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VA National Mental Health Recovery & Wellness Webinar Series

The VA National Mental Health Recovery & Wellness Webinar Series is sponsored in partnership by the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Services Section in the OMHSP, the VISN 5 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and the Veterans Health Administration Employee Education System. The webinars are focused on presenting advancements in recovery-focused mental health care occurring in the VHA and community. The webinars occur at 1 PM ET the second Tuesday of each month. Now they are available here on demand!

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The Armory Project: Lessons and Findings from a Community- Partnered Approach to Preventing Firearm Suicides

June 11, 2024 | 1 - 2PM EST / 10 - 11AM PST

Gala True, PhD

The Armory Project (TAP), a VA-funded, multi-year, community-partnered research project, has brought together VA researchers and suicide prevention staff with individual firearm owners, firearm retailers and ranges, firearm instructors and others to develop and pilot culturally-acceptable LMS messaging and interventions in Louisiana. While TAP originally focused on preventing Veteran firearm suicides, the work has grown to encompass firearm suicide prevention more broadly, including addressing risk for caregivers. This presentation will describe lessons-learned and findings from several TAP pilot studies that are relevant to health care providers, peer support specialists, and others working within and outside of VA.


Below is our upcoming webinar schedule for 2024. All of our webinars are from 1 PM - 2 PM EST | 10 AM - 11 AM PST. Registration information will be sent out about a month ahead of the scheduled webinar. Dates for the rest of the year will be forthcoming.

July 9, 2024

Recovery Oriented Medication Management for Veterans with SMI

Drs. Dan Bradford and Emily Defraites

August 13, 2024

Community Inclusion is a Medical Necessity

Dr. Mark Salzer

September 10, 2024

The Fundamentals of Community Inclusion: What is required for Making Community Inclusion a Reality for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness?

Dr. Mark Salzer


2024 | 2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020

2024 Webinars

April 9, 2024

Treating the Whole Person: Special Considerations for addressing Behavioral Health Comorbidities in Serious Mental Illnesses

Drs. Richard Goldberg, Letitia Travaglini, Elizabeth Klingaman, and Haley Miles-McLean

2023 Webinars

January 10, 2023

Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging: The Role of Psychosocial and Vocational Rehabilitation in Suicide Prevention

Timothy R. Smith, PhD, Shana Bakken, PhD, CRC, and Dan Bradford, MD, MPH


February 14, 2023

Evaluating the use of Peer Specialists to Support Suicide Prevention

Matthew Chinman, PhD


March 14, 2023

Translating Veterans' Current Needs and Goals Into Future Realities:
Promoting Holistic Integration of Vocational Rehabilitation in Clinical Treatment

Kevin Fields, PhD, CRC and Kenneth Weber, CRC, LCPC


April 11, 2023

Firearm Acquisition and Ownership – Decision Making Within the Context of Injury Risk

Joseph Simonetti, MD, MPH


May 9, 2023

Coaching into Care: The Role of Family in Supporting Veteran Mental Health Care

Steven L. Sayers, PhD


June 13, 2023

The Great Outdoors: Engaging with Nature for Mental Health

Austen R. Anderson, PhD


July 11, 2023

Living Well: A Group Intervention Designed to Support the Health and Wellness of Those Living with Serious Mental Illness and a Co-occurring Chronic Medical Condition

Richard Goldberg, PhD


August 8, 2023

Mental Health Recovery and Whole Health

Peter Chien, MD and Melanie Nobile, LCSW


September 12, 2023

Introduction to the Recovery Model: Understanding the Transformation of VA Mental Health Services

Catherine Morrison, PhD and Kathryn Peacock-Dutt, MSW, LCSW


October 10, 2023

Employment as a Key Social Determinant of Health and Wellness

Richard A. Davis, MSW and Joseph G. Carlomagno, M.Ed.


November 14, 2023

Homecoming: Discovering Recovery and Health in Our Home and Surroundings

Peter Chien, MD and Melanie Nobile, LCSW


2022 Webinars

January 11, 2022

VA Interventions for Social Isolation: Social Prescribing as the Future of Healthcare

Lori Murphy, LISW-S & Prince Taylor, M.Ed


February 8, 2022

Peer-based Whole Health Coaching: A New Approach to Care for Homeless Veterans

Daniel Blonigen, PhD


March 8, 2022

Vocational Rehabilitation Service Programs & The Benefits of Work

Joseph Carlomagno, M.Ed


April 12, 2022

A Brief Cultural Identity Assessment for Clinical Care

Mary Katherine Howell, PhD


May 10, 2022

Using VA Mobile Mental Health Apps to Support Recovery and Wellness

Colleen Becket-Davenport,PsyD


June 14, 2022

Addressing Race-Based Stress and Racial Trauma

Maurice Endsley, Jr., PhD


July 12, 2022

How to Understand and Support Recovery for Black Individuals in the US Diagnosed with Schizophrenia

Arundati Nagendra, PhD


August 9, 2022

Evidence-Informed Strategies and Clinical Resources to Advance Suicide Prevention in Women Veterans

Jennifer Strauss, PhD


September 13, 2022

Connecting Veterans with Early Psychosis to VA Mental Health Services

Melanie Bennett, PhD & Alicia Lucksted, PhD


October 11, 2022

Understanding Aggression Among Veterans: Risk-Factors, Assessment, and Treatment

Alison Krauss, PhD


October 18, 2022

Vocational Rehabilitation Services in the Veterans Health Administration: What Services are Available, How to Access Them, and Research Findings

Kristen Abraham, PhD & Shana Bakken, PhD


November 8, 2022

VA Training Opportunities in Mental Health Research and Treatment


2021 Webinars

January 12, 2021

A Win-Win: Trainees as Promoters of Recovery on Inpatient Mental Health Units

Blaire Ehret, Ph.D., Dimitri Perivoliotis, Ph.D., Yuliana Gallegos Rodríguez, Ph.D., & Tamara Rumburg, Ph.D.


February 09, 2021

Promoting Recovery, Resilience and Suicide Prevention With Holistic and Spiritually Integrated Treatments: Taking Care of Our Veterans and Ourselves

Donna Ames, M.D.


March 09, 2021

Video Games and Gaming Communities in Mental Health Recovery

Michelle Carras, Ph.D. andMathew Bergendahl, MS, NCC, LPC


April 13, 2021

The Role of VA Peer Specialists in Supporting Physical Health And Wellness

Anjana Muralidharan, Ph.D.


May 11, 2021

VA Connection Plans: An Introduction and Clinical Training on a Social Connection Intervention

Amanda Peeples, Ph.D., Samantha Hack, Ph.D., LMSW, & Anjana Muralidharan, Ph.D.


August 10, 2021

Honest, Open, Proud (HOP) as a Resource for Recovery-Oriented Programming

Michelle Andra, Ph.D. & Alicia Lucksted, Ph.D.


September 14, 2021

Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging: The Role of Psychosocial and Vocational Rehabilitation in Suicide Prevention

Timothy R. Smith, Ph.D., Shana K. Bakken, Ph.D., CRC, and Daniel W. Bradford, M.D., MPH


October 21, 2021

Telling Your Story as a Peer Specialist, Tools and Tips

Kenneth A. Vick


November 9, 2021

Evidence-Informed Progress Through Process: Implementing a Process-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Approach in VHA

Karen O'Brien, Ph.D.


December 14, 2021

VA & Community Partnerships: Supporting Preparedness and Strengthening Response

Tamar Wyte-Lake, DPT, MPH, Aram Dobalian, PhD, JD, MPH, Felix Acevedo, PhD, CEM, Reginald Kornegay, MaSSS, CHEP, SEM, VPS, James Payne, MS, CEM, CHEC, and Peter W. Brewster, BS


2020 Webinars

September 8, 2020

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Implementation and Initial Outcomes at the Baltimore and DC VA Medical Centers

Lea Didion, PsyD, Jessica Grossmann, PhD, and Peter Phalen, PsyD


October 13, 2020

Evaluating Use of Peer Support Specialists to Deliver Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training

Matthew Chinman, Ph.D.


November 10, 2020

Mental Health Recovery and Wellness: Evaluation of Recovery-Oriented Acute INpatient Mental Healthcare (RAIN-MH)

Alan McGuire, Ph.D.


December 8, 2020

Firearms and Suicide: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Tools in Lethal Means Safety Counseling

Lauren Lovato Jackson, Ph.D. & Meredith Sears, Ph.D.



Brought to you in partnership by:

Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Services Section in the OMHSP
Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Services Section in the OMHSP

VISN 5 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center

VA Employee Education System
Veterans Health Administration Employee Education System