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NW MIRECC Presents

MIRECC Presents is a CE accredited education series on mental health topics provided by the VISN 20 Northwest MIRECC, in collaboration with the VA Employee Education System (EES). This is a webinar series held on the first and third Wednesday of each month from October to June, between Noon and 1:00pm (PT).

The intent of MIRECC Presents is to translate current scientific and clinical research into information that can be used by clinicians to enhance the care of Veterans. By integrating cutting-edge treatments and timely research into their daily clinical practices, mental health providers are empowered to provide the highest quality of care for Veterans experiencing mental health challenges.

Learning Objectives of the MIRECC Presents Series

  • To enhance knowledge and skills in assessment, differential diagnosis and the treatment of psychiatric disorders.
  • To improve the connection between contemporary research and the clinical care of psychiatric disorders.
  • To facilitate biopsychosocial multidisciplinary team management of complex psychiatric disorders.

Schedule & Presentations

Click the plus (+) symbol to expand schedules and download PDF copies of slides from individual presentations. Click the minus (-) symbol to close that section. Presentations from before 2016 are available upon request.

FY 2018 Series – October 2017 to June 2018

November 1, 2017 - Lucy Wang, MD
Update on Pharmacologic Approaches to Dementia

November 15, 2017 – Hal Wortzel, MD and Ryan Holliday, PhD
PTSD and Suicide: Conceptualization and Assessment

December 6, 2017 – Leslie Morland, PhD
Treating Anger and Aggression in Populations with PTSD

January 17, 2018 – Hannah Roggenkamp, MD
Veterans Have Feelings Too: The overlooked emotional world of combat PTSD

February 7, 2018 – Erick Turner, MD
Antidepressant Efficacy and Publication Bias

February 21, 2018 – Noelle Balliett, PhD
Treatment of Nightmares with Exposure, Relaxation, and Rescripting (ERRT-M)

March 7, 2018 – Julie Anderson, MD
Bipolar Disorder Best Practices

March 21, 2018 – Sonya Norman, PhD
Addressing Traumatic Guilt in PTSD Treatment

FY 2017 Series – October 2016 to June 2017

June 7, 2017 – Rebecca Hendrickson, MD, PhD
Sleep, Learning, and the Successful Treatment of PTSD

May 17, 2017 – Crystal Lozier, PhD
Assessing Mindfulness Among Veterans Seeking Mental Health Treatment

May 3, 2017 – Matthew Jeffreys, MD
Effective Pharmacotherapy for PTSD

April 19, 2017 – Peter Shore, PsyD
Delusion of Fusion: Telemedicine as a Conduit

April 5, 2017 – Marketa Krenek
Open Trial of Present-Centered Therapy for Co-Occurring PTSD and Substance Use Disorders

March 15, 2017 – Rev. Carol Ramsey-Lucas, BCC & Jen Sho, MSW, LCSW
Moral Repair and Spiritual Recovery: A Group Treatment for Moral Injury

March 1, 2017 – Ann Marie Roepke, PhD
Posttraumatic Growth: Positive changes emerging from the struggle with stressful events

February 15, 2017 – Hannah Roggenkamp, MD
PTSD and Inflammation

February 1, 2017 – Garth Terry, MD, PhD
The Effects of Cannabis on the Brain and Behavior

December 7, 2016 – Sheila Rauch, PhD, ABPP
Applying Cutting Edge Research Advances to PE: Safety Learning and Extinction

November 16, 2016 – James Shore, MD, MPH
American Indian Veterans Mental Health

November 2, 2016 – Michael Kauth, PhD
LGBT Veteran Health Disparities, policy, and Clinical Resources

October 19, 2016 – Jason Steward, PhD
The Incredible Hulk Syndrome: A Clinical Case Discussion on Complex PTSD, Addiction, and Treatment Considerations

October 5, 2016 – Stacy Gramann, DO & Odessa Cole, PhD
Women’s Mental Health Across the Reproductive Life Cycle

FY 2016 Series – October 2015 to June 2016

June 1, 2016 – Alan Teo, MD
Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention: A Systematic Review Focusing on Veterans

April 20, 2016 – Belle Zaccari, PhD
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: How Holistic Wellness Practices are Influencing Treatment Outcomes

April 6, 2016 – David Oslin, MD
Addiction in Late Life

March 16, 2016 – Aimee Johnson, LCSW
Suicide Prevention Program Update: Portland VA Health Care System

March 2, 2016 – Joel Mack, MD
Tardive Movement Disorders

February 17, 2016 – Kathleen Chard, PhD
Updating Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT): Research and Clinical Practice

February 3, 2016 – Lori Daniels, PhD & James Boehnlein, MD
Life-Review, Reminiscence, and war-related PTSD: Lessons learned from two groups of Vietnam Veterans

January 20, 2016 – Karen Mitchell, PhD
PTSD and Comorbid Eating Disorders in VA Mental Health Care

January 6, 2016 – Kristi Ketchum, LCSW
Safety Planning for Intimate Partner Violence


Registration for VA Staff

VA employees must register through TMS for individual sessions at least one day prior to the event. TMS registration links can be found on eBlasts sent out the week before each session or on VA Pulse.


MIRECC Presents on VA Pulse

VA Pulse users who are interested in MIRECC Presents topics and presenters can also do the following:

  • Look forward to upcoming topics
  • Follow individual sessions
  • Get up to date information quickly
  • Learn about or follow presenters
  • Ask questions about presentation content
  • Ask questions about this training series
  • Connect with presenters who are also VA Pulse users
  • View or download PDF copies of presentations



Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

CEUs offered to VA employees for MIRECC Presents:

  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other professionals supporting Veteran care

Please be advised that there is a strict 30 day cut off to request your CEU certificates.  Please complete and submit your evaluation and CEU request no later than 30 days after the live broadcast.

Community Providers

Community providers interested in registering for MIRECC Presents can attend by phone. Efforts to provide CEUs for community providers are  currently in progress.


For more information about the VA Puget Sound NW MIRECC, contact us at 206.277.5566; for more information about the Portland NW MIRECC, contact us at 503.220.3481.