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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for VA Suicide Prevention - Georgia Gerard MSW LCSW

Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Updated: 20 July 2018

Biography

Georgia GerardGeorgia Gerard, MSW, LCSW
Title: Social Worker
Contact:
720-723-6563br />Georgia.Gerard@va.gov
 
Biography: Georgia obtained a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver with a focus on family systems in 2012. Her previous experience focused on child welfare at the Denver Department of Human Services as well as medical social work at Swedish Hospital. Georgia joined the MIRECC in 2012 and has filled the role of Research Assistant for various projects, Co-Investigator and is currently a study clinician.
 
Clinical and Research Interests: Posttraumatic stress disorder and co-morbid substance use disorders, Problem-Solving Therapy, suicide risk and prevention in Veterans that experience Moral Injury, family systems interventions for suicide prevention.
 

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Recent Publications

Pease, J.L., Billera, M., & Gerard, G.R. (2015). Military culture and the transition to civilian life: Suicide risk and other considerations for providers. Social Work, 61(1), 83-85. doi: 10.1093/sw/swv050

Gerard, G.R. & Billera, M.B. (2016). Seeking safety for suicide prevention in veterans: Coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders and suicidal ideation and behavior. Manuscript in preparation.

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Presentations

Gerard, G.R. (2014, July). The New PTSD: Implications for Social Work Best Practices and Suicide Prevention. Poster session presented at NASW 2014 National Conference, Social Work: Courage, Hope, and Leadership. Washington, DC.

Billera, M., Gerard, G.R., Pease, J.L., Clemans, T.A., Davidson, C.L., &Olson-Madden, J.H. (2014, July). Seeking Safety for Suicide Prevention: An interventional pilot study for veterans with suicidal ideation, PTSD, and substance use disorders. Poster session presented at NASW 2014 National Conference, Social Work: Courage, Hope and Leadership. Washington, DC

Billera, M., Gerard, G.R., Clemans, T.A., Pease, J.L., Davidson, C.L., &Olson-Madden, J.H. (2014, April). Seeking Safety for Suicide Prevention: A pilot study. Poster session presented at VA Research Days, Denver, CO

Pease, J.L., Dorsey-Holliman, B., Gerard, G.R., &Brenner, L.A. (2015, April). Veterans Enrolled in College: Untold Stories of the Transition to Civilian Life and the Reintegration Process. Symposium presented at 48th Annual American Association of Suicidology Conference. Atlanta, GA

Gerard, G.R. (2015, October). “Problem Solving Therapy.” Lecture given at Metropolitan State University, Denver, CO.

Gerard, G.R., Jankovsky, M., Billera, M., &Matarazzo, B.E. (April 2016). A bridge to care: The acceptability and feasibility of a Home-Based Intervention (HOME) for veterans at risk for suicide. Poster session presented at Eastern Colorado Health Care System VA Research Days. Denver, CO.

Gerard, G.R. (June 2016). Moral injury and veterans: Implications for social work best practices and suicide prevention. Poster session presented at 2016 NASW National Conference: Leading Change, Transforming Lives. Washington, DC.

Brenner, L.A., Barnes, S.M., Monteith, L.L., Homaifar, B., Gerard, G., Hoffberg, A.S., &Simpson, G.K. Evaluating the Acceptability and Feasibility of Problem Solving Therapy for Suicide Prevention among Veterans with Moderate to Severe TBI. 11th World Congress on Brain Injury. 2016 Mar 2-5; The Hague, Netherlands. Brain Injury, 30 (5-6),718-719. DOI: 10.3109/02699052.2016.1162060

Gerard, G.R., Barnes, S., Monteith, L., Hoffberg, A., &Brenner, L. (September 2016). Problem Solving Therapy for Suicide Prevention among Veterans with Moderate to Severe TBI: A Pilot Study of Acceptability and Feasibility. Presented at the Fourth Annual Military Social Work Conference. Austin, TX.

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Media

Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention: On Moral Injury and Suicide

21 September 2016

In this week's episode Adam discusses moral injury with Georgia Gerard, LCSW, a social worker at Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention. Moral injury is distinct but can also overlap with PTSD. It is important to tease out the differences and then help the individual back to a a place of acceptance.

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The podcast is approximately 18 minutes long.

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