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Argosy University Washington DC and Give an Hour to Host Virtual Conference

Argosy University, Washington DC and Give an Hour™ (, a national nonprofit organization providing no cost mental health services to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their loved ones and their communities, will host a no-cost, virtual mental health conference on Monday, April  7, 2014. The conference will take place at 1550 Wilson Blvd, Suite 600, Arlington, Va. 22209, Room 709, and will be steamed online live at

This conference is part of a series of events, spanning three days, which Give an Hour is hosting in Washington, D.C., under the banner A Celebration of Service.

A Celebration of Service will include a community service day, a conference for students in mental health disciplines, and an evening reception and performance of the Pulitzer Prize–winning play Water by the Spoonful at the Studio Theatre on April 8, 2014. These events will bring together colleagues from the military, government, corporate, educational, and nonprofit worlds to focus on service and train the next generation of mental health professionals while encouraging volunteerism, engaging communities, and creating awareness of the need for critical mental health services.

“Although the wars are ending and the troops are returning home, their wartime experiences will affect service members and families for years to come. The sustained high suicide rates are one prominent example of the fact that serving the military population has never been more critical," says Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour.  "While we are excited to celebrate our good work and the work of those who serve, in uniform and out," she adds, “we know there is still much work to be done. Each day of A Celebration of Service offers a unique opportunity for civilians to interact with, serve alongside, and learn about the unique challenges facing our military men, women, and their families.

The complimentary, all-day conference will educate the next generation of mental health professionals on topics including "The Power of Art in the Healing Process"; "The Use of Technology to Address the Issues That Affect Those Who Serve and Their Families"; "Nontraditional Approaches to Healing"; "The Impact of War on the Children of Those Who Serve"; and "Engaging Corporate Partners – Their Role in Addressing the Invisible Wounds of War."  The conference will be live streamed to universities and colleges nationwide and will offer all participants (in person and virtual) the opportunity to join the Q&As following the panel discussions.  Virtual sites to-date include  Alliant International, Sacramento, Calif.; Brain Injury Association, Waterbury, Ver.; East Coast Training Institute, Suffolk, Va.; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.; Marymount University, Arlington, Va.;  and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill.  Moderators include Yochi Dreazen (The Atlantic), David Finkel (author, Thank You for Your Service and The Good Soldiers), Joe Klein (TIME), Quil Lawrence (NPR), Mark Thompson (TIME), and Gregg Zoroya (USA Today).

This year, Give an Hour will honor three outstanding individuals with its “Commitment to Service” award:  U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and, USMC veteran Brendan O’Toole, who recently completed his 3,600-mile Run for the Veterans in honor of the men and women who have served Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Anyone interested in participating in the livestream, may register by emailing Gretchen Eitt, Director of Student Services at by April 1, 2014.

To request accommodations in connection with this event, contact the Student Affairs Department or program organizer in advance at 703-526-5800.

About Give an Hour

Give an Hour is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of military personnel, their families, and the communities affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. As of November 2013, Give an Hour has nearly 7,000 providers across the nation—in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam—with more volunteer mental health professionals joining its network every day. In addition to counseling, providers also consult to schools, first responders, employers, and community organizations. Give an Hour has already provided approximately 104,000 hours of free service, valued at more than $10.4 million. To learn more, visit or

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