Headliners include Dr. Joseph Bobrow, renowned psychologist and author of "Waking Up from War: A Better Way Home for Veterans and Nations," and Lt. Col. Jeffrey Yarvis, PhD.


The New York University Silver School of Social Work will hold a two-day conference, “Social Work with Military Service Members, Veterans and their Families,” on November 15-16, 2016, in honor of Veterans Day, at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University and Student Life, 60 Washington Square South, New York, N.Y. Headliners will include Dr. Joseph Bobrow, renowned psychologist and author of Waking Up from War: A Better Way Home for Veterans and Nations; and Dr. Jeffrey Yarvis, Military Social Worker and the first integrated service chief of the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. The conference promises to educate the Silver School’s approximately 400 professional social workers and human service staff in state-of-the art practice for active duty personnel, Veterans, and their families.

“As a school designated as ‘Military Friendly,’ it is essential that we create dialogue and training for our profession on competence in working with the Military, Veterans and their loved ones,” said Lynn Videka, dean of the Silver School of Social Work. “This conference will go far in educating our discipline on best practice principles and the evidence to support Military Personnel and Veterans returning from theaters of war around the globe.”

Benjamin Sher, conference coordinator, said: “Unique to this program will be the voice of people with lived experience; Military Service members, Veterans, and their families will be a part of every keynote, plenary and workshop presentations to give an honest and dynamic perspective on how people from this community want to be supported.”

To further this approach, a panel discussion and the showing of the documentary “Almost Sunrise” will be a focal point of the conference. The film focuses on Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson; it documents their 2,700 mile trek across the United States to increase awareness on Moral Injury, a recent mental health model focused on combat duty outcomes and impacts. A panel discussion on the film and its importance for social workers will close Day One’s program.

Opportunities for sponsorship and support of the conference are available to government agencies, for-profit and non-profit businesses, and other concerned parties. Opportunities will be offered during the two days to acknowledge the sponsors of the event, and there will be a Special Resource Fair targeting programs and activities for people working with Military Personnel, Veterans and their families. Further information on sponsorship can be obtained by contacting Ben Sher at 212.998.5973, or via email at Benjamin.sher@nyu.edu

About NYU Silver School of Social Work:

The Silver School offers outstanding degree programs at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels led by faculty who are renowned for their cutting-edge research and exceptional scholarship. The Bachelor of Science program establishes the foundation graduates need to effectively address the social problems of today’s world. The Master of Social Work program offers an integrated curriculum that weaves together classroom and field experiences in order to prepare students for clinical practice and the pursuit of social justice. The PhD program prepares students for a successful research and academic career, and the DSW program provides education for leadership roles in design and development of social welfare programs and policies.