The Cultural Intersection of Depression, Trauma, and Suicide Risk among Veterans and Service Members
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Expires on Jun 03, 2024
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 Psych CE Credit
1 SW CE Credit
1 COP Credit

This presentation will provide an in-depth exposition on issues of sociomilitary culture and experiential reflection within the context of the mental health of service members and veterans, as narrated through a historical and contemporary lens, with perspectives on treatments and the mental health implications of a post-COVID military. 


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity with post-test.

This presentation was recorded on July 3, 2021.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the sociomilitary implications of mental health among entry-level service members.  
  • Assess the common gaps in understanding the relationship between military service and mental illness.  
  • Describe the unique challenges presented during various wartime eras and evolutionary approaches used to address mental illness in service members returning from combat.


  • Understand sociomilitary culture 
  • Review of mental health challenges in a military context 
  • Understand changing culture within the military  
  • Closing gaps in care and addressing cultural competency  
  • Presenter Q&A

Target Audience

Counselor, Peer Specialist/Peer Support, Physician (Non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Psychologist, Social Worker

Instructional Level

Introductory, Intermediate 

Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: June 3, 2021
Program End Date: June 3, 2024

Ongoing Interdisciplinary Discussion Board

If there are any topics covered in this webinar that you would like to discuss with colleagues in the mental health field, post a question or comment on SMI Adviser’s Webinar Roundtable Topics discussion board ( This is an easy way to network and share ideas with other clinicians who participate in this webinar.

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, CE credit for psychologists, CE credit for social workers, nursing continuing professional development pharmacology contact hours (NCPD, formerly CNE), or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course, including viewing the full video and submitting an evaluation. A multiple-choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), CE certificate (psychologists), CE certificate (social workers), NCPD (nurses), or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the completion date and hours/credits earned.

Continuing Education Credit


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The American Psychiatric Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. American Psychiatric Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers

American Psychiatric Association, provider #1743, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. American Psychiatric Association maintains responsibility for this course. 

ACE provider approval periods: 05/18/2020 – 05/18/2021 

ACE provider approval periods: 05/18/2021 – 05/18/2024 

Social workers completing this course receive 1.0 continuing education credits. 

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

All financial relationships relevant to this activity have been mitigated.


  • Sherman Gillums, Jr., MS is a retired U.S. Marine officer and former senior executive at Paralyzed Veterans of America and AMVETS, two of the largest congressionally chartered veteran service organizations in the country. For 17 years, he has fought to remove barriers to timely access to quality care and worked to reduce unemployment and suicide among the nation’s most vulnerable veterans, as well as military families and caregivers. He has testified on Capitol Hill, engaged the White House on a host of issues, appeared on major networks such as CNN, Fox News, NPR and C-SPAN, and in national print media as an influential voice on policy and government accountability. He was selected by HillVets as among the 100 Most Influential Persons in 2016 and one of the Mighty 25 Military Influencers by “We Are The Mighty” in 2020. Sherman currently serves as Chief Strategy & Operations Officer at the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). Sherman reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.


    • Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
    • Stacy Coyle, PsyD, The Ross Center. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
    • Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
    • Sherin Khan, LCSW, Thresholds. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

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Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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Funding for SMI Adviser was made possible by Grant No. SM080818 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, SAMHSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.
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