May 23-24, San Diego, CA
This year’s conference theme, “Joining Forces to Strengthen Resilience” was chosen to emphasize the important role of collaboration to further the common interest in promoting psychological wellness.
This event is the only one of its kind that brings together such a diverse audience that is united in its passion to help ensure the psychological well-being of our Sailors and Marines. In his welcome letter to attendees, Capt. Scott Johnston, NCCOSC director, said, “Current events increasingly remind us that even as our armed conflicts wind down, the stresses and demands on our service members and their families continue. They are not likely to abate for some time, and all are being called upon to do more with less. Clearly, the need to build and preserve psychological resilience has never been more critical.”
The conference will serve as an opportunity to ‘learn from one another’. According to Johnston, “Line leaders will help the medical community to understand the realities of readiness and operational needs. Healthcare providers, in turn, will inform leaders of the best ways to identify stress and to mitigate it. Researchers will share findings from important studies that are under way, and there will be information on new treatments that show promise in helping our Sailors and Marines. These insights all will aid family members, whose support is so vital to the mission, in understanding and supporting their service members and in learning new skills that they can use to help themselves.”
Conference tracks include: Navy, Marine Corps, Research Clinical, Family and Specialty.
In addition to the wide variety of sessions, leadership excellence will also be recognized. The Epictetus Leadership Award will be presented to an exemplary Marine and Sailor who have demonstrated excellence in executing any of the five core leader functions of combat and operational stress control – to strengthen, mitigate, identify, treat and reintegrate – within their commands/units.
Several pre-conference workshops are scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, 2012, including the Third Annual Stress Research Meeting, the OSC Navy Leader Course and Operational Stress Control and Readiness (OSCAR) team training.
Vice Admiral Richard Hunt, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Vice Admiral Gerald Beaman, Commander, U.S. Third Fleet; and Rear Admiral Elizabeth Niemyer, Deputy Chief, Wounded, Ill, & Injured, Director, Navy Nurse Corps will be in attendance and will address the importance of working together to build resilience.
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