Recognizing an increasing need to support the mental health of military families, The Barry Robinson Center hosted the inaugural Charlie Mike Training Seminar in April 2019. This training seminar was designed to enhance clinical knowledge of mental health professionals, social workers, case managers, school staff and other providers that work with military families.
The title Charlie Mike was inspired by Special Operations Forces who often use the term as code for Continue Mission. Whether you are experiencing a mission that requires a little extra courage or an active mission that gets interrupted, Charlie Mike is all about making the mission happen. It’s about never giving up until the mission is complete.
Keynote speakers General Mark Graham (Ret.) and his wife Carol, are tireless champions of military and civilian efforts to promote mental health and suicide prevention awareness and to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health care.
Other presenters included:
Joanne Steen, MS, NCC – Author, Instructor, and Speaker on Military Loss and Grief – “What You Need to Know About Military Loss and Grief”
Stephanie Osler, LCSW – Director, CHKD Mental Health Service Line, and Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, EVMS Division of Community Pediatrics –“What Traumas (big T, little t) Do Military Connected Children Experience?”
Sidra Montgomery, Ph.D. – Researcher at Insight Policy Research – “The Military Lifestyle: Exploring the Unique Social and Cultural Context of the U.S. Military”
R. Jason Gerber, M.D., Lt. Col., USAF, MC – Developmental Pediatrician, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth – “Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Potpourri”
Amanda Yoder, M.S., Ed. and Star Wiggins, M.S., Ed. – Military Connected School Counselors, Virginia Beach Public Schools – “Supporting Military Children through Transitions of Deployments and Moving”