Thank you to all of the sponsors, partners, presenters, exhibitors and volunteers for an outstanding event!

Scroll down for the link to request CEUs and for breakout session materials.

Save-the-date for next year and plan to join us on April 18 & 19, 2018, for the 9th annual Symposium!


The Coalition and our public & private sector planning partners are pleased to present the

8th Annual Statewide Symposium in Support of Service Members, Veterans & Their Families

April 19 & 20, 2017

Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd | Phoenix, AZ 85040

Click here to download a Symposium Packet.


This year’s event featured:

2 days of programming & 9 tracks – all focused on increasing knowledge, skills & abilities for serving and supporting the military, veteran and family population.

Networking with representatives from the military, government & community.

Exhibitor fair with programs and resources to assist service members, veterans & families.

Continuing Education Units provided for a variety of disciplines (see below for details).

2017 Symposium Tracks

View the Symposium Agenda, including all 36 breakout session topics.

(Please note that topics and speakers are subject to change, however the most current agenda will always be posted here.)

NEW THIS YEAR! Visit the 2017 Symposium App.

On the app, you can view breakout session descriptions and presenter/moderator bios.

You can also ask questions and let the presenters know what you’d like to learn about in advance of the event!

ACMF Symposium Promo Video from Arizona Coalition on Vimeo.

Comments from past Symposium Attendees:

“I am armed with new tools for my toolbox and I’m ready to be part of the change.”

“A lot of people talk about veterans and veteran support, but it’s a different world to find people that really take action.”

“Thank you for giving us this great opportunity to be better informed and to network.”

“I want to say THANK YOU for all that your team did to make the symposium last week so awesome! This was my first year to attend and I was totally blown away by it all! The amount of knowledge I walked away with and the number of contacts I now have is beyond belief!”


AGENDA: View the 2017 Symposium Agenda.

(Please note that topics and speakers are subject to change, however the most current agenda will always be posted here.)

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: All attendees can request a certificate of attendance or continuing education credits at no additional cost by completing a request after the event. To complete your CEU request, complete the form at this link:

If you have questions about continuing education, please contact the Greater Valley Area Health Education Center at or call 480-288-8260 x100.

NURSING: This event has been approved for 8.5 Continuing Education Units by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider Number: CEP12830.

SOCIAL WORK: Your application for CEU-preapproval from the AZ Chapter of NASW for “Statewide Symposium is Support of Service Members, Veterans & Their Families” (4-19 & 20, 2017) is approved for a total of 12.25 contact hours. Your certification #3119.

COUNSELORS: A certificate of attendance will be provided.

PACE/CCM: This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM board certified case managers. The course is approved for 8.5 (April 19 & 20, 2017-Both days) CE Contact hours. Activity Code: C00025685 Approval Number: 170000691.

HUMAN RESOURCES: This activity is approved for Professional Development Credits (PDCs) by Arizona SHRM (Activity ID: 17-VAOMA – Up to 9.5 PDCs – 4.5 on April 19 and 5.0 on April 20).  

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION (CLE): Symposium programming may be eligible for CLE credit. A CLE certificate of participation will be provided for attorneys who wish to utilize this continuing education event for credit. Email to request a form.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Thanks to the support of our partners and sponsors, full and partial scholarships are available to offset the cost of registration for those who would not otherwise be able to attend and to those traveling from outside of Central Arizona. To request a scholarship, please complete the form at this link and a member of the ACMF team will follow up with you (Note: please wait to register for the event until you hear from our team. A special link will be provided. Thank you!):


Discounts are available for Military/Veteran Resource Network partner organizations and Arizona Veteran Supportive Employers and Military/Veteran Resource Navigators. Discount links will be sent to all partners, employers and navigators at the beginning of February. If you don’t receive yours via email, please contact us at or 602-753-8802.

Discounts are available for groups of 3+ (10%) and 8+ (15%) from the same organization. Please use these codes to register all participants at the same time.

Group of 3+

Group of 8+


Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact or 602-753-8802 for more information.

NOTE: Exhibitor registration is separate from participant registration and must be confirmed in advance.


The conference center is located south of Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Hotels near the airport, especially on the south side, will be in close proximity to the Symposium. Here are a few options in the vicinity. Note that we don’t have a specific room block for the Symposium at any of htese hotels however the Homewood Suites and Courtyard may offer a special rate for participants of events at Desert Willow Conference Center:

Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix Airport South | Courtyard Phoenix Airport | GreenTree Inn & Suites | Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes | Sheraton Phoenix Airport 


Requests for cancellation must be received by 3/31/17 at Registrations may be transferred to another individual.

For special accommodations, including dietary restrictions, please email or call 602-753-8802 by 4/12/17.


The following are PowerPoints, handouts and recommended resource materials provided by the presenters for some of the 36 breakout sessions at the Symposium. Are you looking for something not posted? Contact our team at and we will try to assist.

TRACK: Military/Veteran in Arizona

Recovering Following Polytrauma – Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) newsletters – Fall 2016 | Summer 2016 | Self-Care

LBGTQ: Then & NowPhoenix VA LBGT Coordinator

TRACK: Basic Needs, Benefits & Beyond

Exercise, Sleep & Nutrition – Using the Performance Triad for Optimal Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery (webinar) | The Role of Sleep, Activity, and Nutrition in the Treatment and Recover of TBI (webinar) | PowerPoint

Aging Veterans & Suicide PreventionPowerPoint

State & Federal BenefitsPowerPoint | List of ADVS Offices

Mental Health Services in the VASouthern AZ VA | Northern AZ VA | Phoenix VA


TRACK: Clinical Practice & Skills in Mental Health

Compassion FatigueHelping the Helper PowerPoint | Secondary Traumatic Stress | Symptoms | Resilience Plan | Recommended Reading | Quality of Life Scale

Mental Health of Military & Veteran Family MembersResource List | Impact of Invisible Injuries | Asking for Help | Depression | TBI | Reuniting | Deployment | Couples After Deployment | Health of the Family

TRACK: Veterans in the Workforce

Arizona Veteran Supportive Employers

TRACK: Faith & Spirituality

Moral Injury – Recommended Books: Soul Repair | What Have We Done | War and the Soul | Nam Vet | Killing from the Inside Out | Presentation from 2016 Symposium: PTSD/Moral Injury Program at Minneapolis VA

Veteran & Chaplain Panel – Articles: Story of a US Marine | Moral Injury | Chaplains view on moral injury

Best Practices for Faith CommunitiesGetting started guide | Combat Trauma Healing Manual | American Bible Society resources

TRACK: Clinical Practice & Skills in Substance Use

Medication Assisted TreatmentMAT Residential Tx List | Naloxone Overdose Brochure | MAT Medication Comparisons | MAT Myths Infographic | CMS Brochure | MAT Child Abuse Tips

TRACK: Family Matters

AutismSpectrum | Resource List | MCEC Military Connected Children Info | Early Access to Care Trained Providers | Autism in Arizona | Additional information | Angry Bird Scale | TRICARE Autism

TRACK: Women Veterans

Entrepreneurship, Employment, EmpowermentSBA PowerPoint


For information on the 2010 – 2016 Symposiums, visit the event archive page.