Unspoken Wounds: Breaking the Silence

Defending the Defenders by Promoting the Trauma Recovery Needs of Justice-Involved Veterans, Active Service Members, and Their Families

20 22 October 2013

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The 2013 Unspoken Wounds: Breaking the Silence Conference is a first-of-its kind comprehensive, educational, networking event designed to create synergy among those who defend, advocate, and care for justice-involved Veterans, active duty service members, and their families.

Conference Goals

*To promote a comprehensive System of Care that addresses the treatment, case management, and reintegration needs of veterans and their families.
*To further develop a workforce within the state that has the skills and knowledge needed to provide trauma-informed care and to work collaboratively with local Veterans Courts or other accountability courts to divert veterans away from incarceration and toward the treatment options they need and deserve.
*To help stakeholders across the state understand the correlation between PTSD/trauma and criminal justice involvement and the need to develop programs and resource collaboratives to address this growing public health and safety issue.

Who should attend:

*Counselors, social workers, marriage & family therapists, addiction professionals, community mental health workers, peer specialists, students, physicians, nurses, psychologists, and other healthcare providers
*Behavioral healthcare organization executive leadership and administrators
*Judges & Accountability Court personnel
*Law enforcement & Probation/Parole
*Elected officials & policymakers
*Veterans Affairs personnel & other government agencies
*Non-profits and universities that serve the needs of veterans and their families
*Mental health advocates
*Faith-based organizations
*Veterans and their families

20 speakers

  • Will A. Gunn General Counsel, US Dept of Veterans Affairs
  • Adam Anicich, MBA @AdamAnicich Deputy Director, Congressional Liaison Service, Dept of Veterans Affairs
  • Jill D. Mays, MS, LPC State Project Director, JDTR
  • Frank Berry Commissioner, GA Dept of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities
  • The Honorable Edna Jackson @EdnaforMayor Mayor, City of Savannah
  • Roy J. Harris Chief Deputy Sheriff, Chatham County Sheriff's Office
  • Judge Brenda Weaver Chair, Judicial Council of Georgia Accountability Courts
  • "Rhythm of the Marne" 3rd Infantry Division Band, Ft. Stewart, GA
  • Patricia A. Bradford, LCSW VISN-7 Network Homeless Coordinator, US Dept of Veterans Affairs
  • Major William B. Howerton II USA Retired
  • Qwynn Salazar Braveheart, Emory University
  • BriGette McCoy @brigmccoy CEO, Women Veteran Social Justice
  • Mandy Mercer Behavioral Health Link/GCAL
  • Linda Ligenza, LCSW Faculty, Adoption of Trauma-Informed Care Practices Learning Communities, National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

13 sessions

Pre-Conference Institutes Day 1 from 7:30am to 4:30pm Sunday 20th October 2013

Conference Day 1 Day 2 from 7:30am to 8pm Monday 21st October 2013

Conference Day 2 Day 3 from 7:30am to 3:30pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013

Hyatt Regency Savannah

United States United States / Savannah

2 West Bay St, 31401 - Book your room at conference rate of $119/night + $17/day parking at https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=10715652

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13 known attendees

  • Sean Fucci, USAF Veteran
  • Will Gunn
  • Adam Anicich
  • Edna Jackson
  • Roy Harris
  • Patricia Bradford
  • BriGette McCoy
  • 2013 JDTR Conference
  • Cheryl Sharp
  • Pierluigi Mancini, Ph.D.
  • Peter McCall
  • Karen Kelly
  • Ronald Hackney

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  • Anna Jones, LPC, MFLC

    Secretary/Volunteer Coordinator, JDTR State Advisory Council

  • Antoinette Joiner

    Case Manager, JDTR, Gateway Behavioral Health

  • Bob Poston, PhD

    Vice-Chair, JDTR State Advisory Council

  • Everett Tolbert, S/T, MA

    Program Director, JDTR, Gateway Behavioral Health

  • Jill D. Mays, MS, LPC

    State Project Director, JDTR

  • Timothy Johnson, PhD

    Chair, JDTR State Advisory Council

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