30th Annual Conference of the Professions - April 22, 2016

Coming Home: The Professions Supporting Veterans

COP 2016

Our Keynote Speaker

Colonel Elspeth Ritchie, MD, MPH, U.S. Army (ret.)

elspethDr. Ritchie is a forensic psychiatrist with especial expertise in military and veterans' issues. She retired from the Army in 2010 after holding numerous leadership positions within Army Medicine, including the Psychiatry Consultant. Most recently she was the Chief Clinical Officer of the Department of Behavioral Health for the District of Columbia. An internationally recognized expert, she brings a unique public health approach to the management of disaster and combat mental health issues.

She trained at Harvard, George Washington, Walter Reed, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and has completed fellowships in both forensic and preventive and disaster psychiatry. She is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Georgetown and Howard Universities. Her assignments and other missions have taken her to Korea, Somalia, Iraq, and Cuba.  

Her over 200 publications are mainly in the areas of forensic, disaster, suicide, ethics, military combat and operational psychiatry, and women's health issues. Major publications include the Military Medicine Textbook on Combat and Operational Behavioral Health, The Mental Health Response to the 9/11 Attack on the Pentagon, Mental Health Interventions for Mass Violence and Disaster, Humanitarian Assistance and Health Diplomacy: Military-Civilian Partnership in the 2004 Tsunami Aftermath, and the 2013 series on The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicines for the Treatment of PTSD in Military Service Members.  

She is the senior editor of the forthcoming volumes: Forensic and Ethical Issues in Military Behavioral Health, Women at War, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Related Diseases in Combat Veterans: A Clinical Casebook. Under development are Intimacy After Injury: Restoring Sexual Health on Return from Combat and Personal Experiences of Psychiatrists in the Combat Zone.

Panel Discussion

Brian Farlow, JD, Partner at Gruber Elrod Johansen Hail Shank LLP
Lia A. Thomas, MD, Medical Director of Mental Health Trauma Services, USVA North Texas Health Care System
Rev. Canon Robert L. Young, SSC, Assistant Priest at St. Laurence Anglican Church

Byron Harris, retired WFAA TV Reporter, Investigative Journalist and Army Veteran, will serve as this year's moderator


Dallas Bar Association
Dallas County Medical Society
Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility
UT Southwestern Medical Center
SMU Dedman School of Law
SMU Perkins School of Theology

About the Conference

Conference of the Professions brings together members of law, medicine, and theology in the Dallas area to discuss common challenges—ethical and otherwise—facing these professions. The conference is a joint effort and collaboration between the Dallas County Medical Society, Dallas Bar Association, SMU Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility, SMU Dedman School of Law, SMU Perkins School of Theology and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Past Conferences

Supersizing the Professions: Ethical Issues Facing Mega-Churches, Law Firms and Medical Practices - 04/17/2015
Agony and Ecstasy: How Your Emotions Affect Practice - 05/09/2014
Shortcuts and High Roads: Everyday Morality and the Professions - 04/26/2013
Professional Ethics and Social Media: Like? - 10/14/2011
A Lawyer, a Priest, and a Doctor walk into a bar... The Ethics of Humor in the Professions - 10/14/2010
Generational Expectations and the Professions - 02/17/2009
What in God's Name Am I Doing? - 02/11/2008
Preparing for Disaster: Fire, Flood, and the Flu - 03/30/2007
Apology and the Professions - 03/01/2006
Healthcare for the Uninsured - 10/06/2004
Sexual Misconduct Within the Professions: Restoring Public Trust - 11/13/2003
Information Privacy and the Professions - 10/17/2002
Honor Thy Children? The Challenge of a Child-Centered Practice - 11/15/2001
Technology and the Environment: Promise of Benefits, Risks of Harm - 10/19/2000
Engineering of Human Tissue - 10/01/1999
Challenges to Diversity in the Professions - 10/22/1998
Death and Dying - 10/27/1997
Politics and the Professions - 11/21/1996
The Human Genome - 10/17/1995
The Professions and Violence in the Family - 10/25/1994
Money and the Professions - 10/28/1993
Chemical Dependency - The Professional's Responsibility to Each Other and to the Community - 03/14/1992
The Role of the Professional in the Community - 03/27/1991
Women and Men in the Professions: A Question of Balance in the 21st Century - 1990
The Socialization of the Professional and Mid-Career Burnout - 1989
AIDS, The Emerging Crisis - 01/20/1988
Self Regulation for the Professions - 12/09/1986
The Meaning of Professional Responsibility Today - 10/24/1985
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