Veterans and Service Providers

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As a mental health provider:  How do you help veterans and their families gain access to treatment?


Veterans Mental Health: Accessing Care, Engaging in Treatment and Healing

June 3, 2017, Saturday - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
University Hall, Room 1859
Registration Fee:  $55
Additional Fee for BBS 5.0 units:  $25.00

When available, the enrollment link will appear here.     ENROLLMENT WILL OPEN SOON - PLEASE CHECK BACK FREQUENTLY! 

Understanding and being sensitive to the military culture is imperative in providing appropriate care.  As a clinician, it is up to you to help your client navigate the confusing treatment landscape which may be different for the veteran than what is available for their families.  For our veteran community, the path to gain treatment is wrought with extensive unfamiliarity, confusion, transportation challenges and geographic barriers, broken network connection, and misunderstanding over appropriate treatment modalities.  Join us as we resolve these issues!


  • How veterans seek service and points of access.

  • How counselors help and don't help.

  • How to work with military culture and counseling methods.

  • How to engage more veterans and family members in the counseling room.

  • How to help family members and women veterans.

  • Use community and failth based services effectively.


  • Jim Zener - LCSW, former army intelligence, deployments in Iraq, past Clinical Director of the veterans program at VOLA, current Associate Director of the community program at the Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at USC.

  • Val Reyes, (Lt.Col.) LCSW, 1st army social worker in Afghanistan and 1st to start 12-step meetings in Afghanistan.  Co-founder of USC Military Social Work program.  Currently works as a clinical therapist with the Long Beach VA.  Former Clinical Director of Del Amo Hospital Military Trauma program. 

  • Terri Morgan, LMFT, Project Director UCLA-NFRC (women veteran embedded behavioral health services at UCLA).  Currently involved in establishing the new "wellness program" at West Los Angeles VA.

  • Nathan Graesar - MSW, M.Div., active duty Battalion Chaplain in the Army National Guard. Community Relations Liason for the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative.

  • Mark Mitchell - LMFT, EAP, coach, instructor at LMU Extension in the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate program. Co-Chair of the Behavioral Health Team for the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative.  Trainer on "stress, burn out, and compassion fatigue" for veteran service organizations. 

Panel members may shift in the event of military scheduling needs for active or reserve members of the panel.

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Los Angeles has the largerst veteran population in the country.

20% of veterans will have some sort of PTSD or traumatic brain injury.

40% will have some sort of mental health issue.


The Above Workshop is Part of a Series of Workshops Addressing The Needs of Veterans and Service Providers to Our Returning Military Personnel

You can join in for one workshop, or participate in as many as you would like.  Events include short presentations, discussion and/or question and answer opportunities about topics of high importance to veterans and the people providing them with services.

Past Events In the Series Include:

  • Healing Veterans With Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Veterans & Addiction:  What Can We Do?
  • Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, and Healing 
  • Moral Injury:  Warriors, Families and Community
  • Healing the Soul:  Veterans and Their Families
  • Post Traumatic Growth:  Advances in PTSD and Moral Injury Healing  

What People Have Said About the Past Events

Here are a couple of comments made by about Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, and Healing: 

  • This workshop was very insightful!  I left with skills to help others along with myself during stressful times.  (Jamie Williams)
  • ...Very good workshop, well organized, and great information.  Guest speaker was exceptional...  (Jill Swanson)

Therapists, trauma specialists and military personnel are talking about these workshops.  Comments heard include:

  • " Wow! the dream team made my head spin with good info about what to do."
  • " Seeing vets up there leading the charge inspire me in my work"
  • “I am burned out and needed to take a knee. This was it.”

At the workshops you will hear language used by veterans.  For those reading this page who are not familiar with the military lingo, "take a knee" means "take a break."  Come join us and learn the culture of the veterans.  


For information, please send an email to or phone 310-338-2812. 

Webpage last updated 9-2-16