On March 10, the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse, and the Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center sponsored an all-day Practice Improvement Collaborative conference to highlight best practices in behavioral health for military families in North Carolina. Speakers included Diane Coffill, State Family Program Director, North Carolina National Guard; Christina Wildy, Director of Psychological Health, 81st Regional Support Command, Office of the Command Surgeon, US Army Reserve; Steven L. Sayers, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia VA MIRECC; Gregory L. Inman Ph.D., Team Leader, Raleigh Vet Center; and Robert M. Bray, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, and Becky Lane, Ph.D., Research Psychologist, RTI International.
Ms. Coffill heads the Families Program, with staff located across the State in 11 centers. She works closely with National Guard families to ensure that they receive the services and supports that they need. Ms. Wildy has responsibility for the psychological health of over 50,000 Reservists and their families in nine states, including North Carolina, and two territories, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Dr. Sayers offers therapeutic services to military couples and their families and has published research on integration challenges that military families face post deployment. Dr. Inman provides integrative behavioral couples therapy to couples in a Vet Center setting. Dr. Bray and Dr. Lane are collaborating with the developers of the PROSPER platform used to deliver the Strengthening Families Program 10-14. Moderated by Ms. Coffill, panel members included Alice Dean, Child and Youth Coordinator, NC National Guard, and the speakers. The conference was held at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
- Diane Coffill NC National Guard Family Program
- Dr. Wei Li Fang, Needs Assessment Survey of Guard Families in NC
- Christina Wildy, Working with Reserve Families
- Dr. Steve Sayers, Challenges Faced by Military Families
- Dr. Greg Inman, Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy
- Drs. Bob Bray and Becky Lane, Military Families in NC