Patient Care Services
Webinar Announcement August 26, 2014
“Bringing Your Community Together to Bring Our Veterans Home”
Originally broadcast August 26, 2014
- Establish the crucial role that communities play in helping Veterans reintegrate.
- Explore possible partnership models such as the VA/Clergy partnership
- Look at steps toward building community relationships, particularly between clergy and mental health providers
- Discuss practical ideas that your community can implement to help returning Veterans and their families.
Steve Sullivan, M.Div, Th.M has served as a hospital chaplain for 10 years. Currently, he is a chaplain for the Central Arkansas Veteran Health System. In 2009, Mr. Sullivan became the Clergy Coordinator for a VA pilot project through the South Central Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC). Mr. Sullivan now directs this project that seeks to build relationships between the faith community and the mental health community in rural areas in an effort to reach returning Iraq and Afghan war Veterans and their families. His current areas of interest are the study of the effects of war on the soul, the interplay between mental health and spiritual health, and theology in pop culture. Mr. Sullivan's remaining energy is devoted to parenting his 21-year-old daughter, Jenna.
Mr. Sullivan is an ordained Baptist minister and endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. A native of Arkansas, Mr. Sullivan graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He spent a year teaching conversational English in northern Thailand before earning a M. Div. degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. Mr. Sullivan later received a Th. M. degree in world religions and missions from Princeton Theological Seminary.
The "Community Clergy Training to Support Rural Veterans Mental Health" Promising Practice is funded by the VA Office of Rural Health.