Military & Veterans Mental Health Summit

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Military and Veterans Mental Health Summit was held virtually.

Monday, August 31, 2020 – Friday, September 4, 2020.

Opening Remarks Videos

A Message From the Director of the Delaware Office of Veteran Services

A Message from the Director of the Wilmington VAMC

A Message From the Vice Wing Commander at the Dover Air Force Base

A Message From the Lieutenant Governor

A Message From the DE National Guard

Schedule of Events

Monday, August 31, 2020
10-11:30 AM
Keynote Address: “Veterans Perceptions of Behavioral Health Services”
Dr. Larence Kirby, LPCMH
Director, Delaware Office of Veterans Services
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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.


Tuesday, September 1, 2020
10-11 AM or 2-3 PM
“Virtual Resources and Telehealth”
Michael Selby, MSN, RN
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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.



Wednesday, September 2, 2020
10-11 AM or 2-3 PM
“Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and the Crisis Hotline”
Nancy McGee & Lauren Unrath, LCSW
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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 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.




Thursday, September 3, 2020
10-11 AM or 2-3 PM
“Personal Self-Care”
Susana Cebula, MS, CTRS
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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.




Friday, September 4, 2020
10-11 AM or 2-3 PM
“Cognitive Approach to Resiliency”
Dr. Craig W. Gilbert, LPCMH
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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.



 Additional Resources

Additional Resource from Delmarva Power

Home Stretch Webinar Series

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


SAVE (suicide prevention) PowerPoint presentation – February 16, 2021

Recorded Webinar Presentation – S.A.V.E. – February 16, 2021


Spirituality During and After a Pandemic – March 16, 2021

Recorded Webinar Presentation – Spirituality – March 16, 2021


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)


Women’s Health – PowerPoint presentation – May 18, 2021

Recorded Webinar Presentation – Women’s Health – May 18, 2021


Pandemic of Grief – PowerPoint presentation – June 15, 2021

Recorded Webinar Presentation – Pandemic of Grief – June 15, 2021

Online Grief Support Groups