Skip Navigation

Home  >  Training & Conferences > Monthly Webinars

Monthly Webinars

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) hosts monthly webinars to provide information and facilitate discussion on a variety of topics related to psychological health and traumatic brain injury. The webinars are open to the public, and many provide continuing education.

Suicide in Military and Veteran Populations: Implications for Chaplains, Health Care Providers and Leaders

September 25, 2014; 1-2:30 p.m. (EDT)

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and accounts for nearly 40,000 deaths each year, according to the most recent statistics from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . In the military and veteran populations individuals may seek care from chaplains and mental health professionals.

This presentation will begin with a description of the epidemiology of suicide in the United States, with a specific focus on suicide among service members and veterans. An epidemiologic foundation of suicide provides context to understanding how current research relates to a variety of prevention strategies.

The discussion will include the role and approach of chaplains to suicide prevention in the military. Using data from a survey of chaplains in the Army, this overview will review suicide prevention efforts and factors that may enhance or constrain effective support. The presentation will conclude with recommendations from policy and research perspectives on how the military and civilian communities can bolster suicide prevention efforts.

During this webinar, participants will learn to:

  • Quantify the burden of suicide and explain the impact on military and veteran populations
  • Describe the research evidence of suicide prevention and the relevancy to the military chaplain community
  • Examine chaplain encounters with suicidality in the military and VA and their preparation to support the health care team
  • Recognize the benefit of incorporating chaplains into addressing suicide throughout the suicide cycle

Jason Nieuwsma, Ph.D.
Associate Director, VA Mental Health and Chaplaincy
Assistant Professor, Duke University Medical Center, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 6 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)
Durham, N.C.

Rajeev Ramchand, Ph.D.
Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation
Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Arlington, Va.

Dr. Jeffrey E. Rhodes, D.Min.
Contract Support, Psychological Health Promotion, Deployment Health Clinical Center
Bethesda, Md.

Continuing Education
Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register on or before September 25, 2014, at 3 p.m. (EDT) to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit. 

To qualify for receipt of continuing education credit for applicable webinars, eligible participants must create a profile in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System and register for the event on, or before, the event registration deadline. Complete responses to all pre-registration questions are required to be eligible to receive credit for attending this event. Review guidance on creating a user account and event registration in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System site.  

DCoE’s awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and/or their families.

Sign up for the webinar at


Resources: The resources listed on this Web page have been collected and prepared solely for the purpose of providing additional information on each month's webinar topic. The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the Defense Department of these websites or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and morale, welfare and recreation sites, the Defense Department does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this DoD website.

For questions, contact the webinar team.

To receive webinar announcements, sign up for email updates.

To provide feedback about last month’s DCoE webinar, please complete the Interactive Customer Evaluation form.