U.S. Army Medicine Civilian Corps Attends 17th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research

1/16/13 (Wed)


Jan. 16, 2013 – Fort Sam Houston, Texas – The Civilian Corps of the United States Medical Command (MEDCOM) travels to San Diego, CA to attend the 17th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research: Social Work for a Just Society: Making Visible the Stakes and Stakeholders to be held Jan. 16-20. The SSWR Annual Conference, expecting 1,400 attendees this year, provides those dedicated to social work and research with an opportunity for networking and professional development in the field. Social work makes up a significant portion of Army Medicine Civilian Corps services to active and retired military personnel and their families.

“The SSWR Annual Conference provides a great opportunity for Civilian Corps to connect with experts in the field and those interested in civilian career opportunities,” says Dr. Joseph Harrison, Chief, Recruitment and Retention, Headquarters U.S. Army Medical Command, Civilian Human Resources Division. “Social work is a vital role with Civilian Corps and specifically in the Embedded Behavioral Health (EBH) teams that are being implemented at medical treatment facilities nationwide. Civilian Corps is dedicated to staffing our hospitals and clinics with the most qualified professionals to provide excellent health care to military personnel, beneficiaries and their families.”

The EBH model establishes an efficient provider-to-patient ratio embedded within each unit’s footprints so that soldiers have easier access to behavioral health care in a timely manner. By providing an adequate number of EBH teams, dependent on the number of units, the providers are able to treat patients with preventative care before behavioral health concerns become more of an issue. The EBH model also allows providers to get to know their patients on a more personal level, ultimately establishing a trusting relationship and a rewarding career.

The Army Medicine Civilian Corps provides exceptionally rewarding career opportunities for civilians to practice their medical specialty while serving those who serve their country. Civilian Corps employees are not subject to military requirements, such as enlistment or deployment, and receive excellent benefits, including health and life insurance, flexible work schedules, tuition reimbursement and more. Interested individuals may learn more about career opportunities at state-of-the-art facilities by visiting the Civilian Corps online at

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