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 – Compassionate Care Hospice- January 19, 2021
PowerPoint Presentation- Compassionate Care Hospice- 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
Validating feelings
Encouraging help

PowerPoint Presentation- SAVE (Suicide Prevention) – February 16, 2021
Recorded Webinar Presentation – S.A.V.E. – February 16, 2021

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?”

PowerPoint Presentation- Spirituality During and After a Pandemic- March 16, 2021
Recorded Webinar Presentation – Spirituality – March 16, 2021

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.

PowerPoint Presentation- Room to Breathe – Managing the Mind with the Breath – 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.

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

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.

PowerPoint Presentation- Pandemic of Grief – June 15, 2021
Recorded Webinar Presentation – Pandemic of Grief – June 15, 2021
Online Grief Support Groups

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.

PowerPoint Presentation- Resilience in Military and Veteran Families- July 20, 2021
Recorded Webinar Presentation- Resillience in Military and Veteran Families- July 20, 2021

August: "Military Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) –  A Program Overview"

This presentation offered an overview of the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (SAPR) Program, including resources and support services provided to military members and dependents as well as collaboration with other programs and community resources.

PowerPoint Presentation- Military Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR)- August 17, 2021
Recorded Webinar Presentation- Military Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR)- August 17, 2021

September: "VA Suicide Prevention in 2021"

This presentation provided a status report on suicide prevention efforts by the VA over the past 14 years, as well as a glimpse of the new initiatives coming to suicide prevention in the next few years. Both local (DE) and national efforts, including new funding initiatives for local suicide prevention resources, the Veterans Compact Act of 2022. Hannon Act of 2019 and Safe Suicide Reporting, were covered.

PowerPoint Presentation- VA Suicide Prevention in 2021- September 21, 2021
Recorded Webinar Presentation- VA Suicide Prevention in 2021- September 21, 2021
Veteran Suicide Data Sheet, 2019- Delaware
Veteran Suicide Data Sheet, 2019- New Jersey
Veteran Suicide Data Sheet, 2019- Pennsylvania

October: "Ways to Help Military Veterans Heal from Moral Injuries"

This presentation defined moral injury and the role of killing in moral injury, explained how post traumatic stress and moral injury are often co-present in military veterans and shared Interfaith Veterans Workgroup non-clinical treatments for moral injury. 

Recorded Webinar Presentation- Ways to Help Military Veterans Heal from Moral Injuries- October 19, 2021
Annotated Bibliography of Books and Web Resources About Moral Injury
Treating Moral Injury in Veterans
Treating PTS and Moral Injury in Veterans

Essay on Moral Injury

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”

August 31st, 2020
Keynote Address: “Veterans Perceptions of Behavioral Health Services”
Dr. Larence Kirby, LPCMH
Director, Delaware Office of Veterans Services

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“Virtual Resources and Telehealth”

September 1st, 2020
“Virtual Resources and Telehealth”
Michael Selby, MSN, RN

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"Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and the Crisis Hotline”

September 2nd, 2020
“Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and the Crisis Hotline”
Nancy McGee & Lauren Unrath, LCSW

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“Personal Self-Care”

September 3rd, 2020
“Personal Self-Care”
Susana Cebula, MS, CTRS

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“Cognitive Approach to Resiliency”

September 4th, 2020
“Cognitive Approach to Resiliency”
Dr. Craig W. Gilbert, LPCMH

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Additional Resources

Guest Speakers

Dr. Larence Kirby, LPCMH

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 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

Nancy McGee

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 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, 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. 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.