June 2018 Convening Recap: Military Trauma

Posted on: June 29, 2018  |  Posted in: Community Blog, Information of the Month

On June 22nd, the San Diego Military Family Collaborative introduced the topic of the month on Military Trauma. 70 military providers, agencies, and individuals gathered to learn valuable information on Military Trauma and what it means to work in this area and the unique issues and trends that are seen in the community. Our guest presenters and panel represented Mental Health Systems, Marine Corps Community Services Miramar, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Center for Community Solutions, and Integrated Recovery Foundation. Thank you to our panel experts for sharing their knowledge and expertise! 

After the panel concluded, the SDMFC facilitated a small group discussion looking at 4 vignettes related to Trauma and Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Using the vignette as a reference and information learned from the panelists, each group answered 2 questions:

  1. How would you identify possible MST?
  2. What would you do to better support the individual in this situation?

Download the full discussion here

SDMFC also provided a Fact Sheet with some information about Military Trauma and Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

Check out our fact sheet below or download it!

Can’t see the chart? Go straight to the source here and see more information about military trauma!

SDMFC Monthly Convenings are every 4th Friday of the month, 10:00am – 12:00pm @ Mission Valley Library. Join us on July 27th for our next one on Back-to-School Resources

Keep connected to our convenings, newsletters, and other community events at https://www.facebook.com/sdmilfam/

Please see below if you would like to watch the panel on Facebook LIVE or to read our panelist bios.

See here for the Facebook LIVE stream of our June 2018 Convening


Panelist Biographies

Brianna Roepke (Center for Community Solutions) – Brianna Roepke is a Navy Veteran. She currently works at the Center for Community Solutions as a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate. Brianna graduated from National University with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health. broepke@ccssd.org

Ron Gellis (Integrated Recovery Foundation) – A former Naval Psychologist, Dr. Ron Gellis has been a Clinical, Forensic and Sports Psychologist in California for over 35 years. He has spent most of his career specializing in PTSD, MST, TBI, Addictive and/or Co-Occurring disorders. In 2015, Ron founded Integrated Recovery Foundation, a program designed to give female veterans a safe place to heal while recovering from the effects of MST (Military Sexual Trauma) and PTSD. For more information please go to www.IRF22.org. drron@integrated-recovery.com

Latricia Kamins (MCAS Miramar) – Latricia Kamins has an extensive background in the fields of counseling, advocacy, and prevention and has received a Masters degree in Community Counseling and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services Counseling. Latricia has worked at Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) – Women in Crisis/Recovery Program/Response Sexual Assault Support, the Pines Residential Treatment Center, National Counseling Group, and previously served honorably in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. She was hired by the Army as the Victim Advocate Coordinator for the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program in VA.  and was hired as Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) for the San Diego Navy SAPR program until assuming her current position as the SAPR Program Manager for Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. In 2012, Latricia Kamins was selected as The Marine Corps Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) of the Year Award.  DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) annually recognize individuals at a Pentagon ceremony whose work has been particularly noteworthy and who demonstrate outstanding service in support of the SAPR program. Throughout her career, Ms. Kamins has devoted her life’s work as a human service provider for the safety and well being of others and she continues to be a strong advocate for the rights of victims of sexual violence. latricia.kamins@usmc.mil

Joe Salvati (MCCS Miramar) – Joe Salvati has worked for Marine Corps Community Services for 11 years as an advocate for community services, a life skills trainer, and currently as a domestic violence and child abuse prevention and education trainer. Joe holds an ATD Master Trainer certification, and is a certified trainer in multiple subjects, including anger management, positive parenting, relationship enhancement courses, and sexual assault prevention courses.  He is currently studying for a Master’s of Social Work from Indiana University, set to graduate in summer of 2019. joe.salvati@usmc.mil

LaShonda Hill (Mental Health Systems) – LaShonda Hill is a U.S Navy Veteran and former SAPR. She has spent 11.5 years on active duty and a year and a half with the reserves. After ending her military career, she continued to serve the population through the Department of Defense and Veteran Affairs. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice and later pursued her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. She currently serves the active duty and veteran population as a Veteran Peer Navigator. couragetocall@mhsinc.org

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Post By: Adrian Edquid. Adrian is a BSW graduate and is serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the San Diego Military Family Collaborative.