The Cohen Veterans Network sponsored two CVN Scholars to attend the 2018 Society of Social Work Research Conference recently. The SSWR Annual Conference is a scientific program that reflects a wide range of research interests in the contemporary social work field. This opportunity allowed our scholars to learn from and connect with connected with leaders in the field and learn about cutting-edge social work research.
Scholar Evan Dubchansky, a student at the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania who is interning at the Department of Veterans Affairs reports that the Conference “made space for some of the brightest and most influential social work minds to dialogue, teach, process, and absorb the most critical issues of our time and to come together across backgrounds, perspectives, and skill-sets to collaborate for the greater good.” He stated that “as a student of the social work profession, I feel renewed to be back on my path, bolstered by the energy and patience of committed researchers, and inspired by the benefits found in moments of connection.”
Scholar Dana Hardtman, a student at Columbia University School of Social Work and intern at The Soldiers Project identified specific presentations on relationship discord among veterans to be most impactful and stated, “I felt incredibly privileged to be in the audience learning new information I could potentially take back to my field practicum as a CVN Scholar.”
The Cohen Veterans Network is advancing veteran’s mental health by cultivating a generation of scholars who will pursue professional careers in support of mental health. We are so excited to support the bright futures of the scholars we support, and hope that the opportunities provided advance their education and their service to the field.
By Stephanie Renno, LCSW
CVN Training Manager, Clinical Programs