen Young, DNP, PMHNP-BC, Chief of the Psychiatry Continuity Service clinic at WRNMMC &

Kerrie Early, LCSW, Social Worker, Psychiatry Continuity Service, WRNMMC, DOD Response to Military Sexual Trauma

Carl Mojta, LMFT Director DC Vet Center, How to Regain Sexual Health After Trauma

In advance of the Summit, please select *one* breakout session you would like to attend from the list below and annotate, by number, in the notes section of your registration:

2019 Military Sexual Trauma Breakout Sessions 1:00 - 3:00 pm:

  1. EMDR, ACT, and Group 101 as offered at local Veteran Centers (open to staff and Veterans), by Lynn A. Repasky, is a Licensed Clinical Social worker at the Prince Georges County Veteran Center, Lesley Buck is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Alexandria Vet Center, and Troy Brooks is Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Readjustment Counselor at the Prince George’s County Veteran Center.
  2. Warrior to Soul Mate/W2SM: Strengthening Sexual and Relationship Intimacy” co-facilitated by Carl Mojta and Rev. Cheryl Jones, open to veterans and their partners.
  3. Maurice Harrison & Eric Birts, Certified Peer Support Specialists: Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Finding Your Way, (open to all).
  4. Yvonne Grissett, Certified Peer Support Specialist & Porsche Williams, Military Sexual Trauma The Lived Experience & Suicide Intervention Skills, (open to all).
  5. Women’s Power Hour: Promoting Strength and Resiliency Among Survivors, Dr. Nicole Cammack and Rev. Carol Ramsey-Lucas, (open to all).
  6. Psycho-educational Perspective on Trauma, PTSD, and MST, by Dr. Lisa Carlin and Trauma Services Program, (open to all).
  7. Intro to Whole Health by Jennifer Cho, MSW, LCSW, BCD , (open to all).
  8. A Primer on Military Sexual Trauma: Implementing MST Therapy Groups for Male and Female Veterans, by Katie Wagner, PhD; Samantha Weltz, PhD., Audience: Open *only* to VA staff and trainees (not patients). This workshop is especially relevant to those interested in implementing MST treatment approaches in their clinical work.
  9. Mindful Community Participation: Harnessing the Therapeutic Power of Volunteering, by Aldean Swan, VAVS Chief of Staff (open to all).


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No ID is required. Attendees must be 18 and over.

Will CEUs be available?

The planning committee is working on CEU credits.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Due to limited parking at the VAMC, parking will be at the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) located at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington, DC 20011-8400. Shuttles will then transport attendees to the VAMC. At the end of the Summit, attendees will be shuttled back to the AFRH.

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For best results use the following destination address: 
140 Rock Creek Church Rd, NW & Upshur St, NW 
Washington, DC 20011, US

270 North of D.C.

Stay on I-495 ("The Beltway") eastbound. Take exit 31 for Silver Spring. Stay on Georgia Avenue through Silver Spring. Turn left on Upshur Street (between 4200 and 4100 block of Georgia Ave). Cross Rock Creek Church Road into the AFRH-W "Eagle Gate" at Upshur Street.

I-95 North of D.C.

Stay on I-495 ("The Beltway") westbound. Take exit 27 towards Silver Spring. Merge onto New Hampshire Avenue via exit 28B towards Takoma Park. Turn left onto N Capitol Street, NW. Turn slight right onto Rock Creek Church Road, NW. Main gate is located at 140 Rock Creek Church Road and Upshur Street, NW.

I-95 South of D.C.

From I-395, stay on it when it ends at New York Avenue. Turn right on New York Avenue. Go two blocks and make a right onto "M" Street. Go to the second traffic light and make a left onto North Capitol St. NW. Continue on North Capitol, pass the sign to the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington. At Allison Street, make a left turn. Make another left turn onto Rock Creek Church Road, and make another left into the AFRH-W "Eagle Gate" at Upshur Street.

From the Annapolis (Route 50 area)

Take Route 50, which becomes New York Ave. Take the S. Dakota exit. Continue on S. Dakota. Make a left onto Taylor. Continue on Taylor and make a right onto North Capitol Street. At the second stop light turn left on Allison Street. Make another left turn onto Rock Creek Church Road, and make another left into the AFRH-W "Eagle Gate" at Upshur Street.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

The Veterans Mental Health Advisory Council MST Coordinator can be reached at (202) 745-8000 x58641, x57208 or (321) 537-0229.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not have to bring your printed ticket to the event, as there will be a list of attendees who registered through Eventbrite.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes. You may update your registration information by calling the event coordinator at (202) 745-8000 x58641, x57208 or (321) 537-0229.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes. It is ok if the name on the ticket or registration does not match the person who attends. However, please have the name of the person who gave you the ticket.

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