Clinical Social Workers Kick-Off Inaugural Conference: The Emotional Wounds of War

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The Institute for Clinical Social Work will host a clinical conference to inaugurate their new Military/Veterans Specialization

The Institute for Clinical Social Work (ICSW) on May 4-5, 2012 will launch an inaugural event to showcase its new Military/Veterans Specialization designed for clinical social workers, psychotherapists and others looking to understand the psychological issues facing service members and veterans.

The Emotional Wounds of War: Clinical Work with Military, Veterans, and their Families, will provide stimulating key note and clinical presentations to address one of the profession’s most challenging, traumatized group of patients—the soldier. The conference will explore the application of psychodynamically informed concepts within difficult practice settings. The event is held in memory of social worker Lieutenant Colonel David Cabrera, PhD, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on October 29, 2011. LTC Cabrera had agreed to speak at the conference before his deployment to Afghanistan.

Keynote presentations are to include clinical experts Commander Russell Carr, MD and Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Yarvis, PhD, MS, USA who will discuss the realities of clinical work with active duty personnel and veterans. CDR Carr is a Navy psychiatrist from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., LTC Yarvis serves as the Deputy Commander for Behavioral Health Service at the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

In addition, Elizabeth Rottenberg, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University and a candidate at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis will explore, from a philosophical perspective, ideas about the “time bending” nature of trauma.

Additional presentations and discussions from diverse practice settings will examine the efficacy of psychodynamic treatment models with traumatized clients.

The conference will be held Friday evening, May 4 and all day Saturday, May 5 at the Robert Morris Center auditorium, 401 South State Street, Chicago. Seven continuing education units (CEUs) will be awarded for those who attend the full conference. Attendees who desire CEU certificates must register in advance and provide their license number.

The conference is open to the public and media and will be of special interest to mental health professionals, educators, researchers and students. Visit ICSW’s website at for more information and to register.

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