Beyond the Yellow Ribbon II - A Conference for Healthcare Professionals

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The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs, in collaboration with IDHS/Division of Mental Health, is presenting "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon II -- A Conference for Healthcare Professionals", an all day forum scheduled on June 5th focusing on the identification, manifestations and recent developments in strategies for treating PTSD, trauma and other combat-related disorders. The conference is designed for mental and medical healthcare practitioners as well as social service professionals who work with veterans and their families. This comprehensive forum will provide participants additional practical insights on how PTSD and trauma can affect both the immediate and long-term emotional and physical well-being of returning veterans, their spouses and children. It will also provide practical tools for treatment and support.

The conference runs from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM with a working lunch. The agenda includes such topics as "PTSD and It's Effect on the Military Homecoming", "Traumatic Brain Injury in Combat" and "The Bullet Proof Mind". Among the featured speakers are internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier and speaker, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and UIC Professor of Psychology and Licensed Clinical Psychologist John Mundt, Ph.D. Grossman is recognized as one of the world's preeminent experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence. Mundt has supervised and trained psychiatry residents, medical students, and psychology interns in psychotherapy, diagnostic interviewing, and active case management in addition to being invited to present in more than 40 cities on the nature and impact on PTSD in returning combat veterans

All mental healthcare and other professionals such as primary care physicians and pediatricians and others likely to screen, treat or assist returning veterans and their family members should attend this unique event. "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon II" will be held at the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, 1200 Burr Ridge Parkway, Burr Ridge, IL 60527.

Further information and online registration go to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon - Alexian Brothers Health website ( or call AlexianConnects at 1-866-253-9426. The $35 registration fee covers CEU credits, lunch and refreshments.

For non-registration questions and concerns contact John Banks-Brooks at (217) 785-3298. This is a US Veteran Affairs approved conference.