Following last year’s successful inaugural event, The Barry Robinson Center will host the region’s second annual Charlie Mike Training Seminar. The training seminar will be held Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Chesapeake, Virginia.
This event helps enhance the knowledge of mental health professionals, social workers, case managers, school staff, and many other service providers. Feedback from last year’s attendees helped shape the 2020 seminar.
Southeastern Virginia is home to the world’s largest Navy base and thousands of service members from all military branches. The region appreciates this strong military presence. And BRC stands together with other partners in the community to support the military. Part of this support involves understanding the unique challenges military families face surrounding mental health.
One of this year’s featured speakers is author and Navy wife Sarah Smiley. She is the author of a syndicated newspaper column and of four memoirs: Got Here As Soon As I Could, Dinner with the Smileys, I’m Just Saying and Going Overboard.
Sarah has been featured in Parade Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, O Magazine, GoodHousekeeping, Military Spouse Magazine and Newsweek. She’s also appeared on been the Today Show, Katie Couric, Nightline, CNN, CBS The Early Show, Fox News and MSNBC.
Other featured experts include music and art therapists from Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, the director of Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters (CHKD) Mental Health, and a psychiatrist from Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg.
For 86 years, BRC has been improving the lives of children and families. Today, BRC is recognized as a premier non-profit behavioral health system. BRC continues to expand its specialized support for the mental health of military children and families through the Charlie Mike Training Seminar.
“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,” said CEO Rob McCartney. “It’s about never giving up until the mission is complete. Helping military families is our mission.”
Embedded within the military culture are many challenges that families proudly endure in service to our country, McCartney explained. BRC appreciates the support of like-minded partners to continue the mission of promoting mental health for these families.
“This seminar will bring together clinical expertise and practical tools, while fostering collaboration in the community, so we may better serve the military families that serve us all,” he added.