Workshops & Webinars

Swords to Plowshares has developed partnerships with foundations and agencies to deliver services to clients. Our experience in building these relationships and providing supportive services to veterans is an asset that we share through workshops and webinars. We believe that we can further our reach by educating the community to more effectively assist veterans through technical assistance, legal training, and deeper understanding of issues that affect veterans.


Workshops

Grantee Training Conference for Dual-State Veteran Employment Collaborative
October 13 – 14, 2016
The Veteran Employment Collaborative is funded by the Walmart Foundation and consists of organizations in California and Texas that provide employment and job training services for veterans, wrap-around care to remove barriers to successful employment, and increase veterans’ overall health and economic stability.

Veteran Employment Strategy Summit
September 29, 2016
Swords to Plowshares hosted the summit at the California Endowment in Oakland, California to deliver our Combat to Community® training for HR professionals, hiring managers, and veteran leaders.

4th Annual Mental Health Summit
August 12, 2016
The Veterans Mental Health Summit brings together veteran service organizations with the goal of enhancing access to mental health services, particularly suicide prevention services, for veterans and their family members residing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Combat to Community: Engaging Veterans in the Workforce
July 15, 2016
Creating employment initiatives for veterans brings value to companies. This workshop is an opportunity for recruiters, hiring managers and HR professionals to learn practical means of recruiting, hiring and retaining veteran employees.

3rd Annual Mental Health Summit
September 25, 2015
This working meeting brings together organizations that serve veterans to strengthen partnerships between the VA and the community and enhance access to services for veterans and their families​.

Moral Injury and Veterans Symposium
September 15, 2015
The symposium offers presentations, panels, and discussions to improve understanding of moral injury and its effects on veterans.

Combat to Community: Engaging Veterans in the Workforce
July 15, 2015
Hiring veterans is good for business. This event provided an opportunity for recruiters, hiring managers and HR professionals to learn practical means of recruiting, hiring and retaining veteran employees.

Military Sexual Trauma Online Training: Treatment Considerations, and Access to Care + Benefits
April 30, 2015
This training provided information and training to professionals who interact with and serve survivors of military sexual assault to educate to issues unique to veterans  and assist them more effectively.

Women Veterans Professional Network
May 30, 2015
This networking event, in collaboration with Women Veterans Connect, provided workshops to women veterans to improve career and personal development.

Forum to Focus on Underrepresented Veterans
April 15, 2015
This forum presented behavioral health providers, advocates, and others to learn about the unique experiences of underrepresented veterans: women, LGBT, racial and ethnic minorities, male survivors of military sexual trauma and inter-partner violence, and veterans with less-than-honorable discharges.


Webinars

Visit our YouTube page for our archived webinars and other videos.

Ending Veteran Homelessness: Where are We Now?
May 19, 2016
This online seminar discusses the national and community picture of efforts in the last five years, veteran populations most at risk, systematic responses in place throughout communities and strategies moving forward to address the unmet needs.

Right to Care: Voices of Swords to Plowshares’ Veteran Community
​May 17, 2016
This webinar aims to amplify the veteran narrative within the VA Commission on Care deliberative materials. Swords to Plowshares’ Institute for Veteran Policy investigated access to VA and non-VA systems of care, and measured perceptions of the qualify of services among the Swords to Plowshares veteran community.

Veterans in Criminal Justice – New Developments in California Law and Treatment
October 28, 2015
This webinar provides behavioral health providers, veteran legal advocates, and others with an understanding of the circumstances in which veterans can become justice-involved, data on justice involvement, and California laws and treatment programs which affect veterans in criminal justice.

Military Sexual Trauma Online Training – Treatment Considerations and Access to Care
April 30, 2015
This training provides information and training to professionals who interact with and serve survivors of military sexual assault. The intention is to improve participant knowledge of military culture, challenges survivors face, available resources and benefits for their clients.

Veterans and Bad Paper
March 13, 2015
The webinar covers veterans who receive a less than honorable discharge from the military, commonly referred to as “bad paper”, and methods to overcome subsequent barriers to VA healthcare and benefits. It also focuses on the emotional, psychological and financial stresses which may arise from unjust bad discharge status.

Suicide and Post Holiday Depression
January 15, 2015
Suicide rates are known to increase around the holidays, and for behavioral health providers working with veterans and veteran families, this is a crucial time to deliver much needed resources and support with an understanding of the nexus between trauma and suicide among veterans.

VA Compensation & Disability
February 27, 2014
This webinar aims to improve the outcomes for veterans by informing the assistance they receive in the process and give grantees a understanding of VA Compensation and Disability benefits for veterans.

Technical Assistance

Social Media Best Practices for Veteran Nonprofits
December 1, 2016
This technical assistance webinar for nonprofits discusses best practices in social media, integrating and aligning social media with your strategic goals and target audiences, content strategies, holiday campaigns and other fundraising strategies, and tracking your results.

Veteran Employment Outreach: A How-To for California and Texas VEC Grantees
May 22, 2016
This technical assistance webinar is designed for grantees of our California and Texas Veteran Employment Collaborative to maximize your outreach efforts to veterans seeking employment and other wraparound services, including targeting hard to reach veteran cohorts, and using a variety of methods to engage veterans (veteran and non-veteran agencies, social media, etc).

Program Development and Sustainability for CA and TX Veteran Employment Collaborative
June 24, 2015
This webinar provides technical assistance to California and Texas Veteran Employment Collaborative sub-grantees with tools and resources to effectively plan for and sustain their programs.

How-to for grantees of the California Veteran Employment Collaborative
October 22, 2014
This webinar was developed for grantees of our California Veteran Employment Collaborative. It is designed to help maximize abilities to act as job brokers for veterans and employers, set up job training programs and form cohort models.

How-to for grantees of the Texas Veteran Employment Collaborative
December 4, 2014
This webinar was developed for grantees of our Texas Veteran Employment Collaborative to help maximize abilities to act as job brokers for veterans and employers, set up job training programs and form cohort models.

Legal and Pro Bono Training

Legal Training – On the Job Training, Part 1
February 11, 2015
This training aims to educate California Veterans Service Representatives who are currently participating in the CDVA training academy. It reviews Chapters 2-8 of the training manual, discuss some special issues, and answer questions from those in attendance.

Legal Training – On the Job Training, Part 2
March 10, 2015
This webinar reviews Chapters 9 – 16 of the training manual, discuss some special issues, and answers questions from those in attendance.

Legal Training – On the Job Training, Part 3
March 24, 2015
The webinar cover CHAMPVA, the VA’s new Fleeing Felon policy, and Debt Waivers, as well as other topics included in Chapters 17-24 of the training manual.

Legal Training – On the Job Training, Part 4
April 7, 2015
We discuss issues arising from subject matter in the last quarter of the training manual to include: interviewing sensitive clients, how to obtain National Guard/Reserves records, the meaning of willful and persistent misconduct, previous terms of honorable service, and writing powerful statements.

Legal Training – Fully Developed Claims and Evidence Development
February 11, 2015
This webinar was prepared as a 90-minute Continuing Education Unit for the California Department of Veterans Affairs. We discuss VA presumptions including Gulf War, Agent Orange, tropical diseases, and more.

Legal Training – VA Presumptions of Service Connection
February 11, 2015
We explain the rules for Fully Developed Claims. We also discuss Evidence Development including ordering records, writing stressor statements, and writing statements in support of claims.

Pro Bono Opportunities
July 17, 2015
This webinar discusses ways volunteer attorney can become involved in Swords to Plowshares’ Pro Bono Program.

Pro Bono Attorney Training
June 9, 2015
This webinar provides training for Pro Bono attorneys who will be staffing a legal clinic as well as taking on a full scope case with Swords to Plowshares.

Pro Bono Clinic Training for Law Students
November 14, 2014
This webinar provides a brief training for law students assisting at the Swords to Plowshares Legal Clinics. We review VA benefits and eligibility requirements, the elements of VA service-connected disability compensation, procedures for filing a VA claim, Legal Clinic policies and procedures, and veteran cultural competency.