Home Stretch Webinar Series
The Home Stretch Webinar Series is a monthly webinar for the entire military community. Each month we will cover a different mental health related topic that pertains to the entire military community (active military, veterans, family members, caregivers, etc.).
January: "Compassionate Care Hospice"
This presentation provided a brief overview of the hospice program and the value of hospice for our veterans. It highlighted the commitment to caring for and honoring those who have served when they reach the end of life.
Presenter Bios for January 19, 2021 Webinar – Compassionate Care Hospice
Compassionate Care Hospice PowerPoint Presentation – January 19, 2021
Recorded Webinar Presentation – Compassionate Care Hospice – January 19, 2021
February: "S.A.V.E. (Suicide Prevention Program)"
This presentation offered S.A.V.E., a one hour gatekeeper training program provided by VA suicide prevention coordinators to Veterans and those who serve Veterans. The training stands for:
Signs of suicide
Asking about suicide
March: "Spirituality during and after a Pandemic"
During this pandemic, connecting with our spiritual, religious, or other communities has been a challenge. Finding strength in traditions, texts, rituals, practices, holy times and/or even seasons may not have been as easy as in past years due to the lack of community. This presentation examined this question, “What can we do to maintain our spirituality during these times of social distancing and thereafter?”
April: "Room to Breathe"
This session offered insight into the science and power of the breath as well as to manage the mind and emotions and relieve stress. Several simple breathing techniques were taught.
Room to Breathe – Managing the Mind with the Breath PowerPoint Presentation – April 20, 2021
Recorded Webinar Presentation – Managing the Mind with the Breath – April 20, 2021
Virtual Power Breath Course (May 2021)
May: "Women's Health"
This presention dicussed women’s health, mental health, trauma, work/life balance and coping mechanisms we all can use.
June: "Pandemic of Grief"
In the wake of the global pandemic, we have lost loved ones in traumatic ways. While we have each experienced unique loss in our lives, we have also shared a collective loss of security, identity, social connectedness, and normalcy. When we don’t allow ourselves to pause, feel the loss, and grieve, we run the risk of having prolonged or unresolved grief – increasing the risk of anxiety, depression, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. This presentation shared guidance on how to move through the grief process in healthy ways and provided resources in the community.
July: "Resilience in Military and Veteran Families"
Military and veteran family life is dynamic and interrelated with its own experiences. Service members and their families face distinctive stressors in the numerous transitions they face. Even though many have the ability to manage and overcome transition difficulties, some military and veteran families may need additional support. Although military and veteran families may face more stressors, they often emerge stronger. This presentation discccused resiliency in military and veteran families.
Military & Veterans Mental Health Summit
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Military and Veterans Mental Health Summit was held virtually from August 31st to September 4th.
Opening Remarks Videos
Schedule of Events
Keynote Address: “Veterans Perceptions of Behavioral Health Services”
Dr. Larence Kirby, LPCMH
Doctor Larence Kirby is the Executive Director for the Delaware Office of Veterans Services. He advises a state-wide agency, legislative officials, and service agencies on issues impacting 72,000 Delaware veterans. He oversees two state veterans’ cemeteries and counsels veterans and families, on disability compensation, burial benefits, education programs, employment opportunities, and behavioral health issues. Doctor Kirby retired from active duty as a Command Chief Master Sergeant. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for actions in Afghanistan and selflessly identified hundreds of Iraq and Afghanistan casualties, through dental xrays, at Dover’s Air Force Port Mortuary. He has a PhD in Human Services, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice, and is Board President for the Mental Health Association in Delaware.
Michael Selby, MSN, RN
Michael has been the Facility Telehealth Coordinator/Connected Care Nurse Manager for the Wilmington VA since March 2016. He started his VA career within Telehealth, as an RN Care Coordinator for Home Telehealth at the Coatesville VAMC in 2010. Mr. Selby been pivotal to the introduction of monitoring for Mental Health diagnosis for Home Telehealth at both respective locations. He co-authored the disease management protocol being used to monitor for Bipolar Disorder to date. He has been an RN for the past 15 years, with a focus on Mental Health most of that time. Prior to his VA career, he was a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse and was certified via ANNC from 2007 to 2012. Mr. Selby worked for the Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health for the State of New Jersey since 1999 and continues to provide per diem work to date. During his tenure as Connected Care Manager for the Wilmington VAMC, he has prided himself with increasing and expanding the modalities. These efforts support expansion of the Medical Center’s access to its Veteran population for both clinical and non-clinical resources via intra and inter-facility encounters; as well as non-VA sites.
Nancy McGee came to Delaware in 1984 after beginning her career living in a tee-pee while working in wilderness camps and experiential education programs on the East Coast. She has been working in the human services field ever since. She has a strong background in family systems, individuals with co-occurring disorders, complex sexual trauma survivors and system collaborations. She currently serves as the coordinator for the Sexual Assault Network of Delaware (SAND) at ContactLifeline and sits on the Trauma Matters Delaware Board.
Lauren Unrath, LCSW
Lauren graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Psychology and earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked at a non-profit organization in Philadelphia for 10 years before moving on to the Sussex Vet Center as a Readjustment Counselor (Therapist) in 2016 supporting combat Veterans and their families. Currently, she is the Director of Psychological Health for the Delaware Army National Guard. Lauren lives in Middletown, DE with her husband and daughter.
Susana Cebula, MS, CTRS
Susana Cebula graduated from Wilmington University with a Master of Science in Management: Healthcare Administration. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Leisure Studies: Therapeutic Recreation from Virginia Wesleyan College. She has been a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist 9+ years with clinical experience in long term care, in-patient acute behavioral health hospitals, out-patient behavioral health settings including chemical and substance abuse, and adult day services. Currently, Susana provides recreation therapy services at Wilmington VAMC where she is also a member of several committees such as Whole Health and Patient Experience. Susana was awarded the January 2020 Clinical Employee of the Month from the Wilmington VAMC.
Dr. Craig Gilbert, LPCMH
Dr. Gilbert serves as the Dover Air Force Base Violence Prevention Integrator responsible for the primary prevention of self-directed and interpersonal violence. He is a retired Air Force Security Forces member with over 38 years active duty and civilian military experience. He has also worked as a program director for an adolescent substance abuse treatment center. He has been teaching resilience for the Air Force since 2010 and conducted his doctoral dissertation research on the relationship between resilience and PTSD in the Active Duty Air Force. Dr. Gilbert is a Delaware Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health and holds a Master’s of Science degree in Community Counseling from Wilmington University and a Doctorate of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling from Argosy University. He has also received extensive training in the treatment and prevention of suicide and interpersonal violence.