Register for the LSU School of Social Work Annual Spring Conference today!


One in three returning troops are being diagnosed with serious post-traumatic stress symptoms. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, or serious accidents. Only a small amount of literature exists today addressing the issue of subthreshold PTSD, limiting the ways clinicians interact with returning veterans. Dr. Jeffery S. Yarvis, LCSW, BCD, internationally recognized military trauma expert, will address this issue with his research, serving as keynote speaker for the LSU School of Social Work spring conference, April 23-24, 2015.

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The spring conference will be held at the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Contact hours of continuing education offered will include 11 clinical hours, 3.0 BACS renewal, two hours of ethics training, and 10.5 general CEUs.

The conference will begin April 23 with a full day of innovative seminars presented by SSW faculty and alumni, covering topics such as working with LGBTQ clients, social work and social media, and EMDR therapy, a recognized effective form of trauma treatment. 

On April 24, Dr. Yarvis will discuss posttraumatic stress disorder and the nature of sub-clinical presentation and what soldiers and care givers should concern themselves with. His intimate  presentation “When trauma comes home: social work for America’s ‘Returning Warriors’ and the subtleties of reintegration” will teach participants how to understand the impact and opportunities of PTSD prevention, how to identify and respond to veteran’s behaviors, and how to effectively communicate with reintegrating warriors to their families.

Dr. Yarvis is a Clinical Associate Professor for the University of Southern California's Military Social Work Program at the Virtual Academic Center. A well published scholar in the field of traumatic stress, he recently published a book on Subthreshold Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans. He has presented on, treated, and researched the mental health concerns of veterans worldwide for 28 years. For his humanitarian leadership efforts and actions that saved lives during combat in Iraq, Dr. Yarvis was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Badge, received a commendation from Surgeon General of the Iraqi Armed Forces, and was named both US Army and Uniformed Services Social Worker of the Year.

For his work in disaster relief he was previously named Mental Health Professional of the Year by the Bell/Coryell County, Texas Chapter of the International Critical Incidence Stress Foundation and received the US Army Social Work Consultant's Special Commendation as Junior Officer of the Year. Dr. Yarvis serves on the Council of Social Work Education and National Association of Social Work's working groups on military social work. He recently departed a position as Executive Vice-president for a hospital in the National Capitol Region where he stood up a 250 person interdisciplinary psychiatry, traumatic brain injury, and addictions department that cares for over 20,000 encounters a year and established a research partnership with Harvard University and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence for Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health.  Dr. Yarvis has held numerous academic appointments and has taught and developed SW curricula throughout his human services career. 

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About SSW

The LSU School of Social Work (SSW) aspires to be a leading graduate school of social work, a vibrant center of intellectual development, a leader in promoting and supporting diverse communities, and an advocate for an integrated and inclusive model of social work, all within a learning environment that supports best educational practices. The Child and Family Studies (CFS) undergraduate degree integrates theory, research, and practice to focus on child development and family dynamics.

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About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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