Military Advisory Board Chair and Program Director,
Military Families Program
Ph.D. (Public Affairs) University of Central Florida, 2013
- Retired United States Army
- Chair, Military and Veteran Task Force, Florida National Association of Social Workers
- Veteran Consultant for TBI/SCI, NeuroRestorative, Inc., Avalon Park, Florida
- Faculty Advisor to the University of Central Florida, Student Veteran’s Association
2012: Dr. Bermes developed and fielded a Masters in Military Social Work Certificate Program within the College of Health and Public Affairs. The program is focused to develop clinical military social workers within community-based settings.
2012-2013: Dr. Bermes was a member of the Expert Panel for Military Social Work Practice Standards Development: Military, Veterans, and Families, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Washington, D.C., that wrote and fielded the first practice standards for the emerging field of military social work. He also sat on the Expert Panel for Military Credentialing Standards Development: Military, Veterans, and Families, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Washington, D.C., that established the first credential recognizing practice expertise within military social workers.
Military Family Program
Dr. Bermes received both his Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida. He is a Certified Addictions Specialist (CAP) licensed in the state of Florida and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC). Prior to his current position, Dr. Bermes was the Coordinator/Instructor, Military Social Work Certificate, School of Social Work, University of Central Florida. Dr. Bermes is the recipient of the Social Worker of the Year Award, Volusia/Flagler Counties (2012), Student Social Worker of the Year, Volusia/Flagler Counties (2008), and the MSW Academic & Professional Excellence Award, University of Central Florida (2009).
He is the past Unit Chair, NASW, Volusia & Flagler Counties, Secretary, Florida NASW Executive Committee, and Military Social Work Committee, School of Social Work, University of Central Florida. Dr. Bermes has previously worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs and as the Program Director, Haven Recovery Centers, DeLand, Florida. His academic, practice, and research interests are in the area childhood adversities and their impact in the severity of posttraumatic stress disorder among military or veterans with combat-related exposure. Dr. Bermes also has expertise in behavioral health, substance use disorders, reintegration, military families, and homelessness among veterans and their families.